Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

Director: Renny Harlin

Starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Wayne Newton, Prescilla Presley, Morris Day, Lauren Holly, Maddie Corman, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Englund, Ed O'Neill

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Kojak. Columbo. Dirty Harry. Wimps.

Plot: Comic Andrew Dice Clay stars as a private investigator trying to make sense of a rash of murders that has left a string of music-industry victims in its wake. The most recent casualty: a disc jockey (Gilbert Gottfried) with a penchant for verbal attacks. It's no surprise, then, that there's a long list of suspects with a beef against him.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

I've been a fan of Dice's since the mid-80s when I first saw him with Sam Kinison on a Rodney Dangerfield young comedian special. Those nursery rhymes, man! Not all of his material was good but he created a unique comic character from his material and mannerisms down to his outfits. There wasn't anyone out there like him. Here, he's brought that character to the big screen and it's so much better than you would expect. He doesn't bring his act with it, either. Nope. He's left the raunch on the stage and he's just being a regular guy...a super cool "Diceman" kind of guy and he's a lot of fun.

"Clint Eastwood?.......I fucked 'em. OH!"

There's a bunch of detective movie gags and there's a worthy attempt at trying to turn some cliches upside down and have fun with them. Ultimately it's a fun movie but lighter on laughs than it should have been. It's the charisma of Clay that sells the film and there are enough cameos of actors and musicians that will keep you entertained. Besides, how bad can a movie be when it's got Wayne Newton as the villain?

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