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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛[[caption-width-right:350:1994 was a weird year.]]˛A [[TheEighties 1980]] [[GenreBusting dystopian, sci-fi, biblical-allegory showbiz disco-rock opera]] about an [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil, all-powerful media mogul]] and his powerful Boogaloo International Music (BIM) MegaCorp, the [[TheIngenue young starlet]] fallen under his [[CorruptTheCutie corrupting influence]] and the [[AllAmericanFace all-Canadian baby-faced hero]] determined to get her back out of his evil clutches. ˛˛The film details the story of Alphie and Bibi, a pair of musicians in the far off future of [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1994]] who compete in an international music competition. Despite being the most talented group there, the Boogalow International Music Group (known as BIM) rig the contest to ensure their own band featuring Pandi and Dandi succeeds instead. In spite of their loss, Mr. Boogalow tries to sign the two of them to his label anyway, enticing Bibi into a life of sinful rock and roll that is also slowly corrupting all of humanity. Bibi's popularity allows BIM to eventually take over the entire planet as Alphie struggles to get her away from Mr. Boogalow's diabolical control.˛˛One of [[Creator/TheCannonGroup Cannon Films]]' first English-language efforts, in trying to [[FollowTheLeader capitalize on the success]] of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and ''Film/{{Grease}}'' its outlandish premise winds up having more in common with ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', ''Film/AllThatJazz'' and ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'', with a little ''{{Theatre/Godspell}}'' thrown in hastily at the last minute. In addition to having a very complicated and {{troubled production}}, it proved a major [[BoxOfficeBomb financial]] and critical flop, concurrent with [[DeaderThanDisco the sharp decline of Disco]].˛˛Despite some rather heart-pumping music and dance numbers, the prosaic lyrics, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs trippy aesthetic]] and off-the-wall script place it squarely in {{Camp}} territory. However, starting with its DVD release in 2004, it began to gather a small but dedicated cult following and started appearing on the midnight circuit, especially thanks to regular showings by the Alamo Drafthouse. It was also released in 2012 as a Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} video-on-demand download with their hilarious riffing commentary added.˛˛----˛!!This film contains examples of:˛˛* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Made in 1979-80, set in the future {{dystopia}} of 1994. Originally to be set in 19'''84''' for obvious reasons, but Golan decided that such a date was far too close by to feel futuristic enough and pushed it ahead by ten more years.˛* ArcSymbol: Triangles. BIM's symbol is a triangle, and they spam it everywhere. The A in the film's title screen is shaped like a triangle.˛* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The fate of [[spoiler:the hippies]] in the end. See TheEndingChangesEverything below.˛* BadassBoast: The last line of the film, when Boogalow insists that no world can exist without him:˛-->'''Mr. Topps''': Let's give it a try.˛* BigBad: Mr. Boogalow, the least subtle analog to Satan ever.˛* BigGood: [[spoiler:Mr. Topps]] who reveals himself in the closing moments of the film to be the obvious God counterpart.˛* {{Camp}}: It's hard to classify this film as anyone else given its outrageous fashion, insane dance numbers, and everyone in the film giving the most ridiculously over-the-top performances committed to celluloid.˛* CampGay: Even in a film that oozes camp, Shake is noticeably campier than everyone else as well as a DepravedBisexual. ˛* CanadaEh: Alphie and Bibi are said to be from Moose Jaw in Canada, which is repeatedly stated to be a backwater in the middle of nowhere.˛* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: The setup for the DarkReprise of "BIM ([[RefrainFromAssuming BIM's on the Way]])". "It is now one minute to four o'clock. Time to stop ordinary activities and prepare for the National BIM Hour. (...) The National Fitness Program is watching ''you''. Five, four, three, two, BIM."[[note]]'''[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Bill Corbett]]:''' (As Creator/JeffFoxworthy) If you ever notice crews installin' hundreds of loudspeakers to tell you what to do, you might live in a cliched dystopia.[[/note]]˛* CorruptTheCutie: BIM's efforts to control Bibi.˛* DepravedBisexual: Shakes and, implicitly, Mr. Boogalow as well.˛* DeusExMachina: A-near literal example with [[spoiler:Mr. Topps]], who is not only a seemingly all-powerful MessianicArchetype, but is never mentioned until [[spoiler:moments before he arrives to rescue the heroes]].˛* DrivenToSuicide: Alphie almost gives fully into this trope according to his landlord after his first attempt to convince Bibi to stop working for Boogalow fails. Of course whether he actually intended to do so or not is, like so many things in this film, unclear.˛* TheDragon: An almost literal example with Shakes to Mr. Boogalow, who even appears at several points in a flamboyant snake costume to hammer into your head what Biblical allegory he is.