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Friday, 28 July 2017

Mini Retro Review: The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) #badmovies

The Beverly Hillbillies

Penelope Spheeris's follow-up to the hugely successful Wayne's World starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey is a dire fish-out-of-water movie remake of a once popular TV show of the 1960s, which is every bit as corny as it is mundane. But for the appearance of 9- to 5's Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, the jokes were rather lame, the laughs weren't very good & it's not that funny. I know I am not the intended target audience for this film, as I didn't grow up with the original series, nor am I an avid fan. But still, it was pedestrian in every respect. Plus, this feels very much like a TV movie. The characters 'flipping the bird' was unexpected and given as the series was a family orientated affair, that was unnecessary to have. This so-called running gag gets old as well. Unimpressive acting that is cartoonish in nature with the cast hamming it up for the cameras & silly flatulence gags thrown in as well. Lea Thompson's against-type turn as a lecherous gold-digging schemer added to the film's woes. Arguably, she is far too delicate to play an evil villain. The only laugh I got is when she mentioned ''penis is hard to find'' in a dodgy French accent, construed as ''happiness''. 

Minus the charm & genuine hilarity of Wayne's World, Beverly Hillbillies is a mere cash-grab, rather than a remake that pays respects to its origins and fans.

Is it worth seeing?

For die-hard fanatics only


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