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Kentucky Fried Movie (Widescreen/Full Screen)
Twenty years before the Farrelly Brothers turned raunch into acceptable film comedy, the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker exploited it first. The college threesome made it big with Airplane! in 1980, but this 1977 cinematic version of their live theater show is ground zero for their talents. Like The Groove Tube, Kentucky Fried Movie is a mishmash of sketches, fake commercials, and parodies with no central theme--except their crudeness and laugh-out-loud humor. Highlights include a commercial for "Scot Free," a board game based on the Kennedy assassination conspiracy, "The Wonderful World of Sex," in which a couple goes through foreplay with a self- help narrator instructing them step by step, and a 20-minute spoof of Bruce Lee films entitled "A Fistful of Yen." Brazen to a fault, the movie will reach for any punch line, no matter how crude (and those who flocked to the film's initial release looking for R-rated sex will remember the final sketch and the infamous trailer for "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble.") Directed by then-unknown John Landis on a shoestring budget, the film has aged. But crassness, when it's this funny, is forever. --Doug Thomas
This DVD features a surprising amount of information for such a little film. More than 18 minutes of home movies shot on-set and more than 100 black-and-white pictures are included in addition to the audio commentary. Director Landis, Abrahams, the Zucker brothers, and producer Robert Weiss ruminate over the picture, admitting they haven't seen it in 20 years; a lot of the talk is asking who the various actors are and if they were still alive. More informative is the history of the Kentucky Fried Theater, how the fivesome raised money for the film, Landis's remarks on why the film would now be rated NC-17, the revelation that David Letterman auditioned, and how they lucked out in finding the lead for "A Fistful of Yen." The DVD chapter stops make it easy to find a favorite segment. Did we mention "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble"? --Doug Thomas
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It starts off with a bang. When I first rented it a few years
ago, I watched it with a few freinds. And after the opening theme song, which is strange enough. A reporter comes on and
says "The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in."
One of my freinds nearly choked on a ciggarette from laughter.
There are so many funny moments to this movie. One is where a family makes there dead kid part of the family again. As they take him to the dinner table and ball game.
Another is a spoof of a porno called "When Catholic Girls Go Wild" This is just too funny, I laugh as I'm typing thinking about it. My 3rd favorite is The Joy of Sex which is like an instructional video on how to have sex narrated by Shadow Stevens formerley of American Top 40. I could go on and name scene after scene. But they are all funny.
If you like sketch comedey and have a open mind to humor.
This is a must own. It is old but this is a classic.
I love this stupid movie.
The film originated when two brothers and their best friend--David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams--created a live show called "Kentucky Fried Theatre," and it proved such a hit that the three took the show to Los Angeles, where they managed to interest director John Landis and producer Robert Weiss in turning the whole thing into a low-budget film. Filmed with a no-name cast interspersed with cameos by Bill Bixby, Donald Sutherland, and Henry Gibson, KFM became the surprise hit of 1977.
Some of it holds up extremely well, most notably the "movie trailers" for such imaginary no-class explotation films as CATHOLIC HIGHSCHOOL GIRLS IN TROUBLE and CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ, both of which will probably have film buffs screaming with laughter. And then there is a sketch which has a couple making love according to directions issued by a phonograph record, an instructional film on the uses of zinc oxide, a wicked take-off on "Point/Counterpoint," and a still darker take-off on television public service announcement--all of them a hoot and half.
But when the film falters, it falls with a thud.Read more ›
But that's only a part of the problem. When the film lampooned a subject I did know a little about, such as Bruce Lee movies, they ignored what was truly interesting, such as the contrast between the tough masculinity of the genre and the balletic grace of Lee's art, and instead mocked the superficial infelicities of the genre, for instance the outre formulae of the plots and characters, the inept dubbing and relentless zooming, or the exagerrated fight sequences with their piercing feline squeaks. The result is the film's centrepiece, 30 plodding minutes of forced humour redeemed by one hysterically funny moment when the hero, having battered his Oddjob-heavy opponent with all his fighting prowess, turns around in slo-mo only to see him get up again - his undubbed expletive of disbelief had me in tears.
It is for these brief moments, rather than any sustained comedy, that makes the film still worth watching; the only scene I laughed at throughout - where a newsreader watches from the TV screen a young couple making out, and beckoning his colleagues to look and cheer - was only funny, I think, because they reminded me of my friends.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Great movie to watch. It is as funny as National Lampoon's Animal House. Even greater if this comes out on Blu-Ray.Published 3 months ago by Kevin Barton
My VHS copy was staring to wear out...glad to have this to replace it.Published 11 months ago by Cal
Movie is funny as anything. Not sure it was honest of them to try and sell it for extra money as a Blu Ray, the image quality is crap. I'd buy it again, but only on DVD. Read morePublished on March 17 2014 by Mark
Great Movie the movie the Zucker, Zucker and Abraham's guys made before Airplane. Full of sight gags and one liners. A must for true Airplane comedy lovers. A true cult classic.Published on Dec 6 2010 by Dr Who
I remember seeing this film the first time when I was 15. My friends and I had an inside joke with some of the more outrages sketches such as 'Catholic High School Girls in... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Thomas B. Talbot
I recommend Survivor: Borneo on DVD. A lot better than this "non sense" ROFLPublished on May 18 2004
Words can not express the amount of laughter I had when I watched this last week. I rented it and heard about it for years. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by god
I saw this movie a long time ago. When I was a kid and wasn't really supposed to see it. The funniest skit was the parody of the kung fu action flick. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Sal Paradise