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Fritz The Cat Review


Bad
In the space of 77 minutes, this X-rated and animated cat (a recreation of the famed Robert Crumb character) has an orgy, gets stoned (repeatedly), incites a riot, takes a long road trip, and terroristically blows up a power plant, all before admitting he had a couple of bad ideas in there. Full of animated, nude, cartoon animals and some of the most vitriolic racism (disguised as empowerment) ever put on film, Fritz the Cat is so bad that Crumb, after seeing the film, killed the character in one of his comics. He should have killed director Ralph Bakshi, who went on to make an even worse sequel.

The Nine Lives Of Fritz The Cat Review


Terrible
This sequel to the animated (and X-rated) cult classic Fritz the Cat has all the profanity and raunch but none of the infamous stature. And justly so -- Robert Taylor, subbing in for director Ralph Bakshi, aims to shock, with one story about Hitler and another about Fritz venturing into New Africa (formerly New Jersey), where the U.S. has exiled all the blacks in the country. Meant as social satire, this comes off as cheap and disturbing -- but only because you feel like you've wasted 80 minutes of your life. Borders on unwatchable.

Which Way Is Up? Review


Weak
Decades before Eddie Murphy made his career comeback by playing a handful of different characters in The Nutty Professor, Richard Pryor showed how it was done in Which Way Is Up? And this isn't some kid-friendly piece of fluff like Murphy's recent productions. This is typical Pryor -- full of foul-mouthed trash talk that definitely had people cringing back in 1977 and still has them doing the same thing 25 years later.

Unfortunately, a pioneering performance idea and raunchy dialogue doesn't actually make the movie any good. The story follows a migrant farm worker named Leroy Jones (Pryor), who accidentally becomes selected for a management job and along his ride to the top he makes enemies of his former co-workers and friends, and finds his formerly sex-starved life filled with options. And wouldn't you know it, the only one which satisfies him is the local reverend's wife.

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