Naked Truth or Dare...
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kinda' silly- kinda' fun - "The Naked Truth" (not to be confused with the Peter Sellers comedy ages ago) is one of those little oddities that defies easy description - ostensibly a take-off on "Some Like It Hot" (with mild nudity and lots of skimpy bikinis) this early-90's indie goes for easy laughs (and scores) with a cast of your favorite and former-favorite TV stars, and a couple of newcomers - Robert Caso and Kevin Schon (the first movie credit for both actors.) Some clever set-ups and surprising cameos (Lou Ferrigno and David Birney as FBI agents - that's creative!) and veteran character actor M. Emmet Walsh as FBI Chief Gesundheit and "Murder She Wrote's" (late) Herb Edelman as the evil ketchup tycoon Rupert Hess. The comedy conjures early Mel Brooks - broad and silly, but without the sophistication. Still, subtle send-ups of the tacky L.A. celebrity life-style (omnipresent cell phones, a pink stretch limo with a bubble bath hot tub, valet parking for airliners) lend a knowingly mocking tone to the proceedings. As in most films of this type the plot is dispensible - the jokes are the point and they are frequent and surprisingly funny.The camera work is excellent -with a stand out helicpoter sequence involving Little Richard (!) You don't usually expect high production values in a low-budget film like this, but they are present here. You really can't go wrong for the price, and this is a genuine bargain for collectors of odd little films staring famous actors."
But I thought Erik Estrada would NEVER be in a bad movie...
Brett Johnson | 02/09/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"You know a film is a flop when its sole selling point is the inclusion of cameos by several C-list actors. It's the last resort when a movie maker knows they have a stinker on their hands with nothing resembling an actual plot or humor. That's the naked truth folks.
This piece of celluloid is what you get when you take "Bosom Buddies" and "The Naked Gun" and have them stripped of everything funny. This is the type of film where a character says "Black Russian" to a bartender and the white bartender responds saying that he's just "really tan". Was that ever funny...ever? This is the type of film where two gentlemen are in side-by-side helicopters and one guy asks the other if he has some Grey Poupon. This is the type of film where some guy ignores a bunch of good-looking women in skimpy swimsuits and instead gets all hot and bothered by some dude in drag.
In short, this is the type of film that doesn't have even a shred of originality and would be destroyed if we lived in a civilized society. I can understand the likes of Bubba Smith, Lou Ferrigno and Zsa Zsa Gabor showing up in junk like this. The saddest moment for me, however, was seeing the wonderfully talented Yvonne De Carlo make an appearance. She deserved to be given more roles in the '90s but not in trash such as "The Naked Truth"."
Great movies, great cast.
Brett Johnson | 07/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is great. I was thrilled to find out it was on DVD. The page says Erik Estrada is the star, but the real stars are Robert Caso and Kevin Schon (who?). The other stars are: Courtney Gibbs, Herb Edelman, Brian Thompson (the guy who kinda looks like Arnold Schwarznegger), and the great M. Emmet Walsh. And the cameos: Billy Barty, David Birney, Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Cord, Estrada, Norman Fell, Lou Ferrigno, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dick Gaultier, Ted Lange, Bubba Smith, John Vernon, and Little Richard. Not really a black comedy. Kinda like The Naked Gun, but dumbed down. For other great Nico Mastorakis comedys, see Glitch!, also on DVD, and Ninja Academy. And while I'm at it, let me recommend C.H.U.D. II: Bud the CHUD, starring Gerrit Graham (National Lampoon's Class Reunion, One True Thing) as Bud the CHUD, and featuring Robert Vaughn and Jack Riley (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, Rugrats). It's supposed to be a thriller, but it comes out more like a parody. If you like The Naked Truth, you'll probably like C.H.U.D. II."
Hilarious. a must-have if you like black comedies!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"one of the funniest black comedies ever made. the whole film is a satiric grotesque. imagine political correctness, bondiana, "some like it hot", "tutsi", "casablanca" and LA attitude all mixed up in one film. stupidest puns look and sound so real, that it makes you laugh really hard :-) if you like "naked gun", "hairspray" or "pink flamingoes" you will undoubtedly have fun with "naked truth"."