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Lucky Stiff (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | November 1988 (USA)
Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner. Her backwoods clan, descended from the Donner party, is skewed toward ... See full summary »

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... Cynthia Mitchell
... Ron Douglas
... Ike
... Ma
... Pa (as Morgan Sheppard)
Barbara Howard ... Frances
... Eric West
... Arlene
... Durel
Andy Wood ... Futterman
... Emmet Kassler
David Smith ... Roman Kassler
... Kirby
Adele Malis-Morey ... Gramma
Philip Arthur Ross ... Ike Jr. (as Phillip Arthur Ross)
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Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner. Her backwoods clan, descended from the Donner party, is skewed toward the unnatural. Will Ron find his way back to civilization? Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Shot under the title "Mr. Christmas Dinner." See more »

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Ike: Why are the gods so good to us?
Cynthia: Because we love people and we know how good they really are.
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Love Has Come to Me
Written by Tom Jenkins & Gary Falcone
Sung by Gary Falcone
Publisher Charted Course Music (ASCAP)
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Cannibalism and humour just don't mix in this pitiful comedy
17 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

LUCKY STIFF is probably one of the most unworkable comedies I can remember watching. The story is about an all-American nuclear family who just so happen to be cannibals. Hungry for their next feast, they send out their attractive daughter to hunt for suitable villains, and she soon discovers one in the form of the obese and loathsome Ron Douglas.

For most of the running time, LUCKY STIFF plays out as a ridiculous romantic comedy with all manner of lame situations and bizarre interludes. The aim is to deliver something quirky and humorous, but the effect is excruciating; I can't imagine anyone would have found this funny at the time, let alone now. Joe Alaskey's hammy turn as the lead is embarrassing and at no point do any of the cast members try any form of restraint.

Yes, there's a little macabre humour here and there, and some action at the climax, but for the most part LUCKY STIFF is as dull as it is unfunny. Believe it or not, PSYCHO star Anthony Perkins directed this, which was my main reason for watching; sadly he has about as much interest in the material as the viewer does. Watch out for THE WALKING DEAD actor Jeff Kober (he played the lead Claimer in the hit zombie show) in an early role.


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