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Disorderlies
(1987)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 8 Beans

t is way too easy to find a copy of this film. I say this because I have been able to find a used copy in virtually every video store I have recently visited. What's wrong with this? Well, first it says that Warner Brothers pressed an awful lot of copies, and second it says that not enough people realize the entertainment potential of any film starring The Fat Boys.

The plot of this film is useless. It involves Winslow Lowry (Anthony Geary, Luke from "General Hospital") as the evil nephew of aging millionaire Albert Dennison (Ralph Bellamy), and his plot to kill off his uncle to pay off gambling debts. His plot is to hire the worst orderlies in the world, who could be blamed for Albert's death due to their incompetence. Somehow, he finds out about Markie, Buffy, and Kool (The Fat Boys) who work at an old folks' home. They are fired for eating all the cake meant for the old people, and are promptly hired by Winslow.

From here on, the wackiness ensues. Basically, several scenes happen in an extremely disjointed fashion which makes the film feel like it was edited completely at random. The boys take Albert out on the town, they go rollerskating, later on they make a video of themselves performing "Baby You're a Rich Man," and eventually foil Winslow's scheme. I guess I should have put a "spoiler warning" at the beginning of this review. Oh well.

Half the fun of "Disorderlies" is the same kind of fun found in "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo": here is a film which a studio believed would be a good idea to release (let alone finance). And despite the references on the video case about The Fat Boys being "The Three Stooges for the 80s," they aren't. Half of their lines are unintelligible, and the other half aren't funny. But at least "Wipeout" and "I Heard A Rumour" (by Bananarama) are on the soundtrack. And it is more entertaining than "Almost Heroes," another film featuring a main character whose obesity is unhealthy (to say the least). So if you're looking for low production value, fat jokes, and cartoony "boing" sound effects, "Disorderlies" is your prescription for fun.

I hate myself for that sentence.






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