Babo 73 (1964)
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The infantile comedy gets over mainly because of the stroke of genius casting of Andy Warhol underground star Taylor Mead as the spastic president of the United Status.
Audience Reviews for Babo 73
President Sandy Studsbury of the United Status has to deal with an invasion by the Red Siamese and with his own crazy cabinet led by Chester Kitty-Litter. Occasionally clever but mainly goofy underground satire is not up to snuff; it's like ordering DUCK SOUP and getting watery broth, or going to see DR. STRANGELOVE only to learn he flunked out of med school. Writer/director Robert Downey Sr. would get better after this amateurish first attempt.
A tedious film with little meat on its bones beyond the initial concept of casting Andy Warhol crony Taylor Mead as an impossibly whiny, listless President of the "United Status." Ample talk about negotiations with Albania and the Red Siamese goes nowhere, and a non-existent set budget results in most dialogue taking place outdoors in parks.
The first Downey Sr. film I viewed was the political satire Babo 73. The film had a view good moments early on, such as the confession scene, but it quickly got boring and even predictable. I understood the satire of it, in fact I feel like the satire in this one was to simple. You don't even have to think about it, it's all laid out for you. As a directorial debut it's certainly not a great one, but it has a few sparks of energy.
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