Skip’s Quips: ‘Kentucky Fried Movie’ Plods Along, Generates Few Laughs

Blog Sketch 082813You may be wondering: Why has it taken me so long to watch The Kentucky Fried Movie, which I just saw for the first time last night.

The answer: I have no idea. But after watching it yesterday, I can safely say that I don’t think I was missing anything.

Sure there were some diverting moments. Mostly, however, it was a collection of not-as-funny-as-they-should-be skits, including a longish courtroom sketch that plodded its way to a decision. Blah.

Yes, it’s quotable: In that regard, it’s a film of “extraordinary magnitude.” I just wish it had more laughs. With Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers as the writers, that should’ve been the case. Sadly, many of the jokes didn’t fulfill their expectations. Some good ideas here and there. Not a lot of great ones, though.

Now that I’ve seen KFM, I have no desire to see it again. Still, I’m happy I got to watch it once. It’s important to keep an open mind about movies, right … even for the ludicrous ones?

Well, maybe not for those.

2 thoughts on “Skip’s Quips: ‘Kentucky Fried Movie’ Plods Along, Generates Few Laughs

  1. There’s the censored KFM and the uncencored KFM. You’ll know if you saw the uncensored.
    In the courtroom scene the lawyer holds ‘something’ against his forehead and starts babbling like an alien ‘We mean no harm to your planet, we mean no harm to your planet…’
    There were parts that weren’t all that funny but the good laughs were really good. By the standards of its time it was pretty outrageous.

    • We definitely saw the uncensored version; it was quite raunchy. But even though there were some good ideas here and there, I felt it wasn’t funny enough. Some of the barbs seemed to be misplaced; others went on for too long or had other pacing problems. I think it’s an interesting product-of-the-times film, and I definitely see the bloodlines in “Airplane!” and other movies. I just feel they generally did this kind of thing better.

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