Monday, November 17, 2008

Mother, Jugs and Speed (1976, Bill Cosby)


The title pretty much says it all. I had actually never heard of this movie until I saw it on the shelf of my local dvd retailer about 5 hours ago. I put the gift card I got for my birthday to good use and picked it up. I am a slave to compulsion.

F & B, a private ambulance company is full of characters, from the perverted lowlife Murdoch to the cowboy Rodeo. The baddest sumbitch of them all though is Mother (Bill Cosby). Along with dispatcher-turned driver Jennifer aka Jugs (Raquel Welch) and ex Cop Tony aka Speed (Harvey Keitel), this motley group of ambulance drivers do their best to help those in need. They also pay off cops, make whoopie in the back of their ambulances, receive erotic vibrator massages and scare nuns. Will the rival ambulance company Unity take over their turf or can F & B get it together enough to stay in the game?

This movie is exactly what I was expecting. There were some funny parts and the cast was great. Bill Cosby Himself is one of the funniest stand up performances of all time and Keitel is a recent favorite (mainly due to four of his early Scorsese films: Who's That Knocking at My Door?, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Mean Streets and Taxi Driver), so I had to see what they would bring to this. Raquel Welch was very sexiful, making the film even easier to watch. There were some tender moments too, which helped break up the zaniness. Not a classic, but a fun movie for sure. My one complaint is that it was rated PG. There were scenes that were obviously toned down, like one scene where a character mouths Fuck You, but you hear Up You. Up You? I don't know what that means, but I'm going to start saying it.

RATING: 3/5




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