Opening

97% Ghostbusters Aug 29
22% As Above/So Below Aug 29
34% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
76% The Congress Aug 29

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $17.2M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $16.7M
37% If I Stay $15.7M
21% Let's Be Cops $10.8M
18% When The Game Stands Tall $8.4M
34% The Expendables 3 $6.5M
32% The Giver $6.4M
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For $6.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $5.3M
19% Into The Storm $3.8M

Coming Soon

—— Innocence Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
—— The Identical Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05

New Episodes Tonight

—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

75% The Cosmopolitans: Season One
100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
89% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

tomatometer

No Score Yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

audience

68

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 9,988

My Rating

Movie Info

Comedy writers David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams of Airplane and The Naked Gun fame got their start at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, when they formed a theatrical group known as The Kentucky Fried Theater. The Kentucky Fried Movie is based on the KFT's gag-filled theatrical skits. Including well-known stars such as Bill Bixby, Donald Sutherland, Tony Dow, George Lazenby and Henry Gibson, the film has over 22 different segments of varying lengths. Some are seconds long. Longer

R,

Comedy, Cult Movies

David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams

Jul 4, 2000

Best Film & Video Corp.

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (6) | DVD (23)

It's easy to spoof cliches; it's something else again to string them together with the insight into narrative structure these boys evidence.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Great fun for an undemanding night out.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The range of its satire and comedy, as displayed in 22 segments running from a minute or two up to 30 minutes, is fairly narrow.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The Kentucky Fried Movie boasts excellent production values and some genuine wit, though a few of the sketches are tasteless.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Still packs in the laughs at a non-stop rate...

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Most of the jokes still hold up excellently even today and with spoof commercials and trailers so popular these days, especially today, The Kentucky Fried Movie proves to be both hilarious and curiously prescient.

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The Kentucky Fried Movie misses as often as it hits, but when the writers and Landis arrive at a great idea ... it's like watching an entire fruitful comic perspective being spawned.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Saturday Night Live had been doing the same thing, only better, on TV for two years prior to this... and Monty Python had been doing something far more subversive and positively genius with their Flying Circus for nearly a decade prior...

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

a hit and miss affair

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Vulgar and uproariously funny.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Smart and satirical but very dated, obviously.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Some episodes are coarse and sadly unfunny.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

As many hits as misses, but the hits are zingers!

July 15, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Apesar de ter inaugurado um novo gênero de comédia, o filme é prejudicado justamente pelo desgaste provocado por suas dezenas de sucessores - mas, mesmo assim, ainda faz rir.

February 1, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A quintessential midnight movie classic. Raunchy 70's humor, softcore sex, and the best Bruce Lee parody ever. Deep battered and mmm mmm good!

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

The kung-fu segment is a classic

September 14, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

A hodgepodge of skits, some of which are better then others. It hasn't dated very well, but if you love the Airplane movies, this should make you laugh a bit every now and then.

August 8, 2002
Countingdown.com

Tom Green wishes he was even a tenth as funny as this.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

When the jokes do land (and many of them do), it is one of the funniest movies available.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

It's surprising, then, that The Kentucky Fried Movie can still inspire laughter at its naughtiness, and even more surprising that it might still be considered envelope-pushing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Kentucky Fried Movie

Written by the ZAZ Team (Airplane! The Naked Gun, etc) and directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, etc), this is one of, if not the earliest spoof film.

There's not really much of a plot, as this is more of an anthology of mostly unconnected sketches that parody various television programs, commercials, and different films, namely of the exploitation and educational varieties. There's also a hilarious jab at cinematic gimmicks, where a man goes to a movie being shown in "feel around"...which results in him being physically accosted by an usher.

The film is very politically incorrect, rude, stupid, silly, and goofy, but I mostly had a good time with it. A lot of it is pretty smart with the satire, and really dead on, but then there's a fair amount that just left me feeling kinda "meh", despite a sly grin on my face.

I think the biggest issue here is that the film, though clever and well done, is quite dated, and some of the jokes are no longer as effective thanks to the passage of time, with audiences growing more accustomed to raunch.

All in all though, it is enjoyable, but not nearly as groundbreaking as later stuff like Airplane! That being said, I must give special praise to the level of detail and care that went into the Kung fu parody, as well as the fact that the film features a midget dressed in a clown suit whipping half naked Catholic schoolgirls chained up in a dungeon.

If this sounds like your thing, then give it a shot.
June 13, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

InTheBasket
Just when I thought it safe to go on watching, there I go again laughing Hysterically.

SHAMLESS FUNNY. zuckNuckLe My MAN! One the Number 1 on my ZuckNuckle Top Ten Movies. I dont really care what people say but this Movie is just too friggin too funny to miss.
For a low Budget and for a Seventy Spoof it was Hilarious.
warning not for kids!
August 28, 2011
ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Crude, nude and not for the prude! As one of the first satire films ever to have been made, this marks the historic birth of a subgenre, that with time has come to generate a whole ocean's worth of offsprings. Very raunchy and experimental by form, yet for the better part quite funny. Some of the jokes are really top-of-the-line, even if the editing and visuals look awfully dated and low-budget. For when they do hit their target, they do so to side-splitting results. One thing that entertained me in particular was the spoof on Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. Having recently seen said martial arts flick, just made it all the more hilarious. So if you're into this special flair of comedy, I can definitely recommend you to give it a go. That is, if you're not too easily offended by its raw and unapologetic humor. Because if there's one thing this movie doesn't do, it's holding back its punches.
July 19, 2011
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite spoof movies of the 70s, it's hilarious and spoofs both TV and film. The main part of the movie has a spoof of Enter the Dragon, which is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. There are a bunch of cameos to look for as well, so I highly recommend this movie to fans of the 70s.
January 5, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Movies Like The Kentucky Fried Movie

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Kentucky Fried Movie on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

November Man is Slick, Convoluted

Total Recall
Total Recall

Pierce Brosnan's 10 Best Movies

Mindy Project
Mindy Project

Get caught up on the comedy

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

See pictures from this week's premieres

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile