Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

There are very few movies quite as baffling, incomprehensible and ill-advised as this Village People movie. Reminiscent of other campy anti-masterpieces like “Mommie Dearest” and “Xanadu,” the movie opens with relentlessly forced charm and never lets up, all the way to the end of its interminable two-hour running time. Director Nancy Walker, most famous for a series of commercials in the 1970s, seems uniquely unqualified to be directing a diverse musical, while performances by Valerie Perrine, Steve Guttenberg and (of all people) Bruce Jenner are mostly just distracting and perplexing. In addition, the music is actually pretty forgettable despite a recycled “YMCA,” while the Construction Worker’s solo number “I Love You to Death” is a jaw-dropping camp nightmare that makes Michelle Pfeiffer’s “Cool Rider” number from “Grease 2” seem subtle and understated by comparison. Grab some smart-mouth friends and some beverages, and you’re likely to dig this so-bad-it’s-good turkey.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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