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AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON
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Acclaimed director John Landis (Animal House, The Blues Brothers) presents this madcap send-up of late-night TV, low-budget sci-fi films and canned-laughter-filled sitcoms packed with off-the-wall sketches that will have you in stitches. Centered around a television station which features a 1950s-style sci-fi movie interspersed with a series of wild commercials, wacky shorts and weird specials, this lampoon of contemporary life and pop culture skewers some of the silliest spectacles ever created in the name of entertainment. A truly outrageous look at the best of the worst that television has to offer - now in this special Collector's Edition.
Contrary to popular rumor, this 1987 collection of comedy skits is not about a group of female employees from Amazon.com on a mission to the lunar surface. It's a series of unrelated spoofs and sketches designed to resemble an aimless night of TV channel-surfing, and the satirical targets include grade-Z science fiction films of the 1950s, sex films of the 1930s, hospital soap operas, and Playboy video centerfolds. There's a charity drive in which legendary bluesman B.B. King pleas for donations to help "Blacks Without Soul," and Ed Begley Jr. thinks he's the son of the Invisible Man, which would be fine if he weren't as visible as everyone else. The various sketches feature an all-star cast including Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne, Carrie Fisher, Michelle Pfeiffer, the late Phil Hartman in an early role, and many others. It's strictly hit-or-miss, and many of the sketches fall flat, especially since the subjects being spoofed (the title sketch is a send-up of the actual 1954 movie Cat Women on the Moon) are funny enough without being satirized. Even though Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide describes most of the sketches as "astonishingly unfunny," this can be a very amusing movie if you're in the mood for a no-brainer with a lot of familiar Hollywood faces. Now a modest little cult film, it's the kind of disposable entertainment that maintains its appeal almost in spite of itself. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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1. "Amazon Women on the Moon" with Capt. Nelson (Steve Forrest), Blackie (Robert Colbert), Butch (Joey Travolta), Queen Lara (Sybil Danning) and Alpha Beta (Lana Clarkson). This segment follows the astronauts traveling to the moon and finding a group of beautiful women living there.
2. "Murray in Videoland" with Murray (Lou Jacobi) and Selma (Erica Yohn). Murray gets more than he expected after purchasing a new TV.
3. "Mondo Condo" with an apartment victim played by Arsenio Hall. Arsenio gets a few surprises in his apartment.
4. "Hospital" with Brenda (Michelle Pfeiffer), Harry (Peter Horton), Doctor (Griffin Dunne) and the nurse (Brian Ann Zoccola). Not a hospital you would want to be in.
5. "Blacks Without Soul" with Don 'No Soul' Simmons (David Alan Grier) and B.B. King as himself. Funny spoofs of songs.
6. "Roast Your Loved One" with Harvey Pitnik (Archie Hahn), Bernice Pitnik (Belinda Balaski), Rick Raddnitz (Robert Picardo), Rip Taylor as himself, Slappy White as himself, Jackie Vernon as himself, Henny Youngman as himself, Charlie Callas as himself and Steve Allan as himself. Some silly jokes, but no great acting.
With such a huge cast, it's no wonder that the beginning credits only say "A lot of actors" instead of listing each one by name.Read more ›
What we get is bits of an imaginary 1950s sci-fi movie (done exceptionally well, I have to say) interspersed with a series of comedy skits of varying quality. It doesn't like an evening of flipping channels so much as a crabbed together film made to salvage a number of half baked projects.
Some of the skits are pretty funny, though none are really side splittingly so. David Allen Grier's spoof featuring "Don 'No Soul' Simmons'" is pretty funny- the first time, at least. Most of the skits are pretty sophmoric and none is terribly witty.
Save your money and rent it.
The scene "Blind Date" which stars Steve Guttenberg and Roseanna Arquette is worth the price of the DVD itself. It is absolutely hilarious. I would consider it my worst nightmare (at least in dating terms).
Parts of the movie are ridiculous, but for the most part it is very enjoyable. The best way to watch this is to go into it with an open mind and don't expect it to be realistic.
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If anything, this movie gives a better appreciation for Kentucky Fried Movie, The Groove Tube, Prime Time, and the like. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Johnny Rocker
Another reviewer said the movie's great for late night viewing with friends you know who share same sense of humor. He's right. No plot here, no need to pay attention. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2001
This movie is a riot! You will have fun not only laughing at the comedic gags and skits, but you will have fun identifying all of the stars who are in this before they made it... Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by David
A VERY SILLY MOVIE BUT A FUNNY ONE. YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT "THE NAKED LADY IN CHURCH" " THE BOY BUYING CONDOMS" " SON OF INVISIBLE MAN" IF YOU ARE... Read morePublished on March 15 2000
I love Don 'No-Soul' Simmonds. He makes me cringe every time he sings. I also loved the idea of the couple compatibility check, which I can see being marketed seriously soon... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000 by Ronald Bingham
Started with a few chuckles, then guffaws . . . had to stop the tape and calm down when it got to the "Holiday loaf" thingy . . .Published on July 8 1999