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Petey Wheatstraw
(1978)
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 7 Beans

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apoligize if this review is an incoherent mess. I don't even know where to begin or what to write about. "Petey Wheatstraw, The Devil's Son-In-Law" is just f***ed up. Spoilers will abound, so read no further if you want to be surprised.

Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolemite) stars as Petey Wheatstraw, a very unusual guy who was born in a very strange way. (His extremely pregnant mother gave birth to twins -- a watermelon followed immediately by an 8-year-old diaper-wearin' jive-talkin' Petey, whose first task in life was to beat the crap out of the doctor.)

Petey eventually becomes a successful comedian (with a martial arts background). He is so successful, in fact, that his tour threatens the opening of a new comedy club by the "hilarious" comedy duo of "Leroy and Skillet" (Leroy Daniels and Ernest Mayhand). When the duo are unable to talk Petey into cancelling his show, they send their thugs to beat up on Petey's friends to convince him not to perform. But, things get out of hand in a really bad way.

The violence escalates, resulting in Petey's death. Fortunately, Lucifer just happens to be walking by at the time of the attack, and offers Petey a deal. Petey can come back to life and use all the same powers that Lucifer has to get revenge, but in return he must marry Lucifer's butt-ugly daughter (played by Ebony Wright, who also plays Petey's Earthly girlfriend Nell). Petey accepts Lucifer's offer and sets out to get his revenge, while at the same time cooking up a scheme to outsmart the devil and avoid the fate of marriage. Will he succeed?

This movie contains everything one expects from a Rudy Ray Moore film -- bits of his stand-up act, classic Rudy Ray Moore fight scenes, bad lighting and sound, technical/production errors, and an appearance by the beloved Lady Reed. However, this movie also contains more watermelons than most movies would ever dare and also shows us a nice brown soiled pair of trousers after one of the Leroy-and-Skillet thugs craps his pants in fear.

This makes four Rudy Ray Moore films that I have seen now, and though "The Human Tornado" remains my favorite, "Petey Wheatstraw, The Devil's Son-in-Law" is now a close second.






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