Stupids [1996]

Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen perfected his devastatingly deadpan comic delivery in the supremely goofy Naked Gun films. Teaming up with humorist Henry Beard, he also collaborated on a parody of Harvey Penick's Little Red Book entitled Leslie Nielsen's Stupid Little Golf Book. And so while it would seem that Beard's writing and Nielsen's straight-faced delivery would combine beautifully on film, their Stupid Little Golf Video veers perilously close to having a title that is all too accurate. There are some promising sight gags and some potentially great slapstick moments, but the pace of the video is slow and the individual gags don't build on each other to achieve any sustained payoff. Nielsen engages in a series of bizarre parodies of golf instructions, from whacking (and splattering) a baked potato off his tee to showing how he can psyche out his opponent by turning his golf cart so sharply that his passenger flies out and rolls down a hill. Some of Nielsen's instructional monologues are quirkily funny, such as his mention of how he keeps his head still during his swing: "I imagine I have shampooed my head with a product containing nitroglycerin." But for every bright moment, there are lengthy interludes where nothing much happens, and Nielsen's priceless mock seriousness is ultimately wasted. --Robert J. McNamara

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Talk Show Hostess:
Have you ever thought that you came from a strange or unusual family? Well, after you meat our guests, you might want to adjust your standards.

Talk Show Guest #1:
I divorced my wife in order to marry her daughter.

Talk Show Guest #2:
I married a siamese twin and had an affair with her sister.

Talk Show Guest #3:
I've been engaged to three of my cousins.

Stanley Stupid:
I'm, well, to tell you the truth, I'm my own Grandpa.

Talk Show Hostess:
You're your own Grandpa? Well, for some of us who don't understand this, can you explain?

Stanley Stupid:
Well, yes. It's quite simple, really.

Stanley Stupid:
Many many years ago when I was twenty three I was married to a widow who was purdy as can be This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed

Stanley Stupid:
This made my dad my son in law and changed my very life For my daughter was my mother 'cause she was my father's wife To complicate the matters even though it brought me joy I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy

Stanley Stupid:
This little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad And so became my uncle though it made me very sad For if he was my uncle than it also makes him brother To the widow's grown-up daughter who of course if my stepmother

Stanley Stupid:
My father's wife then had a son who kept him on the run And he became my grandchild 'cause he was my daughter's son My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue For although she is my wife she is my grandmother too

Stanley Stupid:
If my wife is my grandmother than I am her grandchild And every time I think of this it nearly drives me wild

Talk Show Hostess:
has got to be the craziest thing I ever saw

Stanley Stupid:
As husband to my grandmother I am my own grandpa

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