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Can’t Stop the Music (1980).

October 13, 2009

The Scoop:
Forget “Vegas in Space.” Forget “Paris is Burning.” Hell, even forget “Purple Rain.” This is officially the gayest movie ever made.

It’s the same old trying-to-be-a-star plot that’s been rehashed far too many times, but this time is stars the Village People on the downside of their popularity. And the fact that they seem to be trying so hard to convince the world that they’re not gay just makes the flames coming out of the screen that much more obvious. Add to that the bad dialogue, flashy disco costumes (which, the film would have us believe, the guys wear in their daily lives, too) and the career launch of Steve Gutenberg as a struggling composer, and you’ve got a righteous stinker. A flaming stinker, even.

Want to know who to blame? How about producer/writer Allen Carr, director Nancy Walker, and of course the Village People’s musical svengali, Jacques Morali.

This is one of the quintessential bad movies.

Best Line:
“James is the name, and flame’s my game!”

Best Musical Number:
The deliriously campy “Y.M.C.A.” number, which is (sadly) the only one of their good hits that made it into the film.

Side Note:
Gutenberg’s character, Jack Morrell, is just a thinly-veiled version Morali.

Companion Viewing:
“Breaking 2: Electric Boogaloo” (1984), “Purple Rain” (1984) and “Glitter” (2001).

Cool Cinema Trash.

Take a Look:
The fabulous trailer!

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