In this pseudo audio biography of the Village People, Jack Morell (a thinly disguised caricature of the group’s founder, Jacques Morali) is a struggling composer desperate to gain fame with his songs, but all he needs is a group to sing them. With the help of his roommate Samantha and a lawyer named Ron, Jack forms a group of six “macho men” from his Greenwich Village neighborhood, and the rest of the film details their rise to fame from New York City to a climatic concert in San Francisco.
Glorious trainwreck of a film
If only for the Construction Worker’s song “I love you to death” in which girls ride atop giant pistons and sprinkle glitter all over his jeans. Or maybe the Leatherman’s rousing version of “Danny Boy” atop a table in a Board Room. Or, maybe the gigantic musical Busby Berkley dance numbers with added “onion skin” rainbow graphics of naked men jumping into swimming pools. Or, maybe the world’s most bizarre milk commercial starring the Village People singing about how a milkshake goes with your sandwich too.
Be warned though, the songs are kind of decent. Maybe even better than decent. And there’s a great performance by the otherwise mediocre Ritchie Family. Seriously, i love this movie. Everyone i have shown it to has remembered it, and maybe hates me for it. But its definitely an original.
Bad writing, acting, and man, you wanna talk about god awful editing! But when I first saw it on late night TV I could not believe my eyes. Its so bad its good. The whole thing is so happy, so carefree, and so 70’s. Even though Steve Guttenberg’s character tries to say the Village People are “THE sound of 80’s”. Yeah, right. This is pure 70’s. Back before all the nonsense we have to deal with these days with drugs and sex. The 70’s and this movie were all about sex, drugs and rock and roll. And watch at the beginning in the record store scene where all the customers are standing in line to buy Electric Light Orchestra’s disco classic album “Discovery”. Long live the Village People!