Amazon Women On The Moon
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What do you get when you take 5 directors (John Landis, Robert K. Weiss, Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb and Peter Horton) and match them up with more than 50 actors all at various stages in their career? You get "Amazon Women On The Moon", an 80s version of 70s television satires like "The Groove Tube" and "Kentucky Fried Movie".
The movie purportedly is a classic Universal sci-fi release starring Forrest, Joey Travolta and Robert Colbert as astronauts who meet the beautiful title women on a space trip, and end up as hostages of their queen (Danning). The film is in such bad shape, though, that the station showing it holds our interest with shorts, commercials and spoofs. Examples of which include:
-The nightmarish condo of Hall
-The interesting life of model Taryn Steele (Monique Gabrielle)
-Jacobi and Erica Yohn as Murray and Selma, who deal with a TV that sends Murray through everything from the weather to a Huey Lewis & The News music video.
-Pfeiffer and Peter Horton as a couple given the run-around by doctor Griffin Dunne when they want to see their new baby
-Joe Pantoliano as Sy Swerdlow, who has invented a new tool for the balding man
-B.B. King begging us to donate money to "Blacks Without Soul", most especially Don "No Soul" Simmons (Grier), who turns his affliction into a great career, with covers of songs from "Chim Chim Cheree" to Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World"
-Arquette and Steve Guttenberg in a prescient segment about how your history will catch up to you if you're not careful
-Silva as the host of a show that brings new ideas to the surface (you won't believe the real identity of Jack The Ripper)
-The death of the pathetic Harvey Pitnik (Archie Hahn), and the subsequent funeral that becomes a roast (Rip Taylor: "Harvey, the President couldn't be here tonight so he sends a wire [producing a wire hanger]. This is it, folks, I don't dance!")
-Ed Begley Jr. in an "Invisible Man" sequel
-Matt Adler, Kelly Preston, Ralph Bellamy and Howard Hesseman in the tale of how a young boy's journey into manhood brings him unwanted fame and fortune
-Marc McClure, Corinne Wahl and Andrew "Dice" Clay in an examination of a video date that ends in a murder-suicide and a frame-up.
It all ends with Don Simmons' rendition of "Blame It On The Bossa Nova" and an additional homage to the campy health class shorts of the 40s and 50s starring Carrie Fisher and Paul Bartel.
This movie is delightfully silly, with humor that ranges from dark ("Video Date") to randy (Taryn Steele) to simply off-the-wall (The Baby), as executed by a cast of seemingly half the actors working in Hollywood in 1987.
The movie is goofy, and not to be taken heavily. It's a frothy, frenetic wise-acre comedy that is the best of the non-ZAZ spoofs. I rate this as a 9.
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