Cinema: Lightly Browned

THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE

Directed by John Landis

Screenplay by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker

The Kentucky Fried Movie is a sort of National Lampoon that talks and moves. It offers a compilation of very broad show-business parodies aimed at sophomoric sensibilities (and those permanently arrested in those realms). The picture is indelicate, obvious, often less funny than it thinks it is, but lively and sufficiently on-target to reward casual attention.

Most of the film satirizes television commercials and movie trailers. Since such bits and pieces cannot, in the nature of things, exceed the length of the material being sent up,...

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