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I don't care if this film has poor camera quality or out of sync voice overs, it's a no-budget masterpiece that can never be duplicated. Personally, I think this film brilliantly captures common cliches into an absurdist framework, and every other form of bizzare humor makes this film a parody of itself. Maybe I have all of these great things to say because I'm a loyal fan of Bill Hicks, but even so it is worth a viewing if you can actually find a copy.
Okay, so this film is about 30 minutes long and follows the story of a
recovering Robitussin addict who wants to be a ninja. This isn't a good
movie, but it's funny as hell... well, it's funny as hell if you watch it
a group. We rented it not knowing what to expect (it didn't even have a
real box) and ended up watching it like 5 times over.
What can I say, the songs were sort of catchy.
However, I must warn you that the movie title is misleading--there isn't a bachelor party in the whole movie. This film was shot in Austin, TX and it took over 10 years. It took this long because the producers/writers/actors didn't take it very seriously (and neither should you). The plot changed so much over the ten years that the shooting they had done over the years didn't make sense together. Even though they're speaking English, the whole thing is still dubbed over.
If you're still thinking of watching this movie (please don't spend too much, I think you can get it for $3 at their website), pay attention so you can catch refrences to Shatsi and everything the airline says is funny. Lastly, read all the credits; most of them are fake and funny.
Ninja Bachelor Party is undoubtedly the crowning achievement of Sacred
Cow Productions, a group of comedians and assorted nuts originally
headed up by the late Bill Hicks.
With nothing to do with a bachelor party but plenty to do with ninjas, it is the story of loserly Robitussin addict Clarence Mumford's quest to be a ninja warrior. Not everyone will understand the finer points of some of the humor, but the hilarious voice-overs and the practice of recycling scenes are undeniably funny. The climactic fight scene is great fun, with plenty of poorly-executed slapstick and general ridiculousness. Ninja Bachelor Party is a joke all the way through, including the credits. At half an hour long, you can't afford not to try it out.
Just don't expect to take much away from this film... not recommended for mature audiences.
I wasn't expecting much, but this short movie managed to keep me
entertained and interested throughout the viewing. I've watched a good
amount of low budget, weird videos, and usually they just aren't worth
the effort- but although this is as low budget as it gets, and on the
surface it appears like nonsense, the character of Hicks permeates
throughout, as does his usual messages
So just because a film has a big budget, it then has a higher credibility than a no-budget-film on what is good art and what isn't? And additionally, critics saying something is bad actually means its bad?
If you're looking towards film budgets and critics to help form your opinion about the value of a film, then I'm not even sure why you attempted to view this one. Its obviously not made for you.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is the story of Clarence Mumford, a struggling dreamer /
Robitussin addict who's only hope in life is of one day becoming a
great ninja. His parents discourage him, his girlfriend cheats on him,
and he is constantly getting beat up. Then one day, when his resolve
reaches its lowest, he is contacted by a powerful sensei from Japan who
tells him he must travel there and learn the art of the ninja from him.
So he goes, and after one of the most brilliant montages ever, hes able
to return home a ninja, though like a lot of kung-fu films he still
doubts his true ability. To become a master ninja he must conquer his
self doubt, and in fitting fashion there is a showdown in which he
proves himself, and wins back the woman. All of this is embellished
around superb acting, action packed choreography, a disregard for
continuity, and a highly stylized joie de vivre thats quite personal,
fans of Hicks know what I mean.
The dialog is all over dubbed, and the OST pushes the story along backed to a cliché 80's glam sound. What is not too love about this movie?... I used to think Hitchcock was a master, then I saw what Bill Hicks could do.
At just over half an hour, Ninja Bachelor Party is a hilarious short
film which was written, produced, shot, directed, and starred in by the
legendary Legendary Bill Hicks and his two Texas buddies Kevin Booth
and David Johndrow. I wouldn't listen to the other reviews on IMDb,
this film is really quite brilliant and has Hicks written all over
it...an amazing example of how great a performer he would become.
