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8/10
Tasteless, juvenile and very funny
preppy-35 February 2001
A bunch of skits spoofing TV shows, commercials, movies, previews etc etc. There's also a long dead on target spoof of "Enter the Dragon" called "A Fistful of Yen". The film is very 70s--some of the references won't make any sense to anyone born after 1977. Also much of the humor is exceptionally crude and there's a huge overabundance of gratuitious female nudity and fairly graphic sex. This film wouldn't be made today and would easily have gotten an NC-17 rating if it had. Still, the film is often hilarious--I laughed myself silly at some of the crudest humor possible. So, it's worth seeing, but if you're easily offended do NOT see it! Also where else can you see Bill Bixby, George Lazenby, Donald Sutherland and Henry Gibson in a film with the coming attractions of "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble"?
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10/10
You have our gratitude.
the-jerk12 May 2006
This movie was like the Holy Grail of DVDs for me; I couldn't find it for the longest time. Finally I just picked it up off E-Bay (which I should have done from the start, of course) and watched it for the first time in years last night.

In terms of laughs per minute, this one is a strong contender for funniest movie of all time. Written by Zucker Abraham and Zucker, directed by John Landis, and produced by Samuel L Bronkowitz (just kidding), "The Kentucky Fried Movie" is really nothing more than a collection of skits, barely connected by the convention that they're all things you might see on TV (or at the movies). But, oh, the skits. Let's just say that no single episode of "Saturday Night Live" was ever this funny.

Best of the bunch is the movie's centerpiece, "A Fistful of Yen", a dead-on parody of kung fu action movies a la "Enter The Dragon". In this bit, the longest in the film, a Bruce Lee type named Loo has to infiltrate a mountain fortress run by the villainous Dr. Klahn, who is building an army of extraordinary magnitude. The martial arts scenes are hilarious; it may be the most staged-looking fighting of all time. Beginning with Loo training other fighters ("What was that? This is not a chawade. We need total concen-TWAY-tion," he yells at one student) and ending with Loo finally going home (in a completely out-of-left-field ending having nothing to do with the previous action but seeming somehow fitting anyway), the slapstick jokes come fast and furious, even parodying "The Dating Game" at one point. This is a direct precursor to ZAZ's later movies like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun".

Then there's the incredible "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble", which aims to parody 70s porno flicks ("More shocking than 'Behind the Green Door'... Never before has the beauty of the sexual act been so crassly exploited!" the announcer screams.) To get an idea of the kind of humor seen here, picture a hot chick approaching a loser and saying in a breathy voice "Show me your nuts!" and the guy proceeding to start acting like a total loon. In "United Appeal for the Dead" Henry Gibson speaks at great length about death, the number one killer in the United States, and what his group can do to help a loved one who has died lead a normal life. "That's Armageddon" features George Lazenby and parodies every Irwin Allen disaster flick made. A young man and woman discover the pleasures of sex through an instructional record in "Sex Record", and "Courtroom" is a hilarious parody of courtroom melodramas featuring Wally (the real Tony Dow) and the Beav (Jerry Zucker mugging it up in place of Jerry Mathers) as observers. The movie begins and ends with two news-themed skits, "AM Today" and the racy "Eyewitness News", in which the newscasters watch a couple with the TV on having sex. And there's much more.

