Koutchboom’s Adventures In Terrible Comedy BLAST FROM THE PAST EDITION – Clifford
In my never ending journey to travel into the inner bowels of the comedic beast of Hollywoodland, one must reflect on what got us to where we are today. Has comedy really fallen so far? Or has it always been this way? Ladies and Gentlebrits, I bring you a blast from the past with ‘Clifford’.
This movie was just fucking stupid, there is no other way to put it. The plot is that Martin Short thought it would be a good idea to play a 10 year old boy who is 50% the most obnoxious kid in the world 50% pure evil. His parents (Richard Kind and umm someone else not as famous) fucking hate him. They are trying to go to Hawaii when Clifford gets the plane landed in LA so he can go to the dinosaur park. While at the airport, Kind calls his brother who he never talks to (Charles Grodin) and pawns his son off on him. The rest of the movie is the cat and mouse between Clifford and Grodin in Clifford trying to ruin Grodin’s life while getting to the Dinosaur park.
Everyone is acting so intense and pissed off in the film that it feels turned up to 11. Seems like they are all pissed that Martin Short coerced them all into being in this thing. I’ve never seen Mary Steenburgen so flustered. It’s like the evil red headed step child of Pee Wee Herman and Problem Child, without any of the heart and twice as mean. That’s pretty mean seeing that John Ritter tried to smother the problem child to death with a pillow.
Back in the early 90′s there were a ton of oddball comedies coming out. Stuff like this, Pee Wee, Mom and Dad Save the Universe, Stay Tuned. I think they were all trying to capitalize on the success of the big budgeted Ghost Busters comedy style. The big difference between these movies then and now is that these movies at least have a sense of zany fun. Now a days the zaniness is forced and doesn’t work. This movie unfortunately does not have enough of that oddball zaniness as those other films. It’s just not wacky enough to be fun, and comes off more annoying then anything.
This movie is ALMOST a so bad it’s good movie, just for pissed off Charles Grodin. But then again Charles Grodin isn’t normally a friendly character in much. Due to lack of actual laughs and more straight bewilderment of why this was ever made and how such a stupid plot came to fruition I can’t honestly recommend seeking this film out. It’s not the worst thing ever made, it’s just fucking stupid even the out of nowhere rollercoaster ride of death sequence cant put the film into the so bizarre you have to see it territory. If you think about it from what you have read about it, it’s just a little less nuttier than that.