Stir Crazy (1980)


Two bumbling suburbanites are framed for bank robbery and sentenced to 125 years in a tough western penitentiary.

This mildly amusing prison comedy certainly has some funny moments, especially during their initial incarceration and when the wardens turn the screws in order to bend them to the governor’s will. This section in particular is quite a witty parody of prison movies and the chemistry between the two leads works well. The script is paper thin however  and once the “plot” kicks in the laughs quickly evaporate, leaving a clumsy hotch potch of red neck rodeo, corny romance and escape movie.

It’s a real shame because Richard Pryor was such an immense comic talent and yet pretty much all of his attempts at big screen comedy fell completely flat; this is probably the best of a very sorry bunch.



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