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Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984) was a re-telling of the
famous Alexandre Dumas classic novel. Cheech and Chong new that they
had to market their comedy towards a different audience. There hard
core fan base wasn't enough to make themselves profitable. Not only did
they change their style of humor, they toned it down dramatically.
Sadly, no one wanted to see a period piece starring Cheech and Chong.
The movie is not horrible but it's not a laugh riot. Not wanting to end
the partnership, the duo made another comedy album and a video that
went along with it called GET OUT OF MY ROOM. The video was a tad under
an hour and it featured the classic comedy song BORN IN EAST L.A. which
would become Cheech's stepping stone towards mainstream acceptance.
Recommended for Cheech and Chong fans. Others will want to stay away from it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is one of those movies where you won't
get a lot of direct laughs, but the general level of ludicrousness
accumulates over time and had me giggling a lot by about 20 minutes in.
The whole idea of these two in this period piece, not to mention
Chong's bizarre intensity and seriousness throughout... I don't know,
it got me. I also liked that in place of the drugs (which were there,
just not as directly), the general smuttiness was cranked way up...
well, that appeals to me, especially from these two, but I have a soft
spot for lecherous perverts. I'm glad it's in my collection!
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Ridiculously awful, infamous "Cheech and Chong" outing has the so-called
"Corsican Brothers" having more fun doing stupid things. I saw this in
Britain at about two in the morning, and so it's hard to really remember
anything about it (did it even have a plot?), but I did find it very goofy
and silly and hard to put a rating on.
Technical value: 0/5 2:00 a.m. fun value: 3/5
This work lacks in the line of direct laughs. They just don't come. The
humor of this work comes from an accumulative factor, the fact that
sexual innuendo and outright swank are heightened to replace their
usual marijuana-based venue, and the fact that these guys do not belong
in this setting.
About a third of the way through, I found myself chuckling. Not from anything direct, mind you, but because the accumulative comedic elements effectively communicated the humor, and never let up.
All in all, this is a fine film. Its caustic humor wears on you until you find that you are laughing, in spite of yourself.
It rates a 6.7/10 from...
the Fiend :.
I enjoyed this movie more than "Yellow Beard", but both movies are kind of similar as they are both period pieces and departures for the two guys best known for their marijuana humor. Nothing of that sort is in this movie, but I still found it relatively humorous in places. I found it a bit funny that the hero of this one was Tommy Chong who was always the more stoned one in the other movies. I liked the humor where if pain is inflicted on one of the twins the other feels the pain, this was especially good in a torture scene involving Cheech. Still, it is a movie that probably would have been better with two other actors in the lead roles. Nothing against Cheech and Chong, but they really do not look like they belong in this movie. For the most part the rest of the cast are not A-list starts, and a lot of them seem to be related to two leads. The story is about a couple of twins that feel the others pain going against a French ruler. Not much else to it than that. Most of the jokes are about the shared pain, there are other jokes, but a lot of the other jokes not related to their shared pain miss the mark. Still the movie was mildly amusing and I thought it was better than "Yellow Beard" because that one had a plot that was kind of all over the place.
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If you are looking for deep plots which will draw you in and capture
your attention for an evening, and potentially leave you thinking after
the movie... this (along with everything by these two) is not your
flick. I personally enjoy and appreciate it for what it is, along with
the others. It is not a work of art or a fantastic story... but instead
an ironic view of the world.
Well... as for the movie. It (as I am sure that everyone has read) provides two brothers of noble birth raised for some portion of their lives as peasants and separated in youth by coincidence. The brothers later unite 21 years later in a heartfelt moment (NOT) and assume each other's company for the remainder of the movie. Beyond this point, Chong utilizes his inept belligerence and desire for revolution to lead him and his brother (Cheech) through a series of perils and near misses which (as destiny would have it) leads to the unloading of a very strange guy who wields the queen's power... and thus the renewal of happiness in France in centuries past. As this alone is not enough, each brother (from day one) carries a strange connection which enables them to experience each other's feelings (both emotional and physical) and not their own... a nifty sub-plot which brings about some fun irony throughout the movie.
This is not a movie that you would wish to watch to challenge your mind... but it is wonderful when the rigors of reality tug at you and you wish to escape for a moment. I believe this to be true about all of Cheech and Chong's movies... but this slight bend of taste provides new humor not found in their all too famous stoner movies.
One final note... this (unlike others) is a decent movie to watch with kids, although I am not sure that they will understand or appreciate the humor as would an adult.
I just can't believe that I will ever disagree with another persons review of a movie more than the previous persons review of The Corsican Brothers. This movie is so hilarious that I own it, and have had the pleasure of watching it dozens of times. In their last good movie together, Cheech and Chong depart from the usual drug humor, and will have you rolling (pun intended!) with laughter! Set during the French Revolution, The Corsican Brothers is a laugh fest form beginning to end, and is a movie that I have and will continue to recommend to everyone that enjoys a good laugh. Anyone that could write a review stating "I didn't even smile once" had to have not understood some of the humor. Please watch this movie. You won't be disappointed.
I have seen this movie many times, and every time I finish watching it,t he same commentary comes into mind. Cheech and Chong are trying very hard to make this movie funny, but they fall short of achieving that goal. The two basically have the only funny moments in the whole movie. Besides there Corsican Brothers, I could not get into any other character. Watch this only if your a big Cheech and Chong fan, or, stick to their earlier movies like Up In Smoke, Next Movie, and Nice Dreams.
This movie is terrible. Just the lack of any posts whatsoever on the
message board indicate how crappy this flick actually is.
I, myself, am A fan of C & C's other efforts: "Up in Smoke" "Their next movie" and "Nice Dreams" this movie is different from the others, and not in a good way either: there's hardly any drug humor, the story sucks & Chong isn't the jolly stoner he usually plays, he's dead serious and as boring as hell.
If you're a fan of any of their other features, I suggest to stay the hell away from this. Actually, even if you haven't seen their other movies, stay away from this piece of excrement and rent "Up in Smoke."
In March, 2002, after my parents and I had seen the disturbing - but
very well done - "In the Bedroom", we felt like we needed something
really light, so we rented "Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers"; I
mean, what could be more easygoing than a movie starring filmdom's
favorite goof-ball stoners? This one turned out to be probably their
lowest movie ever. For starters, no drug humor. It features them as
siblings in pre-revolutionary France (despite the fact that they talk
like 20th century Americans) making a mess of the status quo. Much of
the little humor that the movie provides derives from the fact that if
one of them gets injured, the other feels it.
So, this is definitely not the Cheech & Chong movie that I recommend. Their other movies are far better. Also starring Edie McClurg and Rae Dawn Chong, and they probably prefer to omit this from their filmographies.
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