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->''"I'm not wearing any pants. [[FilmAtEleven Film at 11.]]"''

''The Kentucky Fried Movie'' is a 1977 SketchComedy film, based on Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker's earlier work at the Kentucky Fried Theater and directed by Creator/JohnLandis. The film is affectionately remembered for a number of parodies and groundbreaking comedic styles.

Like all ZAZ works, parody is highly valued, and the fourth wall is almost nonexistent.[[note]]Literally! The production was [[NoBudget so cheap]] that many of the sets were built outdoors without 4th walls or even ceilings so they could be lit naturally. [[/note]]



See also UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken.
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!!Tropes:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: The song used in the opening and closing credits is an actual recording from Jo Stafford and Paul Weston as Jonathan and Darlene Edwards, who did a lot of intentionally off-key comedy records in the 50s and 60s. It wasn't written for the movie
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** The sex advice record's list of BIG JIM SLADE'S accomplishments: ''BIG JIM, former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, is outfitted with various whips, chains, and a sexual appetite that will knock your socks off! BIG JIM has satisfied women throughout the world! And the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!''
** Klahn's nefarious activities: ''opium, weapons traffic, assassination, motion picture distribution.''
* BadassBookworm: The ultraorthodox Jew in ''Cleopatra Schwartz''.
* BilingualBonus: The song played when Big Jim Slade bursts into the room is "Hevenu Shalom Aleichem", a Hebrew song used in the welcoming of people. So the soundtrack is literally welcoming him into the film.
* BlandNameProduct: In various segments there are Willer (Miller) Beer, Barker (Parker) Brothers, "Feel-a-Round" (Sensurround), Nytex P.M. (Nyquil P.M.) and Nesson Oil (Wesson Oil).
* BlaxploitationParody: ''Cleopatra Schwartz''.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: There is an edited for TV version that shows up on Creator/ComedyCentral sometimes. Of course, all the nudity in the 11:00 News sketch is edited out with pan and scan tricks, and "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" is simply excised completely, even though credits for the sketch still show up at the end.
* TheCameo
** In ''That's Armageddon!'', "Creator/DonaldSutherland as the clumsy waiter!"
** Not to mention [[LeaveItToBeaver Wally Cleaver]], [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], [[Film/TheBluesBrothers The Head Illinois Nazi]], [[Series/{{Mash}} Pvt. Igor Straminsky]], and [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService That Dude Who Played Bond Once]].
** Songwriter Stephen Bishop is the bearded man who's [[WorldOfPun asked to]] 'show me you're nuts.' He would later contribute songs to Creator/JohnLandis' next film, National Lampoon's ''Film/AnimalHouse''. He gets a [[IncessantMusicMadness notable cameo]] in that film, as well.
* CarryingACake: Donald Sutherland's Clumsy Waiter does this schtick.
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: ''Catholic High School Girls in Trouble''
* CourtroomAntic
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: During the "High Adventure" segment the French adventurer and explorer Claude [=LeMond=] is interviewed on the title talk show. During the segment the interviewer's heart stops beating and [=LeMond=] restarts his heart by pounding on his chest a couple of times. The interviewer is revived and has no further problems.
* CuteClumsyGirl: "Carol" in the "Feel-Around" sketch.
* DepravedDwarf: Whips a bunch of topless girls while wearing a clown suit in the "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble" sketch.
* DisasterMovie Parodied in ''That's Armageddon!''
* DistractedByTheSexy: Two news anchors. See TheTelevisionTalksBack below.
* FanDisservice: Played for laughs during the "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble" sketch - but it does include a great deal of straight-up FanService too.
* FilmAtEleven / KentBrockmanNews
