The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

Posted in Reviews by - January 09, 2013
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

The first meeting of minds between the Airplane! and Naked Gun team, this rapid fire spoof is 90 minutes of pure parody with the American media the target. The news becomes a laughing stock, sexploitation is made to look silly and commercials are rioted – one about a charity helpline for the dead, another about the importance of zinc oxide. It’s a sequence of skits, hilarious in places, with a glorious centrepiece: a half-hour spoof of Enter the Dragon, titled ‘A Fistful of Yen’. Obviously a labour of love, the parody is simply glorious. The evil ‘Klhan’ uses his disposable hand as a toothbrush and a hairdryer; Evan Kim bumps into American tourists when investigating Klhan’s lair; the film’s script is comically plundered and rewritten, until the routine somehow ends up in The Wizard of Oz. It’s the best thing in a very funny movie.

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