It Came From the Bargain Bin ( The Adventures of Ford Fairlane )
Welcome to this week’s installment of “It Came from the Bargain Bin”. There I am digging like a madman through the place where DVDs go to die and hopefully be revived and I’m not really sure of what I am looking for. Your expectations have to be low but you still have to have hope when you’re elbow deep in “The Bin”. You cannot expect to find a movie like last week’s review “Bernie” every time you’re on the hunt because good movies just aren’t a reality when your hunting grounds is a box full of five dollar flops. Sure, you get lucky but more often than not you are really just settling. I would have to say that one of the best things about The Bin is that you will most likely come up with a movie that you have not seen since you were a teen and that can be good or bad but either way it is a piece of your cinematic life that you have not forgotten…….or maybe you have until The Bin magically reminds you of the particular film. This week’s pick is one of those films. This week’s pick reminds me of a time when a certain comedian dominated the entertainment world. A comedian that was selling out stadiums in the late ’80′s and very early nineties. From rated R nursery rhymes to mannerisms that were laughably cool, this comedian was the big thing at the time. I think, by now, you know the comedian that I am reminiscing about; the incomparable, the crass, the, at one time, hysterical, Andrew Dice Clay. That’s right! This week’s pick from The Bin is the 1990 comedy…………”The Adventures of Ford Fairlane”!
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
Starring: Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Holly and Wayne Newton
Written By: Daniel Waters and James Cappe
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Reviewed by: Joe Sikes
There is a rock and roll crime to be solved and who else are you going to hire to solve the case than the one and only “Rock and Roll Detective”, Ford Fairlane (Andrew Dice Clay). The premier rock band “Black Plague” is performing and its legendary lead singer “Bobby Black” (Vince Neil) has just mysteriously croaked on stage.
This current tragedy is just the beginning of a trail of rock and roll industry related crimes that demands the attention of Mr. Fairlane. When Fairlane is hired by old Brooklyn buddy turned loud mouth DJ “Johnny Crunch” (Gilbert Gottfried) who ends up electrocuted to death in his own studio and Los Angeles millionaire “Colleen Sutton” (Priscilla Presley) to find and return a rock and roll groupie of the deceased Bobby Black known as Zuzu Petals (Maddie Corman), Ford finds himself knee-deep in a mystery that has him diving from exploding buildings, dropping endless one liners, and even possibly discovering that life isn’t just about hot chicks and partying.
“The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” is one of those movies that was funny at one time for a totally different reason than why it is entertaining now. I have to admit that I still find the ridiculous Dice Man one-liners humorous, even if it’s not for the same reasons that I found them funny for when I was a teen. I think that you will still get a kick out of this movie for one reason or another. If you haven’t watched “Ford Fairlane” in a while, I suggest that you check this one out again for old times sake and just have a good time. I give “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” 2 out of 3 washed up comics. Have a great week and see you next time.