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Can't Stop The Music (1980)
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Reviled by critics but beloved by fans, Can't Stop the Music is still a jaw-dropping experience for everyone. Tammy Grimes, Marilyn Sokol and June Havoc co-star in this notorious camp classic produced by Allan Carr (Grease) that features unforgettable dialogue, unimaginable performances, unbelievable production numbers of hits like "Y.M.C.A." and so much more!
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What more can be said about this ill-timed disco musical fantasy/biography that hasn't already been mentioned? I remember paying to see this in a theater where I was the only soul in attendance! It was pretty bad then, and it's just as bad now, if not worse.
The film retells the formation of the Village People. They star as themselves (before the big 1980/1981 personnel change, anyway) and are accompanied by Steve Guttenberg who's terrible, Valerie Perrine who's even worse, and Bruce Jenner before his face-feminizing plastic surgery. The storyline is pure fantasy (it IS a musical, isn't it?), and the acting is really bottom-of-the-barrel--it's no wonder I haven't seen any of these people ever do anything else--. Ahh, but there's the sweet disco music that more than makes up for the actors' shortcomings!
That this movie was directed by Nancy Walker (of "Rhoda" fame) should tell you something. Some moments are so bad, you'll be screaming in disbelief. The scene in which the construction worker dreams of being attacked by beautiful women is hilarious (yeah, like we believe that one!). The YMCA scenes will cause your jaw to drop...Read more ›
You know what you're in for when the main titles consist of Steve Guttenberg roller-skating through Manhattan, obstensibly "listening" and skate-dancing to the song played over the titles--however, Guttenberg instead seems to be dancing to the voices in his own head, so out of sync is he with the music.
Things get even loonier when we're asked to believe that buxom Valerie Perrine was "the face of the 70's," as in that decade's top fashion model. For WHOM? Frederick's of Hollywood? Lauren Hutton she ain't. Throw in Bruce Jenner (!!!) as the--ahem--straight man, camp icons Tammy Grimes and June Havoc, Marilyn Sokol as the very poor man's Eve Arden, and the Village People passing as hetero, and you've got one seriously twisted movie.
Let's just rundown the highlights:
1) Bruce Jenner (PLAYING A STRAIGHT MAN, I must reiterate), running around New York City in Daisy Dukes and a bare midriff, shrunken tee shirt.
2) A group of little boys in full VP drag, including the Leatherman's get-up. (It's for a milk commercial. Don't ask.)
3) David Hodo's (the Construction Worker) big solo number, "I Love You to Death," which, to be fair, seems to have been conceived as an intentionally comic parody. (However, the same could be said of the entire film.) At any rate, David can't sing, but he's really hot jumping around in his skintight jeans, while being clawed at by overly-made-up mannequins in Halston knock-offs.
4) The "YMCA" production number, which is a hysterically inept homage to "Million Dollar Mermaid" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"--but you do get to see a lot of bare, buffed skin.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Campy I guess. But really terrible. I was into disco back in the day and saw this movie when it came out and it's still terrible. I think this movie killed musicalsPublished 12 days ago by Felecia R. Wilson
Excellent transaction. Item as described and fast shipping. Thank You.Published 2 months ago by butch
Had this film on VHS for awhile, but was happy to finally get an affordable DVD.Published 2 months ago by Madness832
A cult riot! Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner plays the romantic interest.Published 3 months ago by D. Packowski
hahahaha....I still dont understand how much I used to like that movie when I was a teenager .....2 stars cause...Village People was wonderful and their music deserves 5 starsPublished 3 months ago by George
It's OK for what it is, old camp, bad acting, on a limited budget.Published 3 months ago by JEROME R.
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