Can't Stop the Music (1980)
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Glitz producer Allan Carr tries to cash in on the late-'70s disco boom with Can't Stop the Music -- a film of such Brobdingnagian banality that it almost in itself stopped the disco movement cold. Comedienne Nancy Walker directed this musical chronicle, purporting to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Valerie Perrine is Samantha Simpson, a helpful ex-model who attempts to get her roommate, Jack Morrell's (Steve Guttenberg), songwriting career off the ground by assembling a motley group of her Greenwich Village friends (The Village People) together to cut a demo tape of Jack's ditties. All Samantha has to do is charm the square lawyer Ron White (Bruce Jenner) in order to get him to listen to The Village People's scintillating disco strains. … More
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as Samantha Simpson
as Ron White
as Jack Morell
as Sydney Channing
as Construction Worker
as Steve Waits
as Helen Morell
as Norma White
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as Lulu Brecht
as Richard Montgomery
as Benny Murray
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Critic Reviews for Can't Stop the Music
The Village People, along with ex-Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, have a long way to go in the acting stakes.
A wretchedly sub-standard score from Jacques Morali and production numbers of exceptional tackiness round things off.
The unevenness of the acting comes as a kind of blessing, though, since the rest of the movie is so thoroughly homogenized.
Please DO stop the music! A '70s disco holdover.
This botched affair... goes absolutely nowhere and failed to cause much of a stir with moviegoers who, by the time of its release, were jumping on the disco backlash bandwagon.
It's tough to believe any movie that opens with Steve Guttenberg dancing on rollerskates could actually get worse from there, but it does -- and in such spectacular fashion!
Audience Reviews for Can't Stop the Music
A fun, cheesy, musical about the Village People! Whether or not you like the band, if you like fun 80s movies that are a little cheesy, you'll enjoy this movie like I did. Of course, it could be a little better, but it's pretty good.
Mindnumbingly awful, a LOT of terrible acting, particularly Bruce Jenner, and laugh out loud ridiculous musical numbers but still hypnotic in its hopeless crassness and late 70's-early 80's excess.
Cheesy-as-heck. Not much man-loving goes on. It's mostly a song and dance extravangaza in the 70's style, so don't fear kiddies. Not campy enough to warrant a re-watch.
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