Screwball Academy (1986)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Canadian filmmaker John Blanchard is best known for his work with the wonderful SCTV Network series, but his talent seemed to have deserted him for this painfully unamusing sex comedy directed under the pseudonym "Reuben Rose." Or maybe it didn't, because this looks exactly like one would expect an SCTV parody of a bad softcore comedy to look. Damian Lee, who later directed movies like Ski School and Food of the Gods II, stars as Bishop Wally, the evil leader of a religious cult who plans to escape the IRS by moving to a tropical island. Unfortunately, a group of half-naked women are making a movie on the same island, directed by Liberty Jean (minor cult figure Colleen Camp). Bishop Wally tries to scare off the filmmakers by sending dune buggies and bikers to drive them away, bringing up some not entirely amusing Mansonian parallels. There are also nude scenes and a strange central romance between a girl named Robin (Wendy Burhell) and a Quaker boy (Peter Spence). Kenneth Welsh shows up as a Quaker elder, and there are numerous jokes at the expense of Czechoslovakians for no apparent reason. It may sound like a madcap, zany romp, but it really isn't very funny and Hollywood Boulevard did a far more entertaining job with much the same material a few years earlier.



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