Rabbit Test (1978)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 9, 1978 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Craig Butler

Although Rabbit Test has gained a certain cult reputation over the years, it's a "so-bad-it-must-be-seen" cult following. There really is no plot to Rabbit Test, only a premise, which is used as an excuse for screenwriter/director Joan Rivers to hang jokes upon. Many will find most of these jokes extremely offensive, but their real crime is not that they are in bad taste but they simply are not funny. The story drifts from one situation to another, never really gaining anything in momentum, and for someone who has made a living as a comedienne, Rivers's directorial timing is seriously lacking (as is any discernible visual sense). The cast is undeniably talented, but most are done in the material and the inexperienced direction. Billy Crystal comes off the worst, mainly because he is called upon to carry this mess of a picture. Only Alex Rocco is able to rise above the material to create a genuinely funny characterization, although Paul Lynde, Larry Gelman and (surprisingly) Rosey Grier do have their moments. Obnoxious and often irritating, Test fails on almost all levels.