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That's Adequate (1989)

R | | Comedy | January 1990 (USA)
Fake documentary about a fictional Hollywood film studio.

Director:

Harry Hurwitz

Writer:

Harry Hurwitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... Host
James Coco ... Max Roebling
Jerry Stiller ... Sid Lane
Anne Meara ... Charlene Lane
Ina Balin ... Sister Mary Enquirer
Anne Bloom ... Maid Marian
Irwin Corey ... D.W. Godilla
Susan Dey ... Southern Belle
Robert Downey Jr. ... Albert Einstein
Richard Lewis ... Pimples Lapedes
Chuck McCann ... Lowell Westbrook
Stuart Pankin ... Sigmund Freud
Peter Riegert ... Adult Baby Elroy
Robert Staats ... Premiere MC
Brother Theodore ... Doctor Dismal
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Storyline

Satirical mockumentary that celebrates the history of Adequate Pictures, a fictitious prolific low-budget Hollywood movie studio that delivered some of the most adequate films out there during its 60 years long run. The host, Tony Randall, and TV personality, Joe Franklin, interview several key people behind the studio including the owner, Max Roebling, who's more than willing to give the dirt on everyone he worked with. The clips from his movies, such as "Einstein on the Bounty," "Little Elroy Meets Baby Frankenstein," and "Slut of the South" are also shown. The movie features various celebrity cameos ranging from Robert Downey Jr. and Bruce Willis to Robert Vaughan, who played Hitler in one of Max's movies.

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Taglines:

No money! No class! No shame!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I o to chodzi See more »

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Production Co:

That's Adequate Co. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The final role for Ina Balin. She passed away in 1990. See more »

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Features Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941) See more »

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The title's funny -- the movie ain't
30 August 2003 | by ajm-8See all my reviews

Spoofing the "That's Entertainment" genre of films seemed like a good idea on paper, but this movie doesn't deliver on any level. A seriously unhealthy James Coco (he died just after filming, but before the movie was released) plays the head of a Z-level movie studio who rips off other hit movies. His motto is: "An idea that's appealing is an idea worth stealing." Doubled over with laughter yet?

The first half of the film has scenes from Coco's movies, basically public-domain stock footage with profanity dubbed in, and testimonials from puzzled stars including Richard Lewis, Joe Franklin and Peter Riegert. I was surprised to see that Tony Randall played the narrator; given his reputation in showbiz as Mr. Good Taste, I wonder how he explained the scene involving the dancing penis to his small children.

The second half shifts gears, as we see Coco's affair with Anne Meara (she appears with Jerry Stiller and, in an early screen credit, son Ben). There's an allusion to a "We Are the World"-type benefit to save Coco's studio, but we never see it.

"That's Adequate!" feels like a movie produced for a private occasion like a Hollywood executive's roast or stag party, with the pointless cameos and aren't-WE-naughty gags. There's really no need for anybody not related to the director to see this.


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