If you know the phrase “fat, drunk & stupid”, then you know one of the funniest movies of the 70’s…or perhaps this one: “looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue”…
And if you ever thought there WAS a movie called “A Fistful Of Yen”, then you know that “this is NOT A CHAWADE!”
Here are three movies that raised the bar of movie comedy forever…and set the stage for a more raucous, outrageous and politically incorrect era of comedy in the process!
Kentucky Fried Movie – Directed by John Landis – 1977
[first line in the film]
A Newscaster On Set, Looking At Audience: “The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven.”
Talk about a comic debut! “Kentucky Fried Movie” roared into theaters in 1977, directed by John Landis, who went on to make “Animal House”, “Coming To America” and many more. The film’s writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, who would go on to write and direct” Airplane!”, “Top Secret!” and the Naked Gun movies!
Narrator: Never before has the beauty of the sexual act been so crassly exploited!
“Kentucky Fired Movie” is a series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films…anything and everything that the Zuckers thought was funny – and it is hilarious!
[a woman is worried about the smell of her home as guests arrive]
1st guest: Fish for dinner last night?
2nd guest: Phewww… Harvey still smoking those cigars?
3rd guest: CHRIST! Did a cow shit in here?
Narrator: Brutal! Savage! Beyond Perversion!
BIG JIM SLADE!
One of the funniest parodies is the “self help” record a guy buys to help him with his lovemaking – he gets his girlfriend, and together they listen to the record “help” them… and the dangers that result after they begin to make out to the narration:
Sex Record Voice: “One of the most frequent problems encountered during the sexual act is that of premature ejaculation.”
[the man realizes that this just happened to him]
Sex Record Voice: “Should premature ejaculation occur, the Joy of Sex album comes equipped with BIG JIM SLADE.”
[Big Jim Slade bursts through the door]
Sex Record Voice: “Big Jim, former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, is outfitted with various whips, chains, and a sexual appetite that will knock your socks off!”
[Big Jim carries the woman away]
Sex Record Voice: “Big Jim has satisfied women throughout the world, and the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!”
A FISTFUL OF YEN!
The centerpiece for the film is “A Fistful Of Yen”, the scene-for-scene parody of Bruce Lee’s classic movie “Enter The Dragon.”
This movie captures everything that made “Enter The Dragon” so entertaining, all while putting on the movie and spoofing kung fu movies!
“Kentucky Fried Movie” announced the arrival of a great new comedy team, and while not all of the spoofs work, it is fast-paced and funny…worth finding! It was Director John Landis’ work on this film that was largely responsible for him being recommended to direct “National Lampoon’s Animal House” in 1978. Speaking of which…
National Lampoon’s Animal House – Directed by John Landis – 1978
This is the movie that made John Belushi a superstar…
As John “Bluto” Blutowsky, Belushi permeates every moment of this classic comedy!
Faber College has one frat house, Delta House, that is so disreputable it will take anyone. This hated “Animal House” is targeted by the evil Dean Wormer…but the Deltas turn the tables on the Dean, and everyone else at the school…
There are so many moments…like the classic food fight in the cafeteria:
Bluto: “See if you can guess what I am now.”
[puts a scoop of mashed potatoes in his mouth and hits his cheeks with his fists and spits it out]
Bluto: “I’m a zit. Get it?”
DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!
Great character Actor John Vernon plays Dean Wormer, who is desperate to get ride of the Deltas…
[Dean Wormer’s plotting to get rid of Delta House]
Greg Marmalard: “But Delta’s already on probation.”
Dean Vernon Wormer: “They are? Well, as of this moment, they’re on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!”
And what about the evil Neidermeyer!
Here’s a fact: this was Kevin Bacon’s movie debut, with his classic line “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!
Eric ‘Otter’ Stratton: “You guys up for a toga party?”
John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky: “Toga! Toga!”
Virtually unheard of, “Toga Parties” became all the rage in colleges all over America after the release of this film.
AND DON’T FORGET DEAN WORMER’S CLASSIC WORDS TO FLOUNDER:
“Son, fat drunk & stupid is no way to go through life.” Indeed!
This is one of the biggest comedy hits of all time….and lead to what is considered the funniest movie EVER MADE!
Airplane – Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker – 1980
Yes, the guys who wrote “Kentucky Fried Movie” were just warming up for the first of their many comic masterpieces – AIRPLANE!
The idea was simple and classic: make a parody of that old movie standard – the disaster film – and hit the audience with a non-stop barrage of comedy set pieces. Unlike “A Fistful of Yen'” 30-minute running time, this is a whole movie parody…
Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn’t want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted.
Of course, Capt. Oveur is more interested in getting to know Joey…
Captain Oveur: “Joey, have you ever been in a… in a Turkish prison?”
And of course little Joey recognizes the very familiar co-pilot:
Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roger Murdock: I’m sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot.
Joey: You are Kareem! I’ve seen you play. My dad’s got season tickets.
Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now Joey. Right Clarence?
Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he’s not bothering anyone, let him stay here.
Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is…
[showing his nametag]
Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.
Joey: I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense.
[Kareem’s getting mad]
Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.
Roger Murdock: [breaking character] The hell I don’t! LISTEN KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
This is the movie that turned Leslie Nielsen into a comic legend…
Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.
And what about Barbara Billingsley, the “Leave It To Beaver” Mom in a hilarious cameo as the Lady Who Speaks Jive:
Randy: Can I get you something?
Second Jive Dude: ‘S’mofo butter layin’ me to da’ BONE! Jackin’ me up… tight me!
Randy: I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
First Jive Dude: Cutty say ‘e can’t HANG!
Jive Lady: Oh stewardess! I speak jive.
Randy: Oh, good.
Jive Lady: He said that he’s in great pain and he wants to know if you can help him.
Randy: All right. Would you tell him to just relax and I’ll be back as soon as I can with some medicine?
Jive Lady: [to the Second Jive Dude] Jus’ hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da’ rebound on da’ med side.
Second Jive Dude: What it is, big mama? My mama no raise no dummies. I dug her rap!
Jive Lady: Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don’ want no help, chump don’t GET da’ help!
First Jive Dude: Say ‘e can’t hang, say seven up!
Jive Lady: Jive ass dude don’t got no brains anyhow! Shiiiiit.
And of course Ted Striker, who panics when he has to land the disabled plane…
[Thinking to himself]
Ted Striker: I’ve got to concentrate…
[his thoughts echo]
Ted Striker: concentrate… concentrate… I’ve got to concentrate… concentrate… concentrate… Hello?… hello… hello… Echo… echo… echo… Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon… Manny Mota… Mota… Mota…”
And what about classic Actors Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges – hilarious by playing the movie as a straight drama…
Robert Stack speaking to Ted Striker: “Do you know what it’s like to fall in the mud and get kicked… in the head… with an iron boot? Of course you don’t, no one does. It never happens. Sorry, Ted, that’s a dumb question… skip that.”
And of course Lloyd Bridges continuing to lament his decisions that week:
Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.
Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.
Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines
And of course, probably the most wellknown line from the movie – a comedy classic…
Rumack: I won’t deceive you, Mr. Striker. We’re running out of time.
Ted Striker: Surely there must be something you can do.
Rumack: I’m doing everything I can… and stop calling me Shirley!
Three of the funniest movies ever made…enjoy!