"The Kentucky Fried Movie" is not for all tastes; I've known people who have watched it and just said "This is stupid." It is, indeed, stupid, but within the confines of the genre, it's one of the best. You'll laugh at the stupid jokes and stupid puns and stupid lines and stupid stunts all the way through if you like this sort of thing. The movie is very clever in how it packs the laughs.
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9/10
A tasteless comedy of extraordinary magnitude!!
lauraeileen89418 December 2006
"Kentucky Fried Movie" is tasteless, unsophisticated, and decidedly sophomoric... and one of the most hilarious films ever made! A string of politically incorrect segments made by the creators of "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun", "KFM" is an "R"-rated romp that today, nearly 30 years after its release, would be too shocking to even warrant the dreaded "NC-17" rating. Forget those unfunny amateurs Broken Lizard or the overrated Farrelly Brothers. We're talking naked breasts, oral sex, racial slurs, violence... and yet each segment leaves you delirious from not only laughter but disbelief at the fact that the Zuckers actually go away with all this. I've discovered that it really takes a certain kind of innocence to make a movie like "KFM", a naive belief that people will simply laugh at the crude spectacle of it all. Segments include a wholesome couple listening to a 1950s style "how-to" record on foreplay (wait till you see what the record comes equipped with), a thrill seeker whose trademark stunt is going to a crowd of black men and yelling out the N-word (how bold is this scene? No one has dared imitate it since), and a political debate between two analysts that ends with one of them cheerfully telling the other to "blow it out your a**" and giving them the finger. The highlight is the mini-movie within the movie, "A Fistful of Yen". A parody of all the Bruce Lee films, its hero, Loo, fights the evil Klahn, a one-armed criminal mastermind with a fondness for the phrase "extraordinary magnitude". It also pokes fun at the endless fights from the Lee films, as well as the characters' fractured English (little trivia, the actors really were Asian and spoke poor English in real life, so it wasn't intentional on their parts) The twist ending of "Yen" is one of the goofiest things you ever saw in your life. Despite the often offensive humor of "KFM", it's not a mean film by any means. No one is really safe from the wacky chaos it inflicts, and it's just hilarious. In our time of hand-wringing political correctness, "KFM" offers a cathartic experience of laughing out loud at our fears, prejudices, and, yes, stupidity. This is indeed a finger-lickin' good comedy.
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10/10
Well Fried
Filmcritic62428 October 2005
Though this movie has absolutely nothing to it, its considered a great movie on my part.

Not only did this movie make me burst a gut, but its a great satire of, well, everything. It's the remedy to any tear-jerker and also a great movie to watch when there's, "just nothing on that night", sit through it, have some laughs, and enjoy it. There's nothing better to it.

Of course, the main skit, "A fistful of yen" was absolute genius. The moves, and the way they were all made, was absolute prodegetic. I praise David and Jerry Zucker for this, and again, John Landis continues to make great movies. This, for one, is probably in his best other than "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers".

Serve up the chicken, because this movie is going to eat your heart out!
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10/10
Carlos Mancilla, an extra( and not the currently famous comedian), saves the day for John Landis
jimimadcap12 August 2006
A short time into the filming of the famous 'A Fistful of Yen' brawl sequence of the film, Landis and his crew realized that they were woefully short of extras for the shot. In a panic, he hopped into his limo, and with a few production personnel, drove around the Chinatown and Central City area of Los Angeles looking for extras to round out the shoot. The Chinese he approached on the sidewalks and storefronts of Chinatown all refused his offer of work, and the entourage proceeded westward aimlessly. After a short while, they came upon the Belmont High School football field, which at the time was filled with members of the track team warming down from their workouts. One of the captains of the team, Carlos Mancilla, by coincidence,a Black Belt in Martial Arts, was approached by Landis, who explained his predicament. Carlos, who had helped make and participate in student films at the time, and whose schoolmates at the time were future playwright Lemar Fooks, and the future Rosarita Food Company spokeswoman, Sergia Sanchez, and whose teacher at the time was Tom Waits father, Frank Waits, immediately picked up on the problem. He put the call out to the Chinese Friendship Club, the tennis team, and select members of the track team that had some knowledge of Martial Arts, and within 30 minutes, Landis had his Martial Arts army. Needless to say, the sequence was a success, all because of the fortuitous meeting between John Landis and one of his future extras, Carlos Mancilla. Mancilla later sought out a career in movie production, both as a set-builder and bit player, with which he is still involved in. Incidentally, Mancilla founded a service which helped provide Hollywood productions with Biker and Gang Type extras. Some of the films he provided Bikers and 'Cholos' for, were, "Back to the Future, Part 2", "American Me", and "Mi Vida Loca".
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9/10
Saturday Night Live on acid
PIST-OFF15 March 1999
There's something to be said for any movie that actually has a character named "Enormous Genitals". This is the first movie by the Zucker Brothers, the same geniuses that brought us Airplane, Top Secret and the Naked Gun movies. Haven't seen this yet? Pull up a nice comfy chair and get ready for 90 of the most hilarious minutes of film you can find. Cleopatra Schwartz is a riot, A Fistful Of Yen is the best spoof of Enter The Dragon or any Kung Fu film ever. The mock commercials are funny too. Anybody with Attention Deficit Disorder like me, this is the movie for you. It never stops moving, not for a minute. Henry Gibson's bit roll in this will have you laughing for days. But it's Samuel L. Bronkowitz's presentation of Catholic High School Girls In Trouble that will sit in you the longest. Best line: "Show me your/you're nuts! They certainly have.
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The DVD of "Kentucky Fried Movie" Outshines "Airplane!"
jberlin1179724 January 2004
In our millenial DVD culture, we demand plenty of extras and insights. "Kentucky Fried Movie," the little movie that could, delivers it. Regrettably, its successor "Airplane!" didn't. Both movies were made by the famous comedy moviemakers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, best known as ZAZ. "Kentucky Fried Movie," or KFM as it is known, was directed by John Landis, who went to big projects as "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers." As a small movie, KFM would pave the way for the filmmakers successes. But in DVD terms, KFM did a much better job than "Airplane!" with extras aplenty. "Airplane!" only had a trailer and ZAZ's mediocre commentary track, which ZAZ did much better in KFM. As for KFM's extras, they included a hilarious 8-minute home movie which ZAZ proved to their relatives they were making a real movie in Hollywood, a clear-cut photo gallery, bios of ZAZ and John Landis, and the best commentary track they have done so far.