The film, follows Robitussan addict Clarence Mumford who dreams of becoming a Ninja Warrior. After having his dreams rejected by his parents, walking in on his girlfriend in the middle of an orgy and getting his ass kicked, Mumford- played by Kevin Booth- seeks out a guru, Dr. Death- played by Hicks- from whom he can learn the ways of the ninja. During a Robitussan binge Mumford is visited by a true Ninja Warrior in a dream- so he decides to head to Korea. Part of his training includes smoking magic mushrooms which sends him on trip that results in a revelation (one which shows how Hicks had developed the philosophies which would greatly influence his later comedy very early). After completing his training he returns to Texas to seek vengeance on the men who stole his girlfriend and kicked his ass. The remainder of the film is a vicious slapstick stunt-filled martial arts spectacle, one of the finest ever captured on film for sure.
The voices are all done in voice-over, most of which are done by Hicks and Booth themselves. They are often out-of-sync which makes it pretty funny, like a true martial arts dub. The film was shot in Austin and Houston over a few years by the group of friends, and it really is well done considering their experience and resources. And to top it all off, you get to hear some original musical tracks written and performed by Hicks himself!!
I didn't just give it a ten because Bill Hicks is god-like, no sir.
This short film is one of the most god damned hilarious pieces of
cinematic literature I've ever seen and it is also just enjoyable to
watch as well. When I finally came across it, I had to watch it at
least every other day, it became the thing that motivated me to get up
in the morning. And it's not even good in a so-bad-it's-good sort of
way. No sir, it's good in the not-bad-no-it-really-is-good sort of way.
Another reviewer said it wasn't funny at all but then he made a comment about how Kung Pow also tried to use bad dubbing to a humorous effect and critics didn't like. All I have to say is if Kung Pow is his idea of a funny movie, no wonder he didn't like this. Also this movie had absolutely zero budget so the bad dubbing has a bit more of an authentic feel to it than Kung Pow, which had an estimated budget of $10,000,000. I didn't really get his comparison there, of a recent movie that had TV commercials and everything to an old obscure short film made almost entirely by two people, so I wouldn't pay attention to him if I were you.
So you should see this movie, it's good.
Not quite slapstick but nearly entertaining, Ninja Bachelor Party is your best last resort for a dying party or boring summer afternoon. The plot meanders, the mostly intelligible voice-overs are funny, and the almost steady camera work will make you wish you had Dramamine®. A must see that will leave you scratching your head as to just exacly WHY it's a must see.
I saw this film because it was a labor of love by Bill Hicks and his
best buddy, Kevin Booth. They filmed it over a number of years with
home video equipment and it (clearly) had no budget at all.
However, looking it up on IMDb I am surprised to find a 7.3/10 rating, and I know this must be due to the Bill Hicks cult fans out there voting "10" for this without even seeing it.
Look, Bill Hicks or not, this film stinks! I'm not trying to bash it for no reason - I have plenty. First off, it's just not very funny. The quality is so poor and most of the "jokes" are just lame things. Oh, wow, the audio is dubbed poorly and out of synch, and they re-dubbed in post-production to make it look like a foreign ninja movie! Haha that's so clever! Well guess what? "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" did the same thing years later and was trashed by critics. What's the difference here? Nothing -- except its budget is even lower and therefore the fake dubbing is even more annoying.
Is Bill Hicks good in this? Not really. He plays a ninja expert who teaches some helpless addict kid to beat people up. Oh my, I'm bursting a gut laughing just thinking about it.
NOTE: IMDb reviewer "ganryu" has replied to my review with one of his own. He mocks my comparison of this film to "Kung Pow" and claims that if I liked that film it's no wonder I didn't like this.
Obviously ganryu cannot read or comprehend because he would have realized my comparison with Kung Pow - which I never said I liked here - was only to point out how much more annoying the fake-dubbing effect is on a lower budget production. Ganryu even goes so far to point out Kung Pow had a $10,000,000 budget and Ninja Bachelor Party did not - which is ironic since this was my entire point in the first place - Kung Pow was annoying to begin with, so just imagine how much more annoying seeing the same thing is on a shoestring budget.
Maybe ganryu should study English.
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