Dir: John Landis, Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, Robert K. Weiss, Joe Dante, 1987
In an attempt to emulate the success of 1977’s The Kentucky Fried Movie a decade earlier, Amazon Women On The Moon is a hot and miss affair that, sadly, missed more than it hits.
Whereas The Kentucky Fried Movie had only one director in John Landis, this movie has five directors, each directing a sketch, with Landis being one of them.
The earlier 1977 feature, had the writing talents of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, who would later go on to write and direct Airplane!. Unfortunately, writers Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland, don’t have the same panache as the ZAZ trio, and several sketches are long winded and unfunny.
Opening the film, is Arsenio Hall as a guy who is having an incredibly bad day. Everything he touches breaks, resulting in electric shocks, bruises and broken bones. A funny sketch, it shows promise for the rest of the film but is let down by the poor quality of the material.
Interspersed throughout the film, is low-budget sci-fi movie called Amazon Women On The Moon. However, the running joke is that the movie keeps breaking down and every time we go back to it, the story has progressed so much it becomes incoherent and unintelligible.
But, it’s that sketch that makes this film so frustrating. The B-movie, seems so much funnier than the package it’s contained in. The writers would, maybe, have been better scrapping the rest of the film, and applying all their concentration to the B-movie.
With the wealth of talent behind the film, you would expect something much funnier. Although there are occasional laughs are to be had, the hope and potential on show in Amazon Women On The Moon is substituted with misery and disappointment.