As for KFM, what makes this small movie so special? Although much of the movie is done tastelessly, it is fun tastelessness that everyone in it is enjoying it. There is a lot of nudity and foul language, but it had it's heart in the right place. And as for the cast, there are mostly unknown actors, and many of them are quite attractive and talented, with cameos by more famous actors such as the late Bill Bixby in a headache sketch, Donald Sutherland as a clumsy waiter in a sketch spoofing disaster movies, and "Leave it to Beaver" stars Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow kidding themselves as bickering brother jurors in the courtroom sketch.

This movie, I think, is the best spoof of pop culture I've ever seen, outdoing its predecessor "The Groove Tube," made 3years earlier than KFM and featuring bits by a then-unknown and pre-Saturday Night Live Chevy Chase. One of my favorite skits are "A.M. Today" with a gorilla rampaging the studio, scaring off everyone, while a calm anchorwoman (played by the lovely little-known actress Janice Kent)continues her duties of reporting the news. Another favorite is"Sex Records," with a black couple being instructed on lovemaking by a record until the woman is whisked away by a black muscleman, Yet another favorite is "Feel-A-Round," where a theatre usher listens to the dialogue of a movie, gets out his props to feel a movie goer, even scaring him with a knife when the actress announces she'll cut up her lover with a knife. Then there is the final skit where a newsman from TV has the power to peer into the living room of a young couple having sex, and his crew (well-played by ZAZ themselves) leer on. But the best sketch of all is "A Fistful of Yen," a 17-minute takeoff of Bruce Lee Movies featuring a lisping Karate champ fighting against the master despot Dr. Klahn, who wants to take over the world, and ends with the Hero in Dorothy drag spoofing "The Wizard of Oz."

If you like your DVDs, and of a low-budget movie, KFM delivers the goods. Hopefully, there will be a special edition of "Airplane!" in the future for fans of that movie who were disappointed in the DVD treatment of that great classic , but let's not hold our breaths. But for ZAZ fans, KFM was the best DVD work they have done so far, and it's a special edition in its own right, outshining and outselling "Airplane!" by a substantial margin.
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10/10
A film of extra ordinary magnitude
RNMorton30 May 2003
The writers of Airplane! honed their comedic edge a few years earlier putting this smorgasboard together. Film is a Firesign Theatre-esque "comedy anthology", a group of generally good comedy skits centered around a very funny martial arts take-off. Ages rather well despite being frequently copied. The persons responsible for this movie have my gratitude.
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9/10
Some More Insight
tedmoon566 August 2005
Another reason why this movie still cracks me up. In "Fistful...", Dr. Klan is seemingly speaking in a foreign (in actuality Korean) as he welcomes the group. It is the WHAT he is saying that makes the scene even funnier. Roughly translated, he begs the pardon of Korean movie fans as he says he has been directed to "just say something in Korean" during this part. He confesses that he really has nothing to say and can't think of anything so he just apologizes to Korean movie fans for not making any sense and just babbling in Korean. I think some good self-direction on Bong Soo Hwan's part.

