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Can't Stop the Music (1980)

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This musical chronicle purports to relate the legend of the formation of the disco group The Village People. Samantha Simpson attempts to get her roommate Jack's song-writing career off the ground by assembling a motley group of her Greenwich Village friends together to cut a demo tape of Jack's ditties.

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Cast

Valerie Perrine
as Samantha Simpson
Caitlyn Jenner
as Ron White
Steve Guttenberg
as Jack Morell
Tammy Grimes
as Sydney Channing
Ray Simpson
as Policeman
Glenn R. Hughes
as Leatherman
David Hodo
as Construction Worker
Glenn Hughes
as Leatherman
Paul Sand
as Steve Waits
June Havoc
as Helen Morell
Barbara Rush
as Norma White
Altovise Davis
as Alicia Edwards
Marilyn Sokol
as Lulu Brecht
Russell Nype
as Richard Montgomery
Jack Weston
as Benny Murray
Leigh Taylor-Young
as Claudia Walters
Dick Patterson
as Record Store Manager
Bobo Lewis
as Bread Woman
Paula Trueman
as Stickup Lady
Portia Nelson
as Law Office Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Can't Stop the Music

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The Village People, along with ex-Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, have a long way to go in the acting stakes.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

A wretchedly sub-standard score from Jacques Morali and production numbers of exceptional tackiness round things off.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The unevenness of the acting comes as a kind of blessing, though, since the rest of the movie is so thoroughly homogenized.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Please DO stop the music! A '70s disco holdover.

February 19, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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.

Full Review… | December 8, 2007
TV Guide

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!

July 18, 2006
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Can't Stop the Music

½

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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Almost 20 minutes left in the "film" and the player crashes....good. I guess I found my walk-out movie. This "film" holds underdevelopment, underused characters, poor directing, terrible writing, atrocious acting, bad editing, exaggerated cheesiness, cliches and still more problems. I suppose some of the characters are likeable, but only because there is hardly anything to hate about them, where as the unlikeable characters have little to make them likeable. The characters are paint-by-numbers cheesy cliches that I would liken to drones. As for the music, the soundtrack is pretty dang good, but the musical numbers are painfully forced in and seem to (what am I saying "seem to" for?) go on forever. (I think I blew a fuse when Sam said "One more time." at the end of the "Milk Shake" song) In the end, it was a waste of my time and I thank whatever caused that player to crash. I end by at least saying this: Congradulation on the first Worst Picture Razzie ever, it was well-deserved.

Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson

Super Reviewer

½

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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