Film / Amazon Women on the Moon

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Spiritual Successor to The Kentucky Fried Movie, directed in 1987 by John Landis, Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, and Robert K Weiss.

Basically a bigger budget version of KFM. This time, the sketches are centered around a cheesy 1950s sci-fi movie called, of course, Amazon Women on the Moon, which appears to largely be inspired by Queen of Outer Space. However, the local TV station screening the film keeps suffering technical faults, forcing the unseen viewer to channel surf; occasionally, more glimpses of the film are seen, before another snafu occurs forcing the viewer to move on.


Tropes:

  • As Himself: A bunch of comedians (such as Henny Youngman) playing themselves at the funeral roast.
    • Plus B.B. King as the spokesman for Blacks without Soul.
  • B-Movie: Intentionally invoked with the titular segment.
  • Brick Joke: Don "No Soul" Simmons singing "Blame It On the Bossa Nova" during the end credits.
  • The Cameo: Forrest J. Ackerman as the President of the (forty-eight!) United States.
    • Cult director Russ Meyer as the clerk in "Video Date".
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Video Pirates, as shown as seafaring buccaneers raiding an MCA Home Video ship for all its videos and laser discs. They sit down to watch a movie and see the standard anti-piracy FBI warning, and the head pirate sneers, "Oh, I'm so scared!"
  • Disaster Dominoes: Arsenio Hall's unfortunate character in the opening segment.
  • Excuse Plot: The plot is very thin, and the only other recurring element is Murray and his journey through the TV shows.
  • Fanservice: Three separate segments feature female nudity, and the titular Amazon Women are easy on the eyes, as well.
  • For Science!: The attitude of the clinic director in the "Reefer Madness" parody.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: in both the "Murray Gets Trapped In TV Land" and the "Video Date" segments. "Critics Corner" plays with this trope, as well.
  • The Fun in Funeral / Last Disrespects: Harvey Pitnik's funeral is a roast hosted by Steve Allen.
  • The Ghost: The viewer who flips the channels through the film.
  • Human Aliens: The Amazon women.
  • Invisible Streaker: Spoofed on the "Son of the Invisible Man" sketch, where the title character only thinks he's invisible.
  • Jack the Ripper: The truth is finally revealed: it was The Loch Ness Monster!
  • Kirk's Rock: In the final sketch, the distinctive rock formation is plainly visible in the distance during a chase scene.
  • Lady Land: The eponymous Amazons.
  • Large Ham: All over the place, but especially the cast of the bad B-Movie and the pirate captain played by William Marshall.
  • Lunarians: The Amazons.
  • Mood Whiplash: The "video date" segment goes from watching a hot woman (played by Corrine Wahl) strip for the video camera to her jealous boyfriend (Andrew Dice Clay!) showing up with a gun and performing a horrifying murder-suicide.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of the golden tapes the Video Pirates plunder is marked Cleopatra Schwartz. Another is marked See You Next Wednesday, which kept popping up in Landis' films. You can also see a VHS copy of Animal House at one point.
    • One to Universal's B-Movies: The titular movie opens with the 50s Universal-International globe, and the music heard is from This Island Earth.
    • The producer of Amazon Women on the Moon is Samuel L. Bronkowitz, who had been previously referenced in The Kentucky Fried Movie as a producer of fictional movies in that film.
    • After the credits, just like in Animal House, it encourages the viewers to visit Universal Studios and "Ask for Babs".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Two wildly different interpretations of this trope are presented in "Pethouse Video" and "Son of the Invisible Man"
  • Oblivious Janitor Cut: A street sweeper barely notices a body hitting the sidewalk behind him in a shower of broken glass.
  • Production Foreshadowing: Another one of the golden tapes is marked Police Squad: The Movie.
  • Self-Demonstrating Article: Towards the start, we see a commercial from an older man on how today's youth have short attention spans. He tells the viewer how teenagers have been "weaned on television" and how they can't concentrate on something for more than a few moments... before the viewer switches channels, implying he's a teenager.
  • Show Within a Show: A number of them, most notably the title feature they keep trying to show.
  • Slapstick: Arsenio Hall's sketch in which he's repeatedly harmed by objects in his apartment. It's exaggerated to such a degree that it's almost a parody of the genre.
  • Soul Brotha: Parodied with the singer Don "No Soul" Simmons.
  • The Stinger: A parody of Reefer Madness warning about "Social Diseases", with Carrie Fisher.
  • Trapped in TV Land: Murray gets sucked into the TV and wanders in and out of scenes trying to find his way out.
  • Trojan Gauntlet / Umpteenth Customer: A boy who goes to a drug store to buy condoms (discreetly) for his date not only wins a prize...but becomes their spokesman, much to his horror.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Monique Gabrielle walks around completely naked everywhere, in public, museums and even church. Nobody bats an eye.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Something the human male astronauts are eager to teach to the Amazon women
  • The Whitest Black Guy: A PSA for "Blacks Without Soul," who sing dorky songs like "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" and are David Hartman fans (he was the original anchor on Good Morning America) and Republicans.
  • Artistic License - Physics: Done deliberately as part of the parody of 50's sci-fi.


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