When calling for his bodyguards, he calls them by various Korean food items rather than real names. Crude, but hilarious, especially with his delivery.
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10/10
Time to get in trouble with some Catholic high school girls!
lee_eisenberg9 June 2007
Basically the same sort of thing as Ken Shapiro's "The Groove Tube", "The Kentucky Fried Movie" portrays a series of satirical TV skits...which of course means chock full of stuff that would never get on TV. It's not as good as "The Groove Tube", but if you don't come away from this one nearly hoarse - if not dead - from laughter, then you must lack a sense of humor. It's hard to say what my favorite part was, but I sure wouldn't have minded getting in trouble with those Catholic high school girls! So anyway, it's a real treat. Feel-a-rama, the botched news broadcast, Point/Counterpoint, and last but not least the martial arts spoof, they all show what satire is all about.

I wonder if "Deep Throat" was supposed to be something about Watergate. If so, then that would have been some scandal!
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9/10
Their First is Still Their Best
Gislef18 January 1999
Countless Airplane and Police Squad and Hot Shots movies later, Kentucky Fried Movie is still the best Abrahams/Zucker collaboration. Rather then try to put a bunch of mini-parodies into a single overarcing theme like an airplane disaster flick, they just do...a bunch of parodies, each on its own. It seems like the "skit" movie is dead and long gone now, which is a shame, because I wouldn't mind seeing them take another shot at it. It's probably just as well they can't, though - some things just stand on their own.
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Film at eleven
sgurgolo16 September 2001
I've always seen this movie dubbed in italian til my man Frankie came up with an english vhs of this title. Bloody hell, that was even better!! This flick is senseless, tough and ruthless... i meant rough and toothless.

You have to see "Enter the dragon" before you watch this to avoid a complete fall of the senses in the Kung Fu episode,that is damn looong, but anyway this movie can keep you laughing your pants with episodes like the one with Woody (NIGGEEEEEEERS!)and the Special FX Theater sequence, or the sex lessons, or even else, i mean, everything in this movie sucks, the nonsense reigns, is the land of paradox...

Did i mention this is the best movie ever if you want to laugh? Airplane and Top Secret can suck on this, and actually they did!!!!
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9/10
Forget The Politically Correct World & Just Have Fun
happipuppi1323 August 2008
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Does today's world seem like an absolute downer? A drag? A bummer? Does it seem like movies and TV have lost their allure since the censors and the prudish people of the world have grabbed control of what we see & hear?

Then do yourself a great favor and buy,rent or borrow Kentucky Fried Movie and take yourself into a time when filmmakers had the guts to try new,different and very risky things! All for the better too because there's a place for well formed & written comedy but there's also a need for the truly outlandish and just downright silly and insane! You think "There's Something About Mary" and "American Pie" are the originators of the kind of humor that the squeamish run from? Not by a long shot their not.

Just before this movie was "The Groove Tube" which was just as wild,I'm sure John Landis (the man who brought you "Animal House" & other great comedy capers)was inspired by that film to try this as well.

While the opening "A.M. Today" segment is not as funny as the rest,it's amusing enough a start to lead into the funnier comedy moments. The R-rated style commercial parodies and the movie trailer for "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble". (Don't worry ladies & gentleman,these fully undressed ladies look far too old for high school or even college!) These are classic and hilarious,unless you're the most uptight person on the face of the earth.

The extended segment "Fist Full Of Yen",a Bruce Lee movie parody is excellent as well,where in the opening shot it says "Hong Kong" over a shot of New York (Twin Towerspresent and all). The hero takes on what seems like a hundred challengers and beats them all! More absurd movie trailers & commercials follow returning us to the ongoing news segment that leads to the very creative and well timed closing segment.

Safe to say,not everyone likes this kind of a movie with it's open nudity,sexuality and almost high schoolish humor but apart from those ideals is very well staged and funny comedy segments. These make SNL & MAD TV look tame by comparison. Given how America's overall tastes have changed a great deal the people who would enjoy this will by,again,getting the movie and watching at their leisure.

Those who wouldn't want to even be in the same room as the DVD/VHS tape,will never relent or even try and have the open mind to watch it. People that consider this "mindless" will never understand all that went into making the film to start with. Mainly,the overall risk involved in the first place but then again...what fun is life without risk? About as fun as watching a digital clock turn the next minute.

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9/10
Watch K.F.M., then Anchorman, over a few beers. GREAT !
dmichael314 July 2005
28 years later, Kentucky Fried Movie STILL hits the spot! Some might say it's Cheap, Tacky and Politically Incorrect - well, GET OUT MORE, PEOPLE! We NEED cheap, tacky and "poltically incorrect". So take my advice, watch K.F.M. and Anchorman over a few beers - it's practically impossible not to smile (if not laugh out loud) at *Catholic High School Girls in Trouble, * Big Jim Slade, *A Fistful of Yen (having seen 'Enter the Dragon' prior to watching K.F.M. is definitely a pre-requisite), *Stay Classy, San Diego (Anchorman).

