Ah, the wonder of Blu-Ray re-releases! Amazon Women on the Moon was a much treasured VHS rental for me as a teenager (I can imagine the teenage me enjoying the segment ‘Video Dates’ very much…). It’s recently been released on Blu-Ray for the first time, and I watched it again, expecting to find it not very funny…
The film is just a series of sketches based around late night TV back in 80s, where an old sci-fi film is constantly interrupted with ads, other shows, and sketches. It’s patchy – but for the large part it’s hilarious. I think a lot of the weaker material is placed earlier in the film, and gradually the better humour takes over… By the time I was at the segment “Roast Your Loved One” directed by the great Joe Dante, I was laughing my head off.
It’s risqué in parts, very 80s but it’s also packed with some great actors – and it’s nice to see people like the late Russ Meyer and B.B King making funny cameos.
The sci-fi movie that the film is built around is the most irritating thing in the film (until Sybil Danning turns up! – this blogpost is definitely regressing to being written by my teenage self…) but the film manages to overcome nearly all of the weaker elements to make it a fun, silly, treat.
Alongside Joe Dante’s segments, other directors include John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton and Robert K Weiss. And apart from the previously mentioned cameo appearances it’s a rare treat to see Steve Guttenberg doing his shtick again – he really is a funny and odd actor (but don’t worry, I won’t be writing about Police Academy anytime soon.)
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