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      The Kentucky Fried Movie

      R Released Aug 10, 1977 1 hr. 30 min. Comedy List
      83% 35 Reviews Tomatometer 66% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Pop-culture satires include "Cleopatra Schwartz," "A Fistful of Yen" and "Catholic High-School Girls in Trouble." Read More Read Less Watch on Peacock Stream Now

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      The now obscure pop culture references and spoofed commercials add to Kentucky Fried Movies anarchic, anything-goes spirit and wit.

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      Jarrod R I had a passing knowledge of this one, but as it was just before my time, my introduction to the Zucker Brothers was the 80s comedy classic, Airplane from 1980. This one? extremely problematic. I was cringing throughout. I'll give Donald Sutherland 1/2 star as the clumsy waiter and Marilyn Joi a full star and a 1/2 as Cleopatra Schwartz. Other than that, the "Fistful of Yen" segment is absolute garbage. Embarrassing and over the top. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Darlene V I always wanted to see this movie because I had heard so much about it. I watched it today and it was OK but to be fair it's likely because it's been too many years.. Did not know that they did a whole parody of Enter the Dragon, THE martial arts movie that was by father funniest skit. Everything else is really made me chuckle. But what did make me sit up and I've tried to research it is the last skit in the movie. The young lady I'm almost sure is Glenn Close but I could not find her name nor that last skit in the credits. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Jack R It's just a bit… shit… Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the earliest spoofs out of the 1970s by young director John Landis and written by the Zucker Brothers It made over $7 million despite the concept of sketch comedies not being considered for peoples tastes The entire thing is a collection of sketches of TV and movie cliches; including parodies of local news, numerous movie parodies, and a few standalone skits Yes some of the humor is very dated specifically to the era when it came out and particularly ethnic-based Keep in mind this is an R-rated comedy with plenty of foul language and nudity to spare But it is tailored to comedic effect with hints of blaxploitation, adult cinema, Bruce Lee action films, and disaster pictures One scene in particular pre-hints the recently released 'Get Out' intentional or not Spoofs are very difficult to pull off that'll tickle the funny bone; in this digital age YouTube's more of the go to for edited content made by ordinary people that'll get more laughs, likes, sharing etc. But upcoming director Landis during the alt-comedy and counterculture scene makes for a good start along with its mocking the low-rent sleaze of '70s Times Square movie fare while giving audiences the same (if sillier) quotient of sex and violence This makes for a still-bracingly grubby barrel of laughs even if they're not all consistent Let's face it; sustaining comic momentum and audience engagement over a long stretch is nearly impossible let alone an entire feature film as opposed to a half hour on tv But the 1970s along with the 1980s priced comedy can still work if handled right This is still smart and satirical even if all of its comedic parts don't gel together 100% Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/11/23 Full Review Jared Z Very dated, but it has its moments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/05/23 Full Review jon c One of the earliest spoofs out of the 1970s by young director John Landis and written by the Zucker Brothers It made over $7 million despite the concept of sketch comedies not being considered for peoples tastes The entire thing is a collection of sketches of TV and movie cliches; including parodies of local news, numerous movie parodies, and a few standalone skits Yes some of the humor is very dated specifically to the era when it came out and particularly ethnic-based Keep in mind this is an R-rated comedy with plenty of foul language and nudity to spare But it is tailored to comedic effect with hints of blaxploitation, adult cinema, Bruce Lee action films, and disaster pictures One scene in particular pre-hints the recently released 'Get Out' intentional or not Spoofs are very difficult to pull off that'll tickle the funny bone; in this digital age YouTube's more of the go to for edited content made by ordinary people that'll get more laughs, likes, sharing etc. But upcoming director Landis during the alt-comedy and counterculture scene makes for a good start along with its mocking the low-rent sleaze of '70s Times Square movie fare while giving audiences the same (if sillier) quotient of sex and violence This makes for a still-bracingly grubby barrel of laughs even if they're not all consistent Let's face it; sustaining comic momentum and audience engagement over a long stretch is nearly impossible let alone an entire feature film as opposed to a half hour on tv But the 1970s along with the 1980s priced comedy can still work if handled right This is still smart and satirical even if all of its comedic parts don't gel together 100% Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Noel Murray The Dissolve The Kentucky Fried Movie misses as often as it hits, but when the writers and Landis arrive at a great idea ... it's like watching an entire fruitful comic perspective being spawned. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 11, 2013 Full Review Ian Nathan Empire Magazine Smart and satirical but very dated, obviously. Rated: 3/5 Apr 1, 2008 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader It's easy to spoof cliches; it's something else again to string them together with the insight into narrative structure these boys evidence. Apr 1, 2008 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com Lashings of bad taste, nudity and some decidedly non-woke non-PC humour abound; you can edit the more questionable bits out when the good bits hit the heights... Rated: 4/5 Nov 30, 2023 Full Review Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) The takeoffs on movies, TV programs and promotion for both are generally intelligent and funny. Even the sexual parts are done with less of a schoolboy leer than in comparable films. May 9, 2023 Full Review Stephen Silver Tilt Magazine Is a lot of it still funny? Yes it is. But it’s far from universal or timeless. (45th anniversary) Rated: 3/5 Aug 26, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Pop-culture satires include "Cleopatra Schwartz," "A Fistful of Yen" and "Catholic High-School Girls in Trouble."
      Director
      John Landis
      Executive Producer
      Kim Jorgensen
      Distributor
      Media Home Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment
      Production Co
      KFM Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 10, 1977, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 2, 2013
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