* FromBadToWorse: The "Zinc" filmstrip sketch starts out with soap disappearing and ends with a woman's child shot, her husband dead of a heart attack, her car nonfunctional, her house burning down, and the housewife short a limb or two.
* GameShowAppearance: Not once, but twice. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Dr. Klahn's guards]] get punished by playing ''Series/TheDatingGame'' in "A Fistful of Yen", and there's a quick version of ''Series/WhatsMyLine'' in the courtroom scene.
* HappyBirthdayToYou: The use of this song in the film cost the filmmakers $10,000.
* {{Homage}}
* {{Housewife}}: A parody of educational films features one tortured by an omnipotent narrator because she took zinc for granted.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: All about Big Jim Slade...
-->Big Jim, former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, is outfitted with various whips, chains, and a sexual appetite that will knock your socks off! Big Jim has satisfied women throughout the world, [[WeirdAside and the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln!]]
* MegaCorp: Argon Oil. "At Argon, we're working to keep your money."
* NoFourthWall
* NWordPrivileges: Spoofed aversion: Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker, plants himself in the middle of a group of African-American men playing dice in the street, shouts the word at the top of his lungs, and runs like hell.
* PantsFree: The quote at the top of this page is also at the top of this trope's page.
* PieInTheFace: Inverted in ''Catholic High School Girls in Trouble''; a woman's bare bottom is pied. So is a horse's rear flank immediately afterwards.
* RapidFireComedy
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: ''Catholic High School Girls in Trouble'', ''That's Armageddon!'' and ''Cleopatra Schwartz''. The DVD commentary reveals that the actress playing Cleopatra would take the job only if there was a contractual obligation that she would play the character in any full-length version of the material.
* RunningGag: Samuel L. Broncowitz produces every movie with a trailer featured in the film...and actually shows up in the trailer for "The Kentucky Fried Movie".
* SaltAndPepper: Cleopatra Schwartz is married to an ultraorthodox Jew.
* SassyBlackWoman: Cleopatra Schwartz.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The movie theater patron, on finding out the second half of the "Feel-Around" double feature is ''Deep Throat''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Many consider ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'', in part also directed by John Landis, and that reaches for the same style of irreverent humor, to be this.
* TakeThat: Makeup artist and occasional gorilla portrayer Rick Baker plays a grouchy, [[TheLoinsSleepTonight sexually impotent]] [[KillerGorilla gorilla]] named Dino named for Dino De Laurentiis, whose ''Film/KingKong1976'' remake the previous year featured Baker as Kong. It was not a happy experience for Baker...
* TheTelevisionTalksBack: A TV news anchorman on a live broadcast apparently sees, and is distracted by, a young couple making out in front of their living room TV. As the action becomes hotter and heavier, the anchorman is joined by his colleagues and the camera crew, who also watch the couple intently. By the time the couple is engaged in full-on intercourse, the crowd in the TV is cheering wildly at the spectacle.
* TheyFightCrime: Cleopatra Schwartz and her Hasidic Jew husband.
* WallBangHer: "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble"
* WorldOfPun
** As with many ZAZ films, much of the humour is pun-derived. The "[[{{Fanservice}} Catholic High School Girls]] [[FetishFuel In Trouble]]" segment has the following gems: a woman seductively asks a man to "show me your nuts," and in response the man makes silly faces and hand puppets, demonstrating his lack of mental stability. Two pornographic actresses are said to be [[AndStarring introduced]] in the film in the credits - and a third has them both greet and shake hands with each other [[NakedPeopleAreFunny while in the nude]]. "Linda Chambers" is to recreate her classic role - she does a pencil roll across the grass.
** The courtroom scene alone has almost too many puns to list.
--> "Allow me to check my briefs." *Opens waistband and looks at his underwear* "They're fine!"

