Review: ‘The Kentucky Fried Movie’

The Kentucky Fried Movie boasts excellent production values and some genuine wit, though a few of the sketches are tasteless.

The Kentucky Fried Movie boasts excellent production values and some genuine wit, though a few of the sketches are tasteless.

Some of the appeal of this kind of material is purely juvenile – the dubious kick of hearing ‘TV performers’ use foul language and seeing them perform off-color activities – but there is also a more substantial undertone in using satire of TV and films as a means of satirizing American cultural values.

Though each viewer will have his favourites, the standout segs certainly include Zinc Oxide, a terrific physical comedy routine spoofing an educational film, and Cleopatra Schwartz, parody of a Pam Grier action film, but with a black Amazon woman married to a rabbi.

The Kentucky Fried Movie

Production

Kentucky Fried Theatre. Director John Landis; Producer Robert K. Weiss; Screenplay David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zuker; Camera Stephen M. Katz; Editor George Folsey Jr; Music Igo Kantor; Art Director Rich Harvel

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Donald Sutherland George Lazenby Henry Gibson Bill Bixby Tony Dow
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