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  • Summary: When Detective Fairlane is hired to find a girl named Zuzu Petals, his Rock n' Roll style gum-shoeing gets put to the test as the case he tries to crack becomes more bizarre by the second, attracting all kinds of homicidal weirdos.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    75
    The Adventures of the Ford Fairlane is an exceptionally well-made film that is everything you could ever want in an Andrew Dice Clay movie; it's vulgar, tasteless, nasty, cynical, and, at times, very funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Surprisingly funny and expectedly rude, this first starring vehicle by vilified standup comic Andrew Dice Clay has a decidedly lowbrow humor that is a sort of modern equivalent of that of the Three Stooges.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    But this isn't Diceman's feat of clay. Instead, Ford Fairlane runs fairly well on high-octane silliness. [11 Jul 1990, p.4D]
  4. It's camp noir, but the director, Renny Harlin, doesn't allow the jokes, feeble as they are, to take hold. He slam-bangs the action as if he was prepping "Die Hard 2," so that even Clay's self-infatuated strut and bleary leer don't have time to register. The film is pointlessly souped up. [11 Jul 1990, p.1]
  5. 25
    If he wants a future in the movies, Andrew Dice Clay is going to have to play somebody other than himself.
  6. 25
    The first starring vehicle for shock comic Andrew Dice Clay, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, turns out to be the kind of detective spoof worn out 30 years ago by Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, though refitted with salty language, graphic violence and an attitude toward women that makes the Marquis de Sade look like Phil Donahue. [11 Jul 1990, p.18]
  7. It's especially doomed by a strained script that recalls certain bottom-of-the-barrel Bob Hope vehicles of the 50s in its attempts to be brittle and self-mocking in its humor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Aug 23, 2012
    10
    The perfect mix of comedy, rock n roll, and non stop action. A must see for lovers of hair metal in Los Angeles in the late 80s / early 90s. A must