A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Kentucky Fried Movie

March 16, 2010

Kentucky Fried Movie

Short and sweet tonight.  Due to domestic problems we didn’t get to our movie until quite late, but darned if we’re going to miss a day when we’re only just over two weeks into our project, so we searched our collection for a movie that wouldn’t last into tomorrow.  What we came up with was Kentucky Fried Movie.. the first of the Abrahams and Zucker films.  (Best known as the makers of Airplane!)

This movie is sketch comedy.  A series of quick scenes all strung together, each its own little mini film.  The longest sketch is at the center of the movie: a parody of Enter the Dragon called A Fistful of Yen (a Samuel L Bronkowitz production.)  All around it are spoofs of ads from the seventies (I get the “I thought you were Dale” reference, but most of the others only seem odd since the ads they parody have passed into antiquity) fake television news shows (which surprisingly have hardly aged at all!) and strange sketches apparently adapted from live comedy troupe performances that the writers did before making the movie (according to the commentary track, which is well worth listening to.)  The Fistful of Yen segment in particular shows a lot of the sense of humor and type of gag that the brothers Zucker became known for.

I’ve seen this movie many, many times and yet it still makes me laugh.  It’s so quotable and full of jokes that still work after all these years.  (The alarm man with his megaphone and flashing hat.  The boom mike gags.  “Evidently you are anxious to see my operation.”  The lost drunken men who don’t know where they are no longer care.)

The humor is far more racy than that in today’s spate of annual spoof films.  Particularly the Catholic Highschool Girls in Trouble bit and Eyewitness News.  And the movie is also very, very seventies.  But it’s surprising how it remains topical even today with its jokes about oil shortages and Point/Counterpoint and the tirade about the liberals in power.

Donald Sutherland as the clumsy waiter.

“I’m not wearing any pants.  Film at eleven.”

“So far, there’s no known treatment for death.”

I could just go on quoting the film, but really wouldn’t you rather just watch it yourself?  Be ready to be shocked, appalled, and amused.

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