Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Yellowbeard (1983)

IMDb plot summary: Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame of shame, an intellectual. The British Navy, Yellowbeard, his son, and members of Yellowbeard's old crew all go after the treasure.
Directed by Mel Damski. Starring Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Peter Cook, and Marty Feldman.

As soon as I started watching this movie, my husband saw the cast list and said he wanted to watch it with me. It is an incredible cast -- half the members of Monty Python, many of Mel Brooks' go-to favorites, and a smattering of well-known character actors. (The Australian tagline was apparently, "Everyone who's ever been funny!") With such a great collection of funny performers, you'd think this would be a home run. Well... not quite. It is definitely entertaining enough, especially as it gets going and picks up steam, but there are also a lot of awkward moments where jokes don't land (and, oh my gosh, so many rape jokes -- that definitely made me a little squirmy). Fortunately, at only 96 minutes, it has enough fun moments to make it worth watching, despite its flaws.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Yellowbeard > Days of Heaven
Yellowbeard < American Outlaws
Yellowbeard > Children of Paradise
Yellowbeard < The Green Mile
Yellowbeard < One, Two, Three
Yellowbeard < The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Yellowbeard < Splice
Yellowbeard > Tangled
Yellowbeard < Elf
Yellowbeard < Connie and Carla
Yellowbeard < Being John Malkovich
Yellowbeard > Peter Pan Live!

Final spot: #923 out of 2492.

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