Can't Stop the Music (20-Jun-1980)|
Director: Nancy Walker
Writers: Allan Carr; Bronte Woodard
Keywords: Comedy, Disco
Review by jimbo (posted on 16-Jul-2009)
Definitely a dated film. It could not have taken place at any other time in history, but the 70s. Valerie Perrine is not in it for her acting talent -- actually nobody is in this flick to stretch their acting chops. Marilyn Sokol plays a poor-man's Bette Midler type of fag-hag. Tammy Grimes shows up with bad hair. Barbara Rush looks great as Bruce Jenner's mom. June Havoc... too old to play Steve Guttenberg's mom. Paul Sand plays a neurotic, Jewish Paul Sand. Speaking of eye candy -- putting Steve Guttenberg and Bruce Jenner in cutoffs and belly shirts was a stroke of brilliance. Jenner was movie star handsome and Guttenberg did a lot of cashing in on his adorably cute boy-next door charm during his career. Oh, yeah, the Village People are in it, too. The idea that they would be hired by the American Milk Association to film a commercial boggles the mind -- the song they sing during the commercial is annoying enough to play over and over in your head for days. Their regular music is recognizable to anyone with a radio or has gone to a wedding reception. The movie isn't hateful, however it sure would make a screamingly entertaining late-nite Rocky Horror-type cult film.
Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Jan-2007)
This is definitely one of those films which is so awful it's great. Look at all it offers: Bruce Jenner in a leading, first-billed movie role; the Village People, presented as a diverse group of straight men who come together, and under Bruce's auspices, become a singing group; Vallerie Perrine in the lead (famous mostly for being the first to show her nipples on t.v. three decades ago); Steve Guttenberg and Paul Sand, as the primary veteran actor and comedien presences; the long-in-tooth Tammy Grimes, longer-in-tooth Barbara Rush, and longest-in-tooth June Havoc; and foremost ---- Bruce, the gang, and "the People," working-out together, AT THE Y.M.C.A.!! A lot of people deride the music of the Village People, but I personally know of nobody - whether a young rock devotee, or an older fan of classical - who can keep from moving to their music. Every aspect of this movie is so bizarre and off-the-wall, that, while seeemingly warranting no stars, is so campy and deliciosly awful that you have to move tie dial one more notch backwards to the 4* mark.
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