Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – An aspiring actor travels to Hollywood to compete for the ability to receive the title of the World’s Greatest Lover thus helping a fledgling studio beat its more powerful competition.
My Take on it – Yet another of Gene Wilder’s films that just doesn’t connect well enough.
One would think that with Wilder writing, directing and starring in this, things would be funnier, but in the end, it all just comes across as being too boring and lacks very many laughs.
The characters just aren’t developed well enough for us to care about them and it’s not possible to even sympathize with anything they are going through.
They do a poor job at trying to parody a time and place where movies were much different than today and it just doesn’t feel as if they come close to getting it right.
Instead of being entertaining, this film is so difficult to get through because it moves too slowly and it gets crazier and crazier as things more along.
Bottom Line -What an extremely boring and unfunny film. One would think taht with Wilder behind the camera, in front of it and also having written it, it would be funnier than it is. The characters aren’t sympathetic at all and things just get crazier and crazier as the film moves along. The way that this film tries to parody the silent film era just doesn’t come across well enough and instead of being entertaining, this film is very difficult to get through, thankfully, it isn’t too long.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Appearing in an early bit role as an assistant director is Danny DeVito who would later become in real-life a full director. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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