'The Kentucky Fried Movie': How The Cult Classic Spawned Modern Film Comedy
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
It's rare that you can trace an entire genre of movies to a single source, but you can with modern film comedy. Most of the landmark comedy films and filmmakers of the past 35 years can track their lineage back to one picture: "The Kentucky Fried Movie," which opened exactly 35 years ago this week (on August 10, 1977).
The film may not be as well remembered today as other hits from the same family, like "Airplane!", "Animal House," "Trading Places," or the "Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie" films, but "Kentucky" was enormously influential in terms of its source material (the vast array of movies and TV fare absorbed by the first generation to grow up in front of the tube), its envelope-pushing raunchiness, and even the way its gags were staged and paced (if you didn't like one joke, another would come along in just a few seconds).
Seen today, "Kentucky Fried Movie" may look dated, but in 1977, its structure and content were still novelties. The movie was a collection of parodic sketche
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