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!!The extended skit "A Fistful of Yen" (at 31 minutes, by far the longest sketch in the film) also features the following tropes:

* AllJustADream
** [[AndYouWereThere And Jake was there, and Slim and Ben...]]
** OrWasItADream: As the doctor's flamethrower briefly comes into the frame.
** ItWasWithYouAllAlong: Dorothy's ruby slippers, which Pennington falsely claims were with Loo all along.
* AngryGuardDog: While sneaking around Dr. Klahn's headquarters Loo encounters a guard dog. After it barks at him he gives it a DopeSlap for not being convincing.
* AntiHero: Loo takes the job because he would get the chance to kill lots of people.
* AnythingButThat: The would-be CIA infiltrator is taken to [[AcceptableTargets Detroit]] as punishment. He pleads for anything else.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: PlayedForLaughs. The opening shot is of Manhattan with the subtitle reading "Hong Kong."
* AssholeVictim: The spy who is sentenced to exile in Detroit by Dr. Klahn. There is a line to be drawn when it comes to insulting even the most evil villains, and calling Klahn a "yellow bastard" was definitely crossing it. The spy had it coming.
* BilingualBonus: There's a section in the beginning where Loo is signalling to Ada, Klahn is speaking Korean. Bong Soo Han was asked to [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign ad-lib some Korean, whatever he liked.]] Essentially, it's Han's commentary about how he's in a really silly film.
* BluffTheEavesdropper: While in Dr. Klahn's headquarters, Loo is about to discuss escape plans with Ada Gronick when she shows him a listening device. They make polite conversation as she shows him the rest of the devices and spies.
-->'''Ada Gronick:''' [speaking quietly] The guards will have to be bribed. We'll need money.\\
'''Loo:''' We can raise the money, that's no problem. [Reaches up and pulls down an overhead microphone, speaks into it] [[AndThatWouldBeWrong But that would be wrong.]]
** Also doubles as a HistoricalInJoke as they're [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/articles/050174-2.htm quoting loosely from real-life recordings]] of Nixon's Watergate tapes.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:The prisoners are freed...by Big Jim Slade!]]
* BringIt: Butkus (Dr. Klahn's bodyguard) makes a beckoning gesture to Loo at the beginning of their fight.
* ColourCodedArmies: Once [[spoiler:the prisoners are freed]] and the big fight begins, the combatants are easily discerned as [[InvertedTrope the bad guys are in white]] [[GoodColorsEvilColors and the good guys are in black.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: A CIA infiltrator is sent to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}. He screams for mercy.
* DopeSlap: Loo gives one to one of his martial arts students. Later he does it to an AngryGuardDog.
* FateWorseThanDeath, PlaceWorseThanDeath, CoolAndUnusualPunishment: "Take him to...Detroit!"
-->'''NO! NO, NOT DETROIT! PLEASE! NO! ANYTHING BUT THAT! NO! NO!'''
* FiveFiveFive: Dr. Klahn's Atomic Detonator is behind a door that says "For Service Call Ada Gronik 555-0712" on it.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: While TheDragon Butkus is fighting Loo, he smashes two bottles together in order to use the broken ends against Loo.
* GroinAttack: During the big fight at the end Loo grabs a guard in a tender place and squeezes, causing the guard to have an anguished expression on his face.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy
** Things guards can't hear include barking dogs, a broken vase, a bookshelf of broken vases...needless to say, it's lampshaded.
** When facing their [[YouHaveFailedMe punishment]], they are forced to play a version of ''Series/TheDatingGame''.
* HappyFunBall: "A toy robot!" [[note]] The "toy robot" in question is a [[http://static.wixstatic.com/media/36139e_eac1d535b545cd17bfc4f93e426e0ee3.jpg_1024 'Rotate-O-Matic]] [[http://ive662.wix.com/vintagerobot#!my-collection-page-2 Super Robot']] with simulated machine gun sound effects from Japan. The toy was build in the early 1970's.[[/note]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A bowler hat throwing range is seen.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: Several of increasing flagrancy.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Dr. Klahn loses it when a spy calls him a "yellow bastard." It doesn't end well for the latter.
* NeckSnap: Butkus does this to the three guard contestants in various ways in the ''Series/TheDatingGame'' parody.
* PunnyName: Long Wang and Hung Well. Lampshaded [[RuleOfThree by naming a third "Enormous Genitals".]]
* {{Room 101}}: Dr. Klahn sentences a spy with the most evil punishment imaginable. "Take him to Detroit." "No! Not Detroit!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!'
* RunningGag
** "You have... our gratitude!"
** "I am/You are a man of extraordinary magnitude."
* ShoutOut
** Several members of Dr. Klahn's army are shown throwing hats at statues and knocking off pieces of them. This is a reference to Oddjob's use of his hat as a weapon in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
** Two references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
*** During the fight between Loo and Dr. Klahn Loo splashes a bucket of water onto Klahn and he melts, saying "I'm melting, I'm melting".
*** The final scene is based on the "Dorothy wakes up after returning from Oz" scene. Loo is lying in bed wearing a wig with other characters from the segment gathered around him.
* SwissArmyAppendage: Hair dryer, flamethrower, sword, dildo, electric toothbrush...
* ThatCameOutWrong: "Let's give a big hand to Dr. Klahn!"
* UnexplainedRecovery: When the prisoners are in their cells, they're all drunks and wastrels. The moment they are broken out, they become martial artists in excellent condition.
* VisualPun: "You're interested to see my operation". He lifts his shirt to show a surgical scar.
* WholePlotReference: To ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.
* YellowPeril: Played straight with Dr. Klahn.
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-->Carioca!