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Rented Lips (1988)

R | | Comedy | 1 July 1988 (USA)
A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always ... See full summary »

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Mona Lisa
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Reverend Farrell
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Heather Darling
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Bobby Leaping Mouse
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A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always wanted to. The catch? He must simultaneously direct a porn film. But as he tries to make the porn film, which he turns into a musical called "Halloween in the Barracks," he must deal with a temperamental actor, a fundamentalist preacher, and other obstacles. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Edy Williams replaced Valerie Perrine in the role of "Heather Darling", and Kenneth Mars replaced the late James Coco in the role of "Reverend Farrell." See more »

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extreme indie cinema
28 December 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

By now Robert Downey Sr is probably only known as Robert Downey Jr's father. Some years ago I saw the elder Downey's "Putney Swope" and found it to be THE perfect satire. So now I see Downey's "Rented Lips", starring Martin Mull and Dick Shawn as documentary makers who get the chance to make their dream picture, but also have to make a porno movie, and then have to protect it from a fanatical clergyman (Kenneth Mars). It's one of those movies where the humor is very subtle, almost centering on the plot line. Plenty of scenes definitely made me laugh, but this is far from the most hilarious movie. Robert Downey Jr has some of the best scenes as the porno movie's temperamental star, but the whole movie almost seems like something that they made for fun.

Also starring Jennifer Tilly, June Lockhart and Shelley Berman.


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