Cult Movie of the Week: The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Every two weeks I’m going to be posting a cult movie of the week.  This could be a truly cult film, a forgotten film or a foreign film that I’d like to share.

The first cult movie of the week honors goes to The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, starring Andrew Dice Clay.  I almost went with Brain Smasher… A Love Story, but Ford Fairlane is so far out of the mainstream it deserved the initial nod.

Story revolves around Ford “Mr. Rock n’ Roll Detective” Fairlane.  He is experiencing problems, and it’s not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food processors and bicycle shorts. Things really get hectic when he is hired to find a girl named Zuzu Petals, who turns up dead.

You don’t have to be a fan of Andrew Dice Clay’s schtick to enjoy this film.  It’s like a zonked out Phillip Marlow detective story on benzedrine, complete with great one-liners, hot chicks (Lauren Holly and Priscilla Presley) and some decent action (directed by Renny Harlin, who may not make good movies anymore but knows what to do with a camera). It is worth your time just for Ed O’Neill’s performance/character.


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