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Get Crazy
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by dionwr

"Book us into every shit-hole in Liverpool! Rocknroll's gonna be fun again!"
4 stars

Allan Arkush, of "Rock 'n' Roll High School" fame, went on to make this much funnier, but much less known, B-movie, based on his experiences at the legendary Fillmore East rock palace.

A smarmy, smirking guy (Miles Chapin) enters a theater, early in the day. An annoying little white dog comes yapping up to him. He stops, looks at it, looks around to make sure no one's watching--and then he drop-kicks the dog into the balcony. We cut to a closeup as he smirks, freeze-framed, and the subtitle "The Villain" flashes on the screen. How can you not love a movie like this?

One of the great joys of B-movies is we film freaks get to know about them before the rest of the world does. (I'm *really* looking forward to when everyone catches up to "Bubba Ho-Tep" in a few years.) Well, Get Crazy is in that category. What I can't figure out is why this gem isn't as well-known as it ought to be, even among cult fans.

Set during an incredibly eventful New Year's Eve concert/party at a legendary rock theater, the plot is just an excuse for the gags and bits that make up the movie. Since it isn't really concerned with plot, it makes up for that by throwing non-stop energy into its gags. The stars of the rock show are thinly (very thinly!) veiled parodies of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Muddy Walters, among others, and this provides a lot of fun as the movie makes fun of them.

The biggest scene-stealer is Malcolm McDowell as "Reggie Wanker," based on Mick Jagger--he even does the chicken-walk at one point, on stage. The scene after he drinks the drug-spiked punch and has a conversation with his own penis ought to have ensured the cult classic status of Get Crazy; it is definitely memorable. If MTV ever wants to have a parody Mick Jagger in one of their specials, McDowell is da man.

Daniel Stern is the central character, the stage manager who is one step ahead of any disaster as he tries to keep the show on track, romance a stagehand he's got his eye on, and keep the villain from blowing up the theater, all at the same time. Stern has never been better, mostly because he relaxes, and doesn't give way, here, to the screeching and over-acting which have made him so irritating in films like Home Alone.

I'm not being overly specific, because I don't want to give away its jokes. But I've been thinking about this film a lot, because I happened to catch it on a latenight cable channel a few weeks back--and it's still as funny as when I first saw it. How many comedies from 1983 can make the same claim?

If sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and low taste humor are for you, JoeBob says check this one out.

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1/01/11 MedievalMan I was there in the 70's and 80's, and this movie nails the period muisc. 5 stars
1/02/08 Jeff Anderson A blast & no other film captures fast paced lunacy better! Arkush, GET THIS ON DVD PRONTO!! 5 stars
7/07/05 Sax Wiz No other movie comes close to capturing the absurdity of rock n' roll! 5 stars
4/27/05 E.T.P. Funnier than "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", more great songs than "Paint your Wagon"! 9/10 5 stars
2/06/05 Jeff Anderson The greatest New Years Eve comedy musical ever made. My favorites are NADA & PIGGY!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/14/04 Tossy Tosbourne Its at one level with "Gone With The Wind", with better music 5 stars
5/15/04 onebrownjeff I SO wish this were out on video & DVD 5 stars
3/13/04 Ralph Melone Excellant music also. Great trippin' movie! Lou Reed and Lee Ving steal the show. 5 stars
1/29/04 Keith This is a classic sleeper, hilarious. See it if you can! 5 stars
12/07/03 Mike Malcolm McDowell is excellent as Reggie Wanker, but Lou Reed (as Auden) steals the show. 5 stars
12/22/02 Pigwidgeon Sorry, d00dz, but this one deserves FIVE stars. One of the best ensemble comedies ever! 5 stars
11/23/02 Larry Jenkins Has the funniest drug briefcase buffet ever! 4 stars
11/20/02 Charles Tatum Very funny rock and roll comedy 4 stars
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