|Going for the Groan
||[Dec. 29th, 2008|11:03 am]
The 1981 movie comedy, Caveman, featuring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, makes a great date movie. Really! Although, it helps if you and your date both enjoy a healthy dose of slapstick humor. Hey, as far as romance goes, Caveman worked for Starr and Bach, who met on set and were married the next year.
I have a soft spot in my heart, and perhaps my head, for this schlock-fest of a film which follows Ringo Starr, as Atouk, who seeks to win the affections of the beautiful, fur bikini-clad Lana (Bach), who happens to be the main squeeze of Tonda, (John Matuszak) the brutish tribal leader. Failing repeatedly in his attempts, Atouk and his friend, Lar (Dennis Quaid) become tribal outcasts who form their own tribe with other outcasts they meet along the way.
The humor is playful and juvenile, and the stop-motion animation may seem crude compared to today's techniques, but this quirkiness gives the film some of its charm and the creatures their character. The movie is also sweet without getting too sappy. The success of Atouk's tribe depends on his ability to capitalize on the advantages of diversity, tolerance and intelligence over the exclusivity and brutal domination of Tonda's tribe.
Caveman, a spoof of "prehistoric" film classics such as One Million Years B.C. , delivers the chuckles; although, historians, anthropologists and earth scientists will need to hang up those disciplines with some major suspenders of disbelief. We follow the development of Atouk's tribe as they learn to walk upright, discover fire and writing and learn to use weapons and tools. One of my favorite scenes is the tribe's discovery of music. A good jam session never goes out of style.
Although there was minimal dialogue in Caveman, writers Rudy De Luca and Carl Gottlieb, who also directed the film, focused the talented troupe of comedians rounding out the cast. Shelley Long plays Tala, who wants Atouk for herself; she also assists the blind Gog, Jack Gilford. Evan Kim, as Nook, is the only English-speaking cavedweller, and as such, is constantly being corrected for his gibberish and nonsense. Avery Schreiber plays Ock, Tonda's go-to-guy, and there's even a cameo by Richard Moll, as the Abominable Snowman from a nearby ice age.
Understandably, the majority of humor in the movie relies on sight gags, but with loincloths & fur bikini's to dress things up! If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you should at least let out a groan or two. Otherwise, check your pulse or your meds.
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