Surprisingly funny and expectedly rude, this first starring vehicle by vilified standup comic Andrew Dice Clay has a decidedly lowbrow humor that is a sort of modern equivalent of that of the Three Stooges.
Surprisingly funny and expectedly rude, this first starring vehicle by vilified standup comic Andrew Dice Clay has a decidedly lowbrow humor that is a sort of modern equivalent of that of the Three Stooges.Clay plays Ford Fairlane, a private eye specializing in cases involving rock acts (hence his overused nickname, ‘the rock & roll detective’). He gets drawn into a murder mystery linked to a shock-radio deejay (Gilbert Gottfried, in a hilarious cameo), and a sleazy record executive (Wayne Newton) and his ex-wife (Priscilla Presley). With its heavy rock bent and the direction of Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), much of the film resembles a musicvideo. Aside from his appeal to rednecks and high-school boys overly impressed by certain four-letter words, Clay’s chain-smoking goombah in many ways self-parodies the macho ethic that prize rock’n’roll, fast cars and cheap bimbos above all else. The film’s most significant find, undoubtedly, is Lauren Holly who brings a lot of flash and charisma to a difficult role as Fairlane’s longing girl Friday. Also, Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) plays a sadistic killer, sans makeup.
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
20th Century-Fox/Silver. Director Renny Harlin; Producer Joel Silver, Steve Perry; Writer Daniel Waters, James Cappe, David Arnott; Camera Oliver Wood Editor Michael Tronick; Music Yello Art John Vallone
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1990. Running time: 104 MIN.
Andrew Dice Clay Wayne Newton Priscilla Presley Morris Day Lauren Holly Robert Englund