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Ishtar is a truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy.
It's a film that resists categorization, staking a claim on a weird, absurdist territory of its own. For that, in the maddeningly generic landscape of '80s multiplexes, it was crucified. Now it's celebrated. And rightfully so.
This big, overblown comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty is thoroughly likable despite all the hype.
..an undeniably messy movie that you nonetheless want to treasure just for its oddball existence.
Maybe [it's] actually okay; maybe parts of it [are] even great.
The performances are endearing enough, the pacing is actually quite crisp and there is no shortage of zany silliness in the story. It just never gels.
The 1980s saw the release of so many truly atrocious films (Xanadu, Stroker Ace, Bolero, Shanghai Surprise, etc.) that it's absurd "Ishtar" became shorthand for the worst of the worst and continues to be blasted by folks who haven't even seen it.
Besides droll supporting work from an excellent Charles Grodin, Ishtar also gets a lot of mileage out of its terrible and terribly funny songs.
If Ishtar has a personal stamp, it's not in what it has to say about Reagan-era militarism, but in what it has to say about collaboration, and how well-meaning people can goose each other to greatness-and folly.
Ishtar is a failure on practically every level from its misguided narrative to its lack of humor to the absence of anything remotely entertaining.
A victim of its own hyped publicity and too harsh criticism, Ishtar is not the worst movie ever made or even a bomb, just a dim-witted silly comedy-thriller (with some good jokes) based on the casting against type of Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman.
The intentionally bad songs and the early scenes in New York City are amusing, but the movie totally falls apart once Beatty and Hoffman arrive in the fictional country of Ishtar.
Funny... I would watch it again.
Not as bad as it's reputation; It's just NOT funny.
Recognized as one of the worst movies of all time. And it is!! But hilarious (in a head-scratching way) because of how bad it is.
It's nowhere NEAR as bad as they say -- how could it be?
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