The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)



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Zuzu Petals is missing, Johnny Crunch got fried and somebody killed heavy-metal rocker Bobby Black. Now, womanizing, foul-mouthed, and homophobic rock & roll detective Ford Fairlane is on the case to put it all together and solve the case in this lively, comedy-murder mystery. This case may be just what Fairlane needs to get out of his personal and professional slump. Not only has business been slacking off, his secretary and ex-lover Jazz is complaining about her job and the insensitive way Fairlane treats her. The disgruntled gumshoe is also tired of being paid in drumstick and guitar picks by his wealthy clients. Finally he is irritated by the teenage boy who idolizes him and imitates him at every turn. As he begins investigating the three cases, he begins to realize that they are connected. The hunt takes him down some odd paths until he finds ZuZu. This in turn leds him to a major record executive, Julian Grendel who holds the keys to solving the mysterious deaths. The story's climax involves a rock concert and a conflagration. In the end, Fairlane abandons his playboy ways to marry Jazz and become a father to his lonely teenage fan.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Waters, James Cappe, David Arnott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Twentieth Century Fox

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Andrew Dice Clay
as Ford Fairlane
Maddie Corman
as Zuzu Petals
Gilbert Gottfried
as Johnny Crunch
Brandon Call
as The Kid
Ed O'Neill
as Lt. Amos
Vince Neil
as Bobby Black
Shelia E.
as Club Singer
David Arnott
as Club Guys
as Sorority Girl
Cody Jarrett
as Kyle Troy
William Shockley
as Punk Gunslinger
Mark Zuelke
as Punk Gunslinger
Ed. E. Villa
as Piano Mover
Steve White
as Detective
Sheila E.
as Club Singer
Hili Park
as Twin Club Girl
Gry Park
as Twin Club Girl
Kurt Loder
Phil Soussan
as Black Plague Band Me...
Carlos Cavazo
as Black Plague Band Me...
Randy Castillo
as Black Plague Band Me...
J.D. Reilly
as Club Band Member
Bonnie Boyer
as Club Band Member
Consuela Nance
as Backup Singer
Aurorah Allain
as Backup Singer
Diane Almeida
as Backup singer
Jaz Kaner
as Mixer
David Bowe
as College Boy
Michael Alan Kahn
as College Boy
Willie Garson
as Frat Boy
Ladd Vance
as Frat Boy
Robert Mangiardi
as Sleazy Guy
Kristin Pearcey
as Sorority Girl
Lori Pfeiffer
as Sorority Girl
Diana Barrows
as Sorority Girl
Lala Sloatman
as Sorority Girl
Lee Lawrence
as Bartender
Connie Johnson
as Tour Guide
Jordan Lund
as Amiable Tourist
Allan Wasserman
as Mortician
Charlie Hawke
as Mortician
Rita Bland
as Receptionist
Kathleen Monica
as Receptionist
Randy Crenshaw
as Bel Air Party Singer
John Hammond
as Piano Player
Tone Loc
as Slam the Rapper
Hot Tub Johnny West
as Damion Flemm
Sandra Sheeler
as Girl on Ladder
Edmund E. Villa
as Piano Mover
Jimmy Zavala
as Studio Musician
David McLaurin
as Studio Musician
Lee Thornberg
as Studio Musician
William Smitty Smith
as Studio Musician
James Dale
as Studio Musician
John Menzano
as Studio Musician
Rick Marotta
as Studio Musician
Jimmy Dale
as Studio Musician
Pamela Segall
as Pussycat
as Slam the Rapper
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Surprisingly funny and expectedly rude, this first starring vehicle by vilified standup comic Andrew Dice Clay has a decidedly lowbrow humor that is a sort of modern equivalent of that of the Three Stooges.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This expensively empty action comedy is as much fun as a car crash.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The person most likely to be entertained by ''The Adventures of Ford Fairlane'' need not be made aware of the film's existence. He's already on the screen.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] slick glorification of hate and loathing that portrays women as sexually promiscuous and men as infantile, violent and feeble-minded.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Isn't for every taste, but those tuned into Clay's goofy personality are rewarded with a hilarious performance that finds the comedian at his most confidant and playfully mischievous.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane


Andrew Dice Clay basically plays himself in this comedy, a perfect representation of the glory days of MTV and the sunset strip in 1990. I was a fan of MTV and the haircut bands of that era, so Ford Fairlane is a guilty pleasure, to be sure. Its cheesy and offensive yet hilarious also. Check out "Aint Got You" by Ford (Clay); it is an awesome contrast between what used to be rock and roll and what is passing for it both in 1990 and now.

I love the all-star cast: Robert Englund, Priscilla Presley, Wayne Newton, Ed O'Neil, Gilbert Gottfried, and Lauren Holly. Holly excels in a small role as the vulnerable secretary with the knock-out figure. The Dice-man is exactly what you'd expect, for better or worse, and Maddie Corman is delightful as Zuzu, an MTV dance party-type. Has there ever been a greater groupie name than "Zuzu Petals?"

The plot is disposable; who cares about the mysterious CDs? Accept The Adventures of Ford Fairlane for what it is, and just laugh along. As Dice would exclaim, "Unfu*#ingbelieveable!"

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Indefensible trash. I love it!

Steve K

Super Reviewer


Andrew Dice Clay's so hilarious in this title role.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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