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5 Reasons Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Is Too Rotten to Miss

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The Naked Gun movies are a lot like sex — a guilty pleasure that brings a smile to your face, before inevitably ending in a bunch of lousy reviews. And the third installment, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, may have been good for a laugh, but compared to the classic that was The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, it was an inauspicious way to go out. (55% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes!)

With IFC and Rotten Tomatoes teaming up to celebrate movies too rotten to miss, we thought we’d look back at this rotten triquel, and figure out why such a lousy movie still makes us laugh so hard.

5. Weirdest Collection of Cameos in Movie History

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Can you name another movie with Shannen Doherty AND Florence Henderson? How about “Weird Al” Yankovic AND James Earl Jones? Elliott Gould AND Vanna White? Any movie that squeezes in Olympia Dukakis, Morgan Fairchild, Mary Lou Retton, Raquel Welch and Ann B. Davis as “Alice” from The Brady Bunch, and still has room for a legitimately funny bit with Pia Zadora, has to be doing something right.


4. Anna Nicole Smith In Her Biggest Role Ever

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Anna Nicole Smith was known for a lot of things. Marrying ancient billionaires. Starring on a short-lived reality show. But right at the peak of her tabloid notoriety, she got her one shot at a legitimate acting role, thanks to The Naked Gun franchise, and she did, er, okay? Still, you can’t deny she draws your eyes to her, um, talents. Watching her in Naked Gun 33 1/3 is a flashback to a simpler time, when her biggest tragedy was earning a Razzie nomination for Worst New Star.


3. A Reminder of the days when O.J. Simpson Was a Movie Star

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Not to be outdone by the former Playmate of the Year, O.J. Simpson took home a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor in 1994. Granted, that may have had something to do with the fact that he was on trial for double homicide right after the movie came out. After all we’ve learned about the rampaging running back in the years since The Naked Gun movies, it certainly adds a whole new dimension to his performance as hapless police officer Nordberg, who never seemed to catch a break. Guess he was saving up all that karma for the trial of the century.


2. An Untouchable Untouchables Parody

No one can deny that even by the franchise’s standards, Naked Gun 33 1/3 is an uneven movie. The Zucker Brothers (Airplane!) went back to the well one too many times, and most of the jokes had been used up. Thankfully, there were a few bits designed for earlier movies that were cut due to time or budgetary concerns, and could be plucked from the trash heap and reworked. That’s how the filmmakers ended up with a legitimately clever parody of the classic train shootout from The Untouchables, which in itself was a homage to the “Odessa Steps” scene in Sergei Eisenstein’s famous 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin. So, if you’re in the mood for a heady send-up of the inventor of the montage, well, maybe this Leslie Nielsen joint is for you.


1. So Many Dumb Jokes That Make Us Laugh

Sure, this film franchise may have been running on fumes, but if you breathe enough fumes, you’re likely to laugh hysterically. This is far from the best Naked Gun movie, but when you spit out a joke a second, you’re bound to hit a few of them out of the park. The quotes! (“Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes.” “I like my sex the way I play basketball, one on one with as little dribbling as possible.”) The sperm bank scene! (Watch it above.) Rotten or not, Naked Gun 33 1/3 is still pretty chuckle-worthy.

Strap in for puns and pratfalls when Rotten Fridays kicks off Friday, August 12th starting at 8P!

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.