14 March 2013

Caveman


Caveman (1981)
  • Director: Carl Gottlieb
  • Based on Book: no
  • Cast: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford, Barbara Bach
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Ringo Starr: Well, we hardly have to wonder where we’ve seen him before
    • Dennis Quaid: Smart People, American Dreamz, Day After Tomorrow, Far from Heaven, Great Balls of Fire
  • Why bought: Ringo and relatively good rating in Maltin
  • Seen: October 13, 2012

This might be the stupidest movie I’ve ever seen. I’m almost embarrassed to admit I watched the whole thing.  Well, I dozed off now and then but I do that even with good movies.
Was it worth watching? Not really.  So why did I? Well, Ringo.  Although it was a bit painful to watch him parody his own role as a lonely outcast in A Hard Day’s Night, a role he played so well we forgot he might not be playing himself.  Here he was foolishly macho and not very likeable.  But he’s still Ringo.
And every time I was about to turn it off something really funny happened. Here’s a list:
  • Text: “One zillion years B.C.” Silly but when a few seconds later “October 9” appeared on the screen, I laughed out loud. I use the same kind of silliness in my history lectures.
  • Ravel’s “Bolero” being played while Ringo tries to have sex with the comatose Lana (he’d drugged her – not funny at all).
  • Almost 2001: A Space Odyssey music when they discovered fire and later The William Tell Overture (you know, theme music of the Lone Ranger) for a chase.
  • Shifting scene with the text: “A nearby ice age”.
  • The credits: 
    • Tyrannosaurus Rex – himself
    • Big Horned Lizard – himself
    • Pterodactyl -  herself
    • Howling Lizard – himself


     The fact that I even laughed at all this is probably evidence of serious character flaws in myself that shouldn’t be revealed but laugh I did and that’s why, in spite of the annoyingly ludicrous sexism (spoof, I know, but unfunny and annoying anyway) and making jokes about discovering weapons and war, it doesn’t get a zero on the scale but, let’s say, 2* of 100?

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