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Can't Stop The Music

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jun 19, 2019
Can't Stop The Music

The 1980 film failure that promised moviegoers the "musical event of the '80s" actually belonged in the late 1970s. "Can't Stop the Music" had so many things go wrong that it became the first film with the distinction of winning the "Razzie Award" for Worst Film of 1980.

Viewing it during the gay Pride month of June takes this Village People origin story to a whole new level. It's highly enjoyable from a campy perspective and is a very, very loose tale of how the infamous men from Greenwich Village got thrown together to form a unique music group.

Shout Factory knows that audiences love a retro flashback, and that's just what you'll get in "Can't Stop the Music." Where else can you find Steve Guttenberg, the Village People, and (a pre-Caitlyn) Bruce Jenner in the same nonsensical film? Disco was dying in 1980 and the popularity of the Village People was waning. This didn't stop producer Allan Carr ("Grease") from envisioning a movie musical tribute to the 1940s, this time featuring pulsating disco music and gay-themed dance sequences.

Directed by Nancy Walker (in her only directing gig), "Can't Stop the Music" puts the Village People sadly in the background and gives gigantic amounts of screen time to pointless romantic subplots. But its worth it just to see Steve Guttenberg prance around half naked, and to watch his roller skating routine during the movie's opening credits.

Add in dance sequences featuring the songs "Milkshake" and the ubiquitous "YMCA," and you'll be both stunned and happy at the end result in "Can't Stop the Music."

The highlight of a generous Bonus Features section on the Blu-ray is a two-part interview with original Village People member Randy Jones. He talks about his career and looks back fondly on the making of "Can't Stop the Music." Not-so-fond memories are recalled with the 1987 Village People reunion and the quitting of one of the group members right before the filming of this camp classic.

"Can't Stop the Music"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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