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The 100




Stud, The
(1978)
Reviewed by Jenny LeComte
Rating: 2 Beans

e's the stuuuuud...what's his name, what's his GAME?

So begins one of the silliest disco songs of all time and the theme track of this Bad Movie Night classic. If you want a good laugh, go down to your local video store and ask for this movie. You may need to don a disguise first and swallow what's left of your self esteem. But believe me, it's worth it.

With bad acting, a bad soundtrack and a bad storyline, "The Stud'' is so bad, it's good.

Oliver Tobias stars as Tony Blake, a nightclub toyboy who can't keep it in his trousers. Women are his weakness and, because it's only 1978, Tony doesn't have the grim spectre of AIDS hanging over him. He's free to bed every dolly bird who shakes her silver stilettos in his direction.

Tony eventually hooks up with Fontaine Khaled, a nymphomaniac billionaire's wife who just happens to own the disco where he works. Fontaine may look familiar to many viewers because she is none other than "Dynasty'' superbitch Joan Collins.

Before she donned those football player shoulder pads and applied enough hair gel to sustain a tropical cyclone, Joan decided to help out her older sister, Jackie. Jackie had just sold the film rights for one of her early schlockbusters and needed somebody to play Fontaine. Had the role been advertised, the ad would have said: "Wanted - somebody to have it off in an elevator, swing naked in an apartment building in Paris and utter extremely corny lines.'' Bad career move, Joan. Bad career move.

Tony soon tires of Fontaine (and who wouldn't), setting his sights firmly on her nubile step-daughter Alexandra (Emma Jacobs). Because Alexandra is so sweet and innocent - and appears to be the only virgin left in swinging London - Tony falls madly in love.

Alexandra strings Tony along and, on the urging of her best friend Maddy (Natalie Ogle), allows Tony to take her virginity. Tony is convinced it's love's young dream. Alexandra, on the other hand, tackles the task with about as much enthusiasm as you would a high school science project. After sleeping with Tony only once, Alexandra unceremoniously dumps him. Fontaine then finds out about the affair and sacks Tony from the disco.

This cosmic joke is supposed to be the point of the whole movie. Promiscuous stud who spends his entire life using women and, in the end, the women use him.

Frankly, I was more impressed by the 70s clothes and the rockin' soundtrack which includes such forgettable hits as "Let's Go Disco", "Car Wash", "That's The Way (I Like It)'', "The Groove Line'' and David Soul's "Silver Lady" (without a doubt, the worst song ever written).

If you hire "The Stud'' not expecting much, you won't be disappointed. In fact, after a few (make that quite a few) glasses of wine, it's a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.






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