˛* TheEndingChangesEverything: In the climax, [[spoiler:Mr. Topps - never mentioned until minutes before his arrival - appears in a Rolls Royce and takes all hippies to heaven or a new planet (or both)]]. This means: 1.) [[spoiler:Up to this point, you could interpret this film as anti-commerce message when Bibi is corrupted by Boogalow's business but is not necessarily a stand-in for hippy culture. With this ending, it completely takes sides in favor of the hippies and portrays them and their love/peace-cause as unambiguously good.]] 2.) [[spoiler:All of Alphie's visions are to be taken literally (Boogalow is not metaphorically ''that'' devil but ''literally'', Bibi does not take the forbidden fruit metaphorically but literally etc.)]] 3.) [[spoiler:Alphie and Bibi are no longer the main characters but the hippies - not introduced until the third act and receiving next to no character development or being spotlighted on their culture - are and get an eschatological meaning.]] A sequence where [[spoiler:Mr. Topps creates the world and Boogalow falls from grace]] as a prologue was planned, but abandoned due to production troubles (according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, involving a tiger escaping from the set.)˛* EvilBrit: Bibi's bodyguards/captors are the thuggish, Cockney-esque type, right down to being played by British actors.˛* FireAndBrimstoneHell: An entire (imagined) musical number takes place there. Compared to the hippy commune of Paradise, it seems quite pleasant.˛* GodWasMyCopilot: Alternate versions have [[spoiler:the hippie patriarch transform into Mr. Topps, instead of the grand entrance from the golden flying car. Makes sense, considering that they were played by the same actor]].˛* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Pandi]] at the end of the film.˛* IntercourseWithYou: Pandi's "Coming for You" manages to make "Love to Love You Baby" seem subtle, even without the bed-based choreography.˛* JewishMother: Alphie's landlady.˛* LouisCypher: Mr. Boogalow again as a human identity of Satan.˛* LyricalShoehorn: "Meet an actual actual actual vampire!"˛* MarkOfTheBeast: The BIM mark, which is a holographic sticker of the company's logo that Mr. Boogalow mandates all people wear on their face, to the point that violators will be threatened with fines or arrest.˛* MeaningfulName:˛** Mr. Topps turns out to be [[spoiler:God, at the top of it all]].˛** Alphie is [[spoiler:Adam, the first man. In other words, the alpha]].˛** Bibi is [[spoiler:Eve, the second human. The Beta, or B]].˛* MegaCorp: BIM. Eventually they become so powerful, the government requires everyone to wear their logo (referred to as "the BIM Mark") and stop all activity to listen and dance to their music for an hour each day.˛* MindScrew: The entire film is a bizarre trip where dance numbers and fantasies come out of nowhere and it's very difficult to tell what is meant to be part of the narrative and what isn't.˛* NewAgeRetroHippie: The only people who try to live free of BIM. Most of them are old enough that they may very well be first wave hippies.˛* NonSpecificallyForeign: Mr. Boogalow seems to have no nationality. He speaks numerous languages fluently, but has a foreign accent when he speaks English. He tends to drop French into his speech, such as "voila!" The actor was Polish.˛* {{Omniglot}}: Boogalow gives interviews in English, German, French and Italian. The actor is actually Polish.˛* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Scottish George Gilmour ''cannot'' maintain a Canadian accent as Alphie. This is especially noticeable given that co-star Catherine Mary Stewart is an ''actual'' Canadian.˛* ProductPlacement: A box of Cheerios is visible, as well a factory distributing Coca-Cola.˛* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Bizarrely {{inverted|Trope}}. At one of the party scenes Pandi orders two (presumably drugged) drinks for her and Alphie, but he drinks down both of them while she smiles sheepishly. Later she has sex with him while he's under the influence. The next day, she, the rapist, is the one who is redeemed, and finally decides to help Bibi escape. [[spoiler: Thus at the end of the film, Mr. Topps allows her to join the hippies in the Rapture.]]˛* SeriousBusiness: The BIM Hour, where everyone, regardless of whatever they're doing, breaks into choreographed dance numbers by force of law. Even in the middle of surgery.˛* SissyVillain: A huge portion of Shake / Boogalow's inner circle fits one overblown CampGay stereotype or another. ˛* SlippingAMickey: Dandi drugs Bibi early in the film, and later Pandi does the same in order to sleep with Alphie.˛* TriumphantReprise: It's not easy to make out, but [[spoiler: the hippies are singing a choral version of "Universal Melody" as they march off to be raptured]].˛* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Alphie's landlady simply disappears from the film during the third act.˛* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's unclear where the action is supposed to be taking place through most of the film. Everyone speaks English except a few international reporters, but there are a wide range of accents in the cast, including some that [[OohMeAccentsSlipping aren't supposed to be there]]. We know that they're not in Canada because Alphie and Bibi are from there, and it's not clear whether they're actually in America, because when BIM announces that Bibi will tour America, and she reacts like she's not already in the country. The movie was mostly filmed in Germany.˛* WorldOfHam: Clearly, subtlety was dead by 1994.˛* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Alphie's Jewish landlord calls him ''meshuggah'' (crazy). ˛----


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