Theres a comedian in the country right now who is phenomenally popular and getting movie roles and TV spots. His name is Dane Cook. His rise to stardom is mirroring another comedian who had a similar career named Andrew Dice Clay.
You remember Clay right? Big dark haired New York comedian who had legions of fans, sold out the Garden many times and was controversial for his foul mouth with jokes about minorities and women. Cook may not be controversial for his outrageousness, but he's the opposite of Clay in that hes completely apathetic for his blandness of trying to appeal to everyone in the most base ways.
Andrew's biggest career move came in 1990 with this action adventure comedy The Adventures of Ford Fairlane a movie that could have been a hit but protesters and a bit of sloppiness on the movies part dashed those dreams. If you are a Clay fan theres a lot to like here. If not, Clay certainly has enough charisma to keep your attention during the film.
Clay is Ford Fairlane who drives a car of the same name and cruises the Malibu and Los Angeles roads looking to pay his bills and meet some girls. He's also earned the moniker of "Rock N Roll detective" since his cases all revolve around Rock Bands and the LA club scene. An old friend of his has made it big as an obnoxious DJ and needs him to locate a young woman who he claims is his daughter, not too long afterword a luxiouroius millionaire shows up making claims that the same woman is related to her also and Ford quickly smells a rat which leads him all over town to find what is down and discovers a pirating scheme with stolen CDs at the heart of whats going on. The film isn't shy to make commentary on the state of music and even the music industry, the movie also isn't shy to have Clay showing off his chuvanistic best as he beds women, treats his lovely secratery/girl friend like a coat hanger and makes his obsenity laced jokes about anything un PC under the sun every few minutes. Needless to say your love of Dice and his act will determine your love for this movie.
The biggest failing is the story. A simple murder mystery which is linked to character's deaths comes in the form of missing CDs. There had to be a better way of telling the story then they did here which overcomplicated things needlessly, maybe as a way to have people talk about the complexities better the movie forgets that it's hero is a polorizing comedian and the film isn't meant to be a drama. Ford talks to himself about his case and his life, theres action and detective work going on, the story plotting is what is crippling. You gott wonder how these CD's came into being or why the bearers of them got them in the first place. Maybe they were hoping for a video game tie in on the Nintendo. "As Ford Fairlane, your mission is to find missing CDs to gain access to the Capitol Records building for your final showdown!"
Adventures of Ford Fairlane certainly has it's charm but it comes from Ford mostly. If you don't like Ford you won't like this movie. If you don't like movies that are overly complicated you won't like this movie. If you made it past those first two hurdles then Ford is worth a watch. Case CAH-LOSEDUH!
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