So, these 2 rate as among the best. Along with Blazing Saddles, of course.

ENJOY !
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9/10
Forgotten Classic
davepetr18 August 2005
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In a time where sketch comedy is more dependent on back-story and recurring characters, plagued with weak writing and poor delivery, this movie hearkens back to a better day, when sketches left you in stitches, and didn't have the obligatory weak anti-climactic joke at the end. Vulgar, sometimes offensive, wrought with nudity and debauchery, KFM is what comic writers today miss as the point of their efforts. With the obscure references and out of left field antics of contemporary cartoons like Family Guy (BIG JIM SLADE!), and the just plain silliness from the guys that brought us Airplane, big name cameos (Donald Sutherland, Bill Bixby, etc), and damned good martial arts, KFM is a forgotten gem among the slag of comedies.
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8/10
It's early John Landis, what did you expect?
Smells_Like_Cheese6 August 2005
I'm a fan of John's. He has brought us movie fans some great classics: The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Animal House, and An American Werewolf in London. It was nice to see one of his earlier projects.

I liked the feel of this movie, it had a Saturday Night Live feel to it with more edge. Sort of speak, what SNL couldn't get away with, this movie did. I did enjoy KFM over all. It had some very funny sketches and clever ideas. Is it the best made movie of all time? Of course not. This is when John was just getting started. And you can't make an omlet without breaking a few eggs, right? Ha ha ha... ha. Blah. Anywho, I think John Landis fans should have fun with this and I think you'll enjoy it. It's a pretty funny movie after all.

8/10
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Mindless fun and insanity
Schlockmeister30 May 2001
Incredibly funny movie that gets off to a slow start, but once you stick with it, it will probably be one of the funnier movies you will ever see. Especially if you grew up in the 1970s. This movie played at our college and the next day the theater was required by the dean's office to issue an apology in the college paper. This movie has a lot of sexual content that ticked somebody off, I guess. This would make an excellent double feature with the earlier "Groove Tube" so you can see just what Saturday Night Live and other shows like that were trying to accomplish. 1970s adult film star Uschi Digart does a cameo during a shower scene that will not soon be forgotten once seen. Many, many cameos to look for including Donald Sutherland, Bill Bixby and on and on. The highlight of the movie is a mini-film called "A Fistful of Yen" which is a spot-on parody of Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon". Imagine Bruce Lee getting the treatment by the people behind "Airplane" and you get the idea. If you are in a silly mood this si a movie worth getting. Being that it was made in the 1970s, I suppose being stoned would make this movie an absolute laugh-riot.
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8/10
One of the Funniest films the Zucker brothers have to offer
Quinoa19848 March 2000
John Landis' The Kentucky Fried Movie is great skit comedy (to say the least). Written by the supergroup team of Z-A-Z (Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker), this film is wild, crazy, and lots of funny entertainment. Included is Big Jim Slade, Catholic High School Girl in Trouble, and a long yet rewarding parody of Bruce Lee pictures. And John Landis brings these crazy scenes all together into one big cluster f**k of a good time. Great for fans of all comedy, even better for Landis or Z-A-Z fans.
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9/10
Eat lead sucker
Chase_Witherspoon12 June 2012
Probably doesn't scale the heights of "Flying High", but it's on par in my opinion with "Naked Gun" insofar as the parody stylings of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams go, and worthy of cult status. Essentially, it's a series of vignettes without any linkage, that spoofs (among others) "Enter the Dragon", "The Wizard of Oz", "Leave it to Beaver", any courtroom movie you care to mention, and the contemporary favourite, blue movie industry (e.g. "Behind the Green Door").

Evan C.Kim is hilarious as the Bruce Lee imitation, playing out (almost scene for scene) the Master's exploits from "Enter the Dragon", even down to the detail of his encounters with Dr Han's (here, played by Master Bong Soo Han) guards ("Let's meet the guards!"). There's great mileage in a steamy "preview" of "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble", starring fictitious "Linda Chambers" (no prizes for guessing the amalgam) daring one stud to show her his nuts (Steven Bishop no less!) with an hilarious response. Some audiences might also recognise the amply attributed Uschi Digart in a prolonged shower scene, while Donald Sutherland, Henry Gibson and Bill Bixby bring some A-list credibility to bear in speedy cameos.

