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Slapstick of Another Kind (1984)

| March 23, 1984

You know those silent movies that you’ve heard about that have aged and deteriorated because they weren’t place in proper storage?  The same fate should meet Slapstick of Another Kind, a movie that was so unpleasant to sit through that, I’ll confess, I didn’t finish watching it.

I dropped out during a scene in which a deformed child played by Jerry Lewis was being put through experiments and was rescued by his twin sister, played by Madeline Kahn who broke up the proceedings by making one of the most unpleasant noises that I have ever heard.  This scene has to be seen to be believed, though I don’t recommend it.

Up to that point, I had the same sensation that I had in grade school when the kid behind me kept jabbing me in the back of the head with his pencil.  This time, I didn’t have a teacher to make him stop, I had only my feet.

Lewis and Kahn indeed play deformed twins, Wilbur and Eliza who are stupid when separated but become intelligent when brought together.  Their parents – also played by Lewis and Kahn – are visited by a Chinese ambassador (Pat Morita) who informs them that their combined intelligence could be a benefit to mankind.  Naturally, they are separated because someone on the fearful theory that they may become incestuous.

Really, I had things to do.  I have been planning a vacation and I had a list of things that needed to get done before I could get it underway.  I learn now that this movie is based on a book by Kurt Vonnegut which I have never heard of and based on what I saw of this movie, I have no interest to explore.

You know what?  Instead of this movie, this weekend try this; It’s a recipe for Jambalaya that’s pretty good:

2 tablespoons of butter
1 andouille sausage – sliced into chunks
1 smoked sausage – sliced into chunks
2 tablespoons of ground paprika
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 teapoons of cayenne pepper
½ cup of diced tomatoes
1 stalk of celery – diced
2 green onions sliced thin
black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup of uncooked white rice
3 cups of chicken stock

Step 1
Put butter and sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes until sausage begins to brown.  Veggies will appear translucent.

Step 2
Add cumin, paprika, and cayenne, stir in well and cook for two minutes.

Step 3
Add tomatoes, celery, green onions, salt, pepper, and bay leaf and let cook for another two minutes

Step 4
Stir in white rice.  Pour in chicken stock and turn heat to low. Cover and cook for until rice is done.  Takes about 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in shrimp.  Put the lid on the pot and cook for 5 minutes.
Season with salt and black pepper.

About the Author:

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.
(1984) View IMDB Filed in: Comedy