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A mock documentary filmed mostly in and around LA with interviews of Cheech and Chong interspersed between four videos of songs from their last album. Songs include: Get outta my room and ... See full summary »
Dan Ackroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner and Cheech and Chong present this compilation of classic bad films from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Special features on gorilla pictures, anti-marijuana films and a special tribute to the worst film maker of all-time, Ed Wood. Written by
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A weak movie that celebrates weak movies, "It Came From Hollywood"
presents clips from more than a half-century of movies, most bad, some
not, presented in the form of themes hosted by popular comedians of the
Sometimes, the result is amusing. Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy
Chong work their stoner screen personas to solid effect watching clips
of famous drug cautionary films like "Reefer Madness." I don't care for
Cheech & Chong generally but found their work here entertaining in a
A clip from the Ed Wood classic "Plan Nine From Outer Space" features
Dudley Manlove pondering an attack on mankind: "As long as these humans
think, we'll have our problems."
Cut to Chong at the ticket window: "I want my money back."
Alas, that's as much as I can offer in the way of positive comment
about the interstitial sketches which make up the original content in
this film. That's a shame because I am a fan of both Dan Aykroyd and
Gilda Radner from their "Saturday Night Live" heyday and John Candy of
SCTV. They make up the other three players introducing the recycled
content here. Seeing Gilda and Danny relive their small- screen glories
playing SNL characters like Judy Miller and a short- fused detective
should be more fun than it is.
Some reviewers here see a connection between "It Came From Hollywood"
and "Mystery Science Theater 3000," which ran bad movies over caustic
commentary that was often funny. But the blog Dead 2 Rights has it
right: This is a cracked remake of films of the prior decade like
"That's Entertainment." Producer-directors Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo
are out for cheap yuks.
Instead of overblown reverence, you get easy scorn for silly B- movies
about rampaging gorillas and brains that fly around and attack people.
"C'mon, honey, you want it and you know it," Aykroyd says over footage
of a woman being jumped by a brain in "Fiend Without A Face." "Don't be
Chuckles do come, but never develop into anything more, the way they so
often did on MST3K with their zany sketches and running gags. The clips
are more interesting for curiosity value, like a chance to see Rosey
Grier try to sell the idea of having Ray Milland's head attached to his
body in "The Thing With Two Heads."
"This picture started the black street fad of wearing middle-aged white
men," Aykroyd explains.
The inclusion of clips from classic films like "The Day The Earth Stood
Still" and good genre flicks like "The Creature From The Black Lagoon"
is annoying, though, as are any of the sequences featuring Radner, as
lost here as she did in any other movie she made.
"The movie theaters just show scary monster movies so you drop all your
popcorn and candy on the floor and they put in back in the boxes and
resell it," she explains as her Judy Miller character.
A decent sequence showcases two Ed Wood films, "Plan Nine" and "Glen Or
Glenda?" It's hosted by Candy, who makes the fair point that it's hard
to make a movie when there's no budget. If the rest of the film
followed this more explanatory approach, rather than generally
commenting on the weak plots and overacting, it could be worth your
To be fair, "It Came From Hollywood" came from 1982, the year of David
Letterman's late-night debut when snarky irony became suddenly
fashionable. Snarky irony is mostly what you get here, and while it
works at times, it isn't enough to make it that interesting.
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