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National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2004)



Critic Consensus: It aspires to Farrelly-level offensiveness, but the PG-13 rating and a dearth of decent gags renders Gold Diggers tame, toothless, and dull.

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American independent filmmaker Gary Preisler makes his film debut as a writer/director with the black comedy National Lampoon's Gold Diggers. Twentysomethings Calvin Menhoffer (Will Friedle) and Leonard Smallwood (Chris Owen) get arrested for the robbery of two sixtysomething women, Doris (Louise Lasser) and Betty (Renee Taylor). The ladies decide to drop the charges and invite the crooks to their space-age mod Beverly Hills mansion. Cal and Lenny come up with a plan to marry the women for their money in hopes that they die within the year. It turns out that Doris and Betty are actually broke and they're planning to marry the boys, kill them, and cash in on their insurance money. After several unsuccessful murder attempts, all four characters end up robbing Doris and Betty's rich uncle. Originally titled Lady Killers but changed to avoid confusion with the Coen brothers' remake of the classic 1955 film, Gold Diggers was shown at the 2003 CineVegas Film Festival.

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Will Friedle
as Calvin Menhoffer
Chris Owen
as Leonard Smallwood
Louise Lasser
as Doris Mundt
Renée Taylor
as Betty Mundt
Rudy De Luca
as Uncle Walt
John Paul Lubran
as Young Leonard Smallwood
Jack Ong
as Mr. Woo
Rena Riffel
as Fantasy Girl
Carmen Twillie
as Gospel Singer
Gabriel Bologna
as Jail Guard
Mary Albee
as Woman on Street
Akira Lane
as Fantasy Girl
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Critic Reviews for National Lampoon's Gold Diggers

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16)

By turns pointless and pointlessly mean-spirited.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Top Critic

The single punch line that sparks genuine laughter comes three minutes into the film; after that, these marriages are made in comedy hell.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Nothing's quite so painful as failed comedy, and this atrocity is equivalent to a compound fracture.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is the spectacularly inept directing debut of writer-producer Gary Priesler, who is said to have 12 other movies in development. God help us.

September 20, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

So stupefyingly hideous that after watching it, you'll need to bathe in 10 gallons of disinfectant, get a full-body scrub and shampoo with vinegar to remove the scummy residue that remains.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Don't waste your money. Please. Spare our culture some last semblance of dignity by ignoring National Lampoon's Gold Diggers altogether.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers was like watching 1 of those way over the top wacky 80's comedys.I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually enjoyed it

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

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When I heard this movie received a number of negative reviews, I knew I had to see it for myself. Just a couple weeks ago I watched it and immediately voted it, personally, my LEAST favorite movie of all time. One reason why I was upset about how bad this movie was is that National Lampoon is the maker of "Animal House", which is the MASTERPIECE of comedies! A few reasons why I hated it are because it wasn't funny in the least bit; the gross-out scenes, I thought, were a little bit TOO gross; I thought it was too short for a full-length film; finally, I don't know why, but I felt really depressed watching it. And it's a COMEDY! Comedies should make you laugh and make you feel good, but this movie was just a sad, sad attempt at a comedy film. The worst part of it is the title of the film has the two words "National Lampoon", the words that can be found in films such as "Animal House" and "Vacation". It's a disgrace.

Terry McCollum
Terry McCollum

As much as I love Lawrence of Arabia & Chariots of Fire & Annie Hall the much and unfairly maligned genre of the raunchy comedy needs tb addressed. A perfect example of it is this flick - while a great many people have heaped nothing but abuse on it I thought it was one of the biggest surprises enjoyment-wise that I've seen in a long time. Parts of it are downright hysterical and the comedic rapport between the four leads is great. Chris Owens & Louise Lasser take what could have been a number of throwaway lines and make them absolutely hysterical. And I'm sorry but that pool scene with Renee Taylor had me laughing so hard I was crying - not to mention her crack about Aristotle (another laugh out loud gem). Will Friedle has enormous goofy charm and a way w/facial expressions that's spot on. I love Fellini and Fincher just as much as the next guy but this flick is incredibly entertaining - just give it a chance & you'll be extremely surprised!!

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