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The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

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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 shock-jock (Gilbert Gottfried), and the kidnapping of the jock's daughter (Maddie Corman). Music stars like Sheila E. and Motley Crue singer Vince Neil also have cameos in the film, which attempts to transplant Clay's aggressively obnoxious stage persona into a movie environment.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox

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Cast

Andrew Dice Clay
as Ford Fairlane
Wayne Newton
as Julian
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
Mark Goldstein
as Club Guy
LaLa
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
Kari Wuhrer
as Melodi
Deila Sheppard
as Pussycat
Kimber Sissons
as Pussycat
Sheila E.
as Club Singer
Monique Mannen
as Pussycat
Pamela Adlon
as Pussycat
Hili Park
as Twin Club Girl
Gry Park
as Twin Club Girl
Kurt Loder
as MTV VJ
Cindy Lehre
as Lydia
Phil Soussan
as Black Plague Band Member
Carlos Cavazo
as Black Plague Band Member
Randy Castillo
as Black Plague Band Member
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
Paul Christopher
as Club Band
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
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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
Variety
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.

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

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
Blu-ray.com

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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

½

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 Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

½

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.

RJ MacReady
RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

Indefensible trash. I love it!

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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