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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)



Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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Controversial and often offensive stand-up comedian Andrew Dice Clay made his debut as a feature film star in this crude comedy. Fairlane is a "rock and roll detective" who works in the music business, has an office on Sunset Boulevard, and drives a 1957 Ford, with clothing to match. He floats through the rock clubs of Hollywood, picking up women and clients, and soon stumbles into a case involving the death of a heavy metal singer, a corrupt music executive (Wayne Newton), the murder of a radio


Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Dec 16, 2003

Twentieth Century Fox

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (20) | DVD (3)

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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This expensively empty action comedy is as much fun as a car crash.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[A] slick glorification of hate and loathing that portrays women as sexually promiscuous and men as infantile, violent and feeble-minded.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's harmless fun with a breezy '80s ambiance -- a neon playground with a cross-eyed soundtrack, smoky widescreen cinematography, and a cool snapshot of Dice when he was king of the world.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's bad, it's been forgotten, and we can all move on with nary a second thought.

March 19, 2007
Flipside Movie Emporium

As vulgar and obnoxious as its star. One of the very worst films of 1990.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Possibly genius.

February 13, 2005 | Comments (2)
New Times

Pretty bad, but Dice Clay's best effort.

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Look at the star. Look at the director. See something else.

March 19, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gets stale after a while, but Dice was still pretty funny.

March 19, 2003

Nice try but no dice.

February 7, 2003
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Funny in a south side of Chicago neighborhood kind of way, but not much more than his stand-up act.

November 27, 2002
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

As a stand-up comedian, Clay's repertoire was minimal. On a movie screen, it's insufferable.

July 27, 2002

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!"
October 17, 2012
Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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Andrew Dice Clay's so hilarious in this title role.
December 3, 2006
Dean McKenna

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Say what you will about Andrew "Dice" Clay, but I LOVE this movie. Clay was a one-note comic, but he milked his 15 minutes for all it was worth, never more on display than in this movie. As a "rock and roll detective", the movie is filled with then-famous music industry people which give the movie an extra quality. What surprises is there is an actual story here. A genuine mystery that provides Clay with something to do besides lift material from his stand up act. It helps that they hired an actual filmmaker, Renny Harlin, to helm Clay's leading man debut. Harlin is a visually gifted director that knows how to orchestrate an action scene, fill the screen with eye candy, and keep things moving at a lively pace. Music group Yello adds an original musical score that adds to the overall good feel of the movie. Watch for a great cameo by Married With Children's Ed O'Neil as a police detective with a personal gripe against Clay. Let's just say that disco will never be the same. A guilty pleasure, and one damn funny movie.
February 12, 2009
RJ MacReady

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    1. Sleazy Guy: Last dance Mr. rock and roll detective.
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
    1. Don Cleveland: You got to shave before you leave the house in a dress like that, and I don"t mean your legs.
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
    1. Ford Fairlane: I'm so terrifical I even got my own 1-800 number. 1-800-UNBELIEVABLE!
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
    1. Johnny Crunch: No dessert until you finish your dinner.
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
    1. Ford Fairlane: What are your names? Neil and Bob, or is that like what you do?
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
    1. Lt. Amos: Are you calling me an asshole, asshole?
    2. Ford Fairlane: No I'm calling you an anus, anus. But if you prefer.
    – Submitted by Rocky R (2 years ago)
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