There's a couple of minor misfires, and it's certainly not suitable for kids but generally speaking, this is one of the most consistently hilarious films I've ever had the pleasure of watching - over and over again for the last twenty-something years. I never tire of seeing George Cheung (as Guard number two) announce his name - Long Wang - then explain how he would wake Dr Han if he was his alarm clock. If you don't find this film funny, no offence intended, but you may need to see somebody.
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8/10
Why, if it weren't for zinc oxide, we wouldn't have this movie!
Hey_Sweden8 February 2012
Hysterical break into movie making for the talented Jim Abrahams and David & Jerry Zucker team that would go on to great fame with the classic "Airplane!" within the next few years. This movie functions as a hysterical spoof of any kind of programming one might see in the theaters or on TV at the time. And, as has been said, this is definitely a product of its era. Younger viewers may not get a good deal of the jokes. But, overall, "The Kentucky Fried Movie" is wild stuff with the Z.A.Z. team throwing all caution to the wind and coming up with some wonderfully raunchy and outrageous stuff. There's no real through line, merely a succession of parodies. The centerpiece is a lengthy "Enter the Dragon" mockery titled "A Fistful of Yen" which has hero Loo (Evan C. Kim) hired to infiltrate the criminal empire of a man named Dr. Klahn, played by Master Bong Soo Han. Some of the Z.A.Z. team's jokes may tend towards the crude and immature, but it's such a hoot that they just throw so much stuff at us (much like "Airplane!" three years later). The pacing slows a bit during "A Fistful of Yen" but otherwise things move along quite well. TV commercials for such things as oil, zinc oxide, board games, and beer dot the busy landscape, along with spoofs of black & white courtroom shows, disaster movies, and jabs at news programming. The mock sexploitation trailer "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" and blaxploitation trailer "Cleopatra Schwartz" provide some of the brightest moments, and provide PLENTY of eye candy guaranteed to make many viewers happy. The "feel-a-round" segment is particularly funny, using director John Landis's recurring "See You Next Wednesday" in-joke (and featuring a poster of his debut movie, "Schlock"). Special guest appearances are made by such famous faces as Tony Dow from 'Leave It to Beaver', one time James Bond player George Lazenby, the great Donald Sutherland, and TV veterans Bill Bixby and Henry Gibson. Fans of 70's trash cinema will also note the presence of Marilyn Joi (as Ms. Schwartz), Tara Strohmeier, Lenka Novak, and well endowed Uschi Digard. Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker themselves appear throughout, makeup effects legend Rick Baker is the gorilla, Landis the TV technician thrown by the gorilla, and future "Airplane!" cast members Stephen Stucker and Leslie Nielsen (uncredited) are utilized as well. This is genuinely great, unrestrained material that makes a number of comedies in the years since look bland in comparison. Highly recommended to fans of sketch comedy. Eight out of 10.
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5/10
Suffers from the usual problems with sketch films, but plenty of fun to be had
tomgillespie200217 December 2011
Before Zucker/Zucker/Abrahams' success with Airplane! (1980), Top Secret (1983), The Naked Gun (1988), and John Landis' short series of good comedies National Lampoons Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), and Trading Places (1983), they collaborated on this "sketch" movie. Consisting of oh-so- very contemporary 1970's cultural tropes, the films mixture of spoof exploitation movie trailers ("You will cream in your jeans when you see..." Catholic High School Girls In Trouble; That's Armageddon; Cleopatra Schwartz), humorous commercials (which includes one quite disturbing, United Appeal for the Dead, that has a family keeping their son after death, showing him involved in everyday family activities), public service announcements and many references to Deep Throat (1972).

The stand out "Main Feature" is a parody of the 1973 breakthrough martial arts film, Enter the Dragon. As was exacerbated in the writers' next effort, the aforementioned Airplane!, the visual gags are sometimes quite brilliant. I first came across this film when I was quite young. I'm not really sure how this would be viewed today. As I mentioned, this is very much a part of the 1970's. But if you love the blaxploitation, sexploitation et al trailers and movies, then there is certainly some fun to be had with these. There's a splattering of double entendre, and a more exponentially greater visual helping of T&A. It is a good comedy sketch film, with the usual quality problems with the format (i.e. not all the parts will be as good as others). And for those who suffer from premature ejaculation, this film comes with... Big Jim Slade.

