Craptastic Cinema

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Year : 1987 Director : Michael Schultz Running Time : 86 Minutes Genre :
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All genres of music go through a stage of gimmicky cheesiness.   It’s hard to explain why this is.  Perhaps it is the first stage of acceptance by the mass listening population as a respectable music form.  Perhaps it is designed to kill off the genre before it becomes mainstream.  For every Beatles, there was The Monkees.  For every Bee Gee, there was a Disco Duck.  During the late 80’s, hip hop and rap started to go through it’s own parody stage.  One of the biggest bands of that period, all puns intended, were The Fat Boys.  While talented in the skills of MC-ing, it was the fact that combined they weighed nearly 1000lbs that made them household names.  The Fat Boys released several albums that received high praise from critics.  A couple even went Gold and Platinum in sales.  The Fat Boys made their film debut in the hip hop classic Krush Groove, but we are not reviewing that movie.  No we are reviewing the one, and only, film that they were the stars of.  We are reviewing Disorderlies.

Disorderlies is about Winslow Lowery (Anthony Geary) who running on his last leg, financially.  He also owes money to a group of Latin gangsters.  His only hope, besides getting off his rich spoiled butt and getting a job, is the death of his extremely rich uncle, Albert Dennison (Ralph Bellamy).  In Winslow’s mind, the fastest way to do this is to hire the worst orderlies he can find to take care of his uncle.  Here enters The Fat Boys, fresh off getting fired at a hospital for eating chocolate cakes that were in the refrigerator for the patients.  I really wish I could say that I was joking there, but seriously they got fired for eating cake.

Though originally disliked by Albert and the rest of his house staff, The Fat Boys won them over through their personalities.  With Albert, they actually took him out one night to an all night party.  On their return, Albert began to treat them like sons.  He even began to talk using hip hop slang words.  One night, through a mistake, The Fat Boys lose all of Albert’s medication.  By some odd act of God, it was actually a good thing.  Turns out Albert was being over medicated, and was good as new within a couple of days.  This infuriates Winslow, because now he knows that he is farther away from his inheritance.  Winslow also hates how close Albert has become to The Fat Boys.  This leads Winslow to create a plan that frames The Fat Boys for the attempted murder of Albert.  With the diversion, Winslow will then steal Albert’s money, and get away without anyone noticing.  These actions make The Fat Boys straighten up their goofy ways, and work together to save the day.

Disorderlies relies heavily on slapstick humor.  In fact, the trailer to the movie (which you can see by clicking the movie poster in the upper left corner of this induction) compares them to The Three Stooges.  While I would not go as far to say the humor was on par with The Three Stooges, one can see how this movie was marketed.  This movie is all about fat jokes.  You got fat people eating, you got fat people doing belly flops, you got fat people driving small cars, you get it all and then some.  Even the song in the opening credits uses fart noises as part of the beat.  You know, because fat people are known for farting.  The other part of the humor is based around race relations.  This movie is very much three urban guys making rich white folk act, and talk like them.  Hearing the then 84 year old Ralph Bellamy refer to people as “his homies” is a cornerstone to the humor in this movie.  Of course, The Fat Boys start to do the stereotypical “white” activities as well.   These include golfing, yachting, skeet shooting, and going on safaris.   Yep, this movie really unites the races.

On the Craptastic Scale, this movie will get a 2 out of 5.  As a child I remember loving Disorderlies.  Watching it for this induction, it has lost a lot of charm.  It is stupid humor on every level.  As mentioned before, it is all race and fat jokes.  The jokes grow old very quickly, and there is not a strong plot to fall back on.  The acting is not is very good; however, that could be expected because of who they cast.  Outside of The Fat Boys, most of the cast are 2nd rate soap opera actors, and others who make up the b-movie genre quite frequently.  Reflecting back on my 10 year old self, I can see why this movie was funny to me.  It is heavy on slapstick, and perhaps it was geared towards children because of it.  There are some swear words, but nothing too bad or frequently.  The “s word” is said on a couple occasions, but not enough to bump the rating higher than it’s given PG.  I would say this is a good movie for a 10-12 year old boy.  Outside of that, it is viewer beware.

A couple cool moments come from cameos of The Beach Boys, and Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick.  Nothing special, but I figured I would mention them.  The Beach Boys get called out by name, Rick you will have to know who he is to spot him.  Funny enough though, he is wearing a Cheap Trick shirt.  I did laugh because in Rick’s scene, he is wearing a pair of flip up sunglasses.  When he flips up the shades, they are still sunglasses under them.  Don’t know why I found it funny, but it did give me a chuckle.

Good luck finding a copy of this movie for cheap.  it is long out of print.  There was a DVD made, and it can go for around $35.  The VHS in poor quality is around $3.00, but has been listed for over $100 in good quality.  No joke, $100 for this pile of crap.  But there are two easy ways to see it.  The movie is in Netflix Instant, as well as having the entire film posted on YouTube.  So you can view it either of those ways.  Its a good for a couple stupid laughs, or to bring back memories of late 80’s hip hop.

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-Matt Camarco

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