I think for a film to be a guilty pleasure you have to enjoy it and 1980's "Xanadu" is not of the so bad it's good variety. It's so bad that it creates its own category of badness. The inane plot concerns a struggling artist (a charmless Michael "Who?" Beck), an honest to goddess muse (Aussie Olivia Newton-John), and Gene Kelly, who I just felt sorry for. It does go all out on the musical numbers, but they're more tacky than fabulous. ELO did a bunch of the music and this edition includes the soundtrack CD. Robert Greenwald won the first Golden Rasberry for director. It's a real stinker!
One of those guilty pleasures that just gets worse as the years go by. A heavenly muse (Olivia Newton-John eager to prove she can neither act nor dance) winds up in Los Angeles where she makes the dreams of an old crooner (Gene Kelly, aiming low) and young artist come true. Overflowing with tacky 70s kitsch, forgettable AM radio hits, and shallow stabs at romance—it all ends with a rocking and rolling musical finale at a roller disco which is so monumentally awful it has to be seen to be believed. It's like watching bad taste overdose on cocaine.
This movie was made in 1980 and I wont deny it is sooooo campy and cheesy but I thought it was highly entertaining.
Big fan of the Tubes. ONJ and ELO.
Yes....they spent 20 million in 1980 which would be @ 100M in todays 2014 dollars, but it shows in the lavish costumes, sets, and a zillion paid extras.
Made in USA, you have never seen a movie like this and they don't make them like this anymore.
Superb silly cheesy campy fun (a bad movie, yes, but if you know & love ONJ you must! - And not Bad-Bad like "Two of a Kind".
Craptastic 80's aesthetic, glorious ONJ vocals, the atrocious acting of Michael Beck, fun-tastic ELO music, kick ass choreography, plot (er well don't bother), and Gene Kelly (yup THAT Gene Kelly) looking a bit like he did too much something and can't quite figure how he got here but decides what the hey he's Gene F-ing Kelly, he can dance through a minefield of crap and come up lily white & sweet smelling.)
Try this paired to near perfection by "Can't Stop The Music" (Village People, Valerie Perrine, Steve Guttenburg on roller skates - need I say more? Ok, try this, in all seriousness the "leather man" climbs on a table and sings "Danny Boy"!?!?)
If you're seriously looking for the cheesiest of the cheesiest of the cheesiest of all movie-musicals ever, then just say "Poo to Xanadu!" Yep. It's 20 million dollars worth of pure Xana-Poo.
Nominated for 7 Golden "Razzie" Awards in such top categories as "Worst Actress", "Worst Actor", "Worst Picture, and "Worst Musical", Xanadu so rightly won this highly covetd prize for "Worst Director" which deservedly went to Robert Greenwald.
Neither camp, nor cute, nor hip, nor clever, Xanadu literally scraped the absolute bottom of the barrel when it came to its terribly-conceived story-line, its badly-staged musical numbers and its completely amateurish performances by actors who convinced me that they were nothing but total boobs auditioning for their parts in a second-rate high school production.
I couldn't believe how utterly dismal Xanadu's visual effects were. With its $20 million budget I should've been absolutely wowed right out of this world by this film's dazzling effects.
And talk about a shallow and moronic plot-line - Xanadu's dumber-than-dumb story actually hinged on the premise of having one of Zeus's gorgeous daughters sent to Earth with the all-important mission of seeing to it that Hollywood got to have its very own roller-skating disco palace, too. (Spare me!)
If you're like me you'll love to hate this movie with an undying passion.
The story is weak, but the film is worth watching for the choreography and music.
Well, after watching Rock Of Ages, Xanadu suddenly feels like the Citizen Kane of musical movies.
Featuring great original music by ELO, and a song splicing masterpiece in the Olivia plus The Tubes number, plus the genius of Gene Kelly thrown in for good measure.
Watch it an become one of the millions of fans. There's a good reason why 30 years later this movie is so well loved, even recently hitting the Broadway stage.
Will Rock of Ages be able to say the same in 30 years? .... of course not.
Olivia Neutron Bomb was her nickname at the time, as she was pretty much number one around the world. Terrific music and choreography along with ELO's excellent music make this a fun movie to watch.
this is probably one of the worst movies ever made, but the music and the dancing are kick-ass!! so much fun, and Olivia Newton John is the bomb, she is so beautiful and her voice is to die for. Gene Kelly must have been out of his mind to be in this movie, but what the heck. Micheal Beck is probably the worst actor alive. but like I said it is fun and if you ever liked ELO, you will love the music.
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