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8/10
Kentucky Fried Movie
Scarecrow-8812 September 2009
Warning: Spoilers
Before there was Airplane!, there was Kentucky Fried Movie, featuring a host of talent that would go on to become major comedy gods..director John Landis, and writers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker.

The film is essentially a series of skits, ranging from very funny to dated, spoofing commercials, porno, disaster movies, blaxploitation, local news, courtroom and classic television, and Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. Plenty of tasteless skits, particularly the "Scot Free" board game commercial commenting on the JFK assassination, "United Appeal for the Dead" featuring a very serious Henry Gibson(..I mean perfect cold delivery adds so much to the audacious material)informing us on dealing with death(..how parents keep their dead son around for daily activities must be seen to be believed!), "Classic High School Girls in Trouble" showcasing the attributes offered in porno of the time, and "Eyewitness News" featuring a couple slowly disrobing and engaging in sexual relations while newscasters look on from a television set as they were reporting news for the day.

"A Fistful of Yen" features the superb casting of Evan C Kim as a Bruce Lee lookalike with a very animated face, physical presence to associate himself into that likeness, and a martial arts ability well mimicking the master's style of fighting. There are a plethora of sight gags and references that should be a delight for fans of "movie spoofs"..this is really the spoof that resembles the design the Zuckers and Abrahams are known for. I love the raunchiness and politically incorrect nature of it all, particularly the unabashed presence of nudity, which kind of shocked me to tell you the truth. The Pam Grier / blaxploitation gag, "Cleopatra Schwartz" featuring Marilyn Joi as the titular bad ass and her partner / lover a Hasidic Jew(!) had me in ribbons. The spoof on classic B&W television, "Courtroom" was another wonderfully perverse highlight containing the use of a dildo, while also poking delightful fun at Leave it to Beaver and Perry Mason..this one is layered with numerous sexual jokes and sight gags. And, how could I leave off Rick Baker and his gorilla tearing apart a public broadcasting station! Actors such as Bill Bixby, Donald Sutherland, George Lazenby, and the writers themselves all turn up in various skits. And, as expected, there's a commercial spoofing the Hari Krishna, titled "Willer Bear"!
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8/10
A Fistful of chuckles.
Son_of_Mansfield13 June 2007
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The ZAZ team started out in film with this collection of chuckle worthy skits. The frantic energy that makes Airplane! a classic is on full display; as a matter of fact, if this had a central storyline, it would probably be just as good. Classic bits include a family coping with their son's special handicap(he's dead), a man visiting a theater that shows films in "feel-a-round", an evening between two adults with a record playing the steps of sex, and the tawdry mock preview for the classically titled Catholic Schoolgirls in Trouble. Almost half of the film is dedicated to the Enter The Dragon spoof called A Fistful of Yen with Evan C. Kim in the lead speaking in a mash accent that is half Bruce Lee and half Elmer Fudd. Te-he.
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10/10
Greatest Movie Ever
wildphatdisc3 September 2003
Could this be any funnier? Perhaps with more circus midgets... oh wait, there ARE circus midgets! This is simply the greatest skit comedy...ever. This is perhaps more controversal now than ever. But with a solid sense of humor, its a joy.
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A generally "sweet" comedy
a_burke14 March 2003
Unlike many similar movies in this genre from the 70s, Kentucky Fried Movie is generally comprised of vignettes that do not simply resort to mean-spirited and base jokes, such as those about bodily emanations and racial or ethnic stereotyping. Rather, the skits tend to have an almost "sweet" tone about them. They employ humor and gags not intended to offend, though they might, if handled by other writers, as the content can be pretty darned provocative.

Coming from me, this should mean a lot. My very own mother is depicted in the most-memorable "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" segment: "Mrs. Burke" -- from the 1968 POST Grape-Nuts commercial -- played here by Gwen Van Dam. (You can see the real "Mrs. Burke" at the Burke Family Grape-Nuts Archives)

As the son of a most virtuous Catholic mother, herself quite unlike the character in this film, I might easily be offended. Yet, in this case, I feel honored to see my mom's name roll in the credits of this clever flick.

Many of the skits are excellent. The much praised piece, "A Fistful of Yen" (the spoof on Bruce Lee's classic "Enter the Dragon"), is so well done, it truly merits the distinction, "a must see."

I would certainly recommend this film to any adult who is not likely to be offended by nudity and sexual themes. It's a lot of fun!

Adam Burke
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