Clue (1985)

Jonathan Lynn directs Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Lesley Ann Warren in this cult ensemble based on the murder mystery board game.

The litany of beloved intellectual properties Hollywood stripmines and reboots and yet the one from my childhood, desperate for a second chance at glory, somehow hasn’t been touched. Clue is a one location comedy with a lot of running around and barely any jokes. It is so caught up in it concept that it completely overlooks this indispensable ingredient. Listen… I love that the glorious Tim Curry is centre stage. I love the fact that five minutes from the end the brilliant Madeline Kahn tries to improvise something funny for her character to say and it stands out like a sore thumb. I love Coleen Camp in a French Maid outfit. A true cult item in that my baffled generation has looked so hard into it for laughs that we’ve kind of turned all the exposition, shrieking and repetition into its own comedy version of alchemy. It is the Magic Eye painting of humour, stare at it long enough and you’ll see hilarity. Released in theatres originally with three different ending, you’d have to hope you at least bought a ticket for the C finale that has one of the greatest closing lines to any movie ever.


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