Possible Winner Of The Award For "Most Annoying Comedy of 1976"
AMERICAN TICKLER is a horribly unfunny film in the vein of the KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE. Much like that film (as well as TUNNELVISION and THE GROOVE TUBE), this consists of parodies of movies, TV shows, commercials, blackout sketches and anything else co-writer/ director Chuck Vincent can cram into 77 minutes.
Starting as a rip-off of MONTY PYTHON, complete with animations that ape Terry Gilliam, we learn that this film has won "10 Academy Awards" and we see the sketches that won this movie its fictitious awards. Of course, since one wraparound isn't good enough, we are treated to two--the other being a chase for a briefcase containing a mystery object (shades of PULP FICTION).
The sketches in between are, for the most part, lame. THE HAPPY COOKER may sound funny in theory, but fifteen minutes devoted to it is pretty excruciating. There's also a "parody of Fellini films", but since the film makers probably haven't seen a Fellini move in their lives, what we get is a unfunny collection of bad Italian stereotypes. The commercial parodies aren't too bad, but they come mostly towards the end, perhaps as filler (maybe the film makers saw the same year's TUNNELVISION and were inspired).
Fans of the brief sketch comedy genre (which was finally given its proper appreciation on UnknownMovies.com) might find an interest here (as well as Joe Piscopo fans), but this is nothing more than a complete waste of an hour.
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