“The Hollywood Knights” is far from cinematic excellence, but it is much better than what the critics say. Yes, it is juvenile, crude, and low-budget. The plot is not the best or the most original, and the writer decided to include some sub-plots that prove to be nothing but distractions. (I’ve always claimed that nothing kills a comedy better than a plot.) One other criticism – the time frame of all the events in the plot -- there is no way all this could happen in the one night in which this movie takes place. (Oh well, if you can suspend reality for the likes of Star Wars and such, you can suspend reality for this one . . . )
One the other hand, there are some great laughs in this movie – enough to keep you entertained through its running time of 99 minutes. Like “Animal House”, “Airplane”, and “Caddyshack”, it is definitely one of those “guy flicks”. And it is just as quotable – as guys like to do. This movie has been a staple among the guys in my extended family for over 20 years now, and not too many family events go by without hearing a quote or two from this movie.
And if you want to talk about star power, this movie has it – well, sort of. I haven’t done the research, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this movie introduces four actors / actresses that went on to greater fame: Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”), Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer (both household names), and Robert Wuhl (HBO’s “Arle$$”). What’s funny, but not really all that surprising given the reputation of this movie, is whenever an article is written about any one of these actors, this film is never EVER mentioned in their history of screen credits. (To them and their publicists I say: OH GROW UP! This movie wasn’t THAT bad!)
So if you’re a fan of this movie, buy the DVD and place it proudly next to your copies of “Animal House”, “Airplane”, and “Caddyshack”. (Oh yeah, you might as well put it next to your box sets of “The Naked Gun” and “Austin Powers” movies.) If you a just a fan of this genre, but not quite sure you want to fork over about $15 or so, rent it – if you can find it.
And if you still don’t like it, well, maybe you just need to hear Newbomb Turk’s version of “Volare” a few more times . . .