Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.
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Was this the inspiration for Dumb and Dumber? Unless you are fan of the idiot buddy movie genre, this is almost unwatchable. I love Elaine May but this is sad. The Wikipedia entry for this film is much more interesting than the film itself.
I saw this movie long after all the bad reviews, and I was confused. It's a perfectly fine movie. I don't care about the budget. I don't care who is an egomaniac. I just hope future generations can see it in a less hostile environment. Hollywood is run by 4 year olds.
Other than how much it cost and bias against movie star egos involved, the only other theory I got as to why people didn't dig it back than is American's weren't ready for "cringe comedy' played straight until 2000s TV comedies made it more accepted. It's not perfect or May's best film but it's got a lot good things going for it.
I wasn't expecting it to be any good, but I didn't think it could be as bad as its horrific reputation. I was wrong. This film isn't just not funny, its excruciatingly so as it tries desperately to wring out a laugh while trudging through a bloated, pointless thriller plot. Not even entertaining in a "so bad it's good" kind of way, just irritating and painfully boring.
Apparently this has been a flop, I really don't get why - this is probably the most beautifully weird mid-life-crisis-movie I've ever seen: two pals, both wonderfully played stumble through marocco ( consisting of cities and cars, not deserts and sheepherds), their ignorance and naivity confronted with the slingshot-lifestyle of the capitalist periphery - beats much cold-war stuff by length, just great entertainment