The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Some great spoofs, Catholic High School Girls in Trouble

Sketches that miss their mark

Movie Info

Movie Name: The Kentucky Fried Movie

Studio: United Film

Genre(s): Comedy

Release Date(s): August 10, 1977

MPAA Rating: R

 

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Catholic High School Girls in Trouble + Clowns with Whips = Comic Genius

From aspirin commercials, morning news, late night news, kung fu flicks, end-of-the-world disaster movies, courtroom dramas, blaxploitation, and Catholic high school porn…nothing is safe in the Kentucky Fried Movie.

David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams hit up people to produce this sketch based movie and found mostly negative responses.  Eventually they found private funding and used the material they worked for the Kentucky Fried Theater troupe.  John Landis was attached to direct and the movie cost $650,000 to make…It ended up making over $7 million.

The sketches are kind of a hodge-podge…like most sketch comedy some sketches work, some don’t.  The news sketches look like news at the time and still maintain some of the “real” news feel, but news has often become so absurd now that it can be just as funny as the parody news.  The commercials still are decent and feel like Saturday Night Live parody commercials.

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Feel the burn of my fire-fist!

The longest sketch of the movie A Fistful of Yen is the longest of the sketches.  It is good if you like kung-fu movies (especially Enter the Dragon), but if you don’t like them, it is a majority of the film that would be lost on viewers.  A Fistful of Yen does a great job getting the feel of the kung fu movie and (as a fan of martial arts movies) works for me.  Evan C. Kim and Bong Soo Han star in the skit and carry it well.

The classic (and most remembered skit of The Kentucky Fried Movie) has to be Catholic High School Girls in Trouble.  A parody of porn movies, the movie the two minute sketch easily eclipses the other longer sketches.  The nudity and comedy go hand-in-hand, its edginess is what is missing from other parody movies that flood the theaters now.  Make some of them R-Rated and do stuff like the Kentucky Fried Movie.

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Big Jim Slade says check out the Kentucky Fried Movie!

The Kentucky Fried Movie is worth checking out but remember it is one of the first of its kind.  Though low budget, it contains by George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Henry Gibson, Donald Sutherland, and Tony Dow (Wally agreed; the Beaver wouldn’t make the movie).  Abrams and the Zuckers went on to make Airplane!, Top Secret!, and The Naked Gun! movies. Amazon Women on the Moon is kind of considered to be the unofficial sequel.

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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