Clue (1985)

Clue is far too good for a movie based on a board game. It is of course possible that nostalgia will always be at play when I watch this movie, but I laugh out loud every single time I watch it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that number is somewhere in the triple digits at this point in my life.

Come join the fun!

Come join the fun!

It’s exactly what you think it is, sort of: six people are invited to a dinner party sometime in the 1950’s. They’re given pseudonyms to protect their anonymity. When they get there, they find out each one of them is being blackmailed by a man called Mr. Boddy. Each of the unsavory guests, all of whom are connected to Washington, DC somehow or another, are given a weapon. Secret passages, “French” maids, shark’s fin soup and uncomfortable silences abound, bodies pile up, and mysteries are solved three times over.

Only in America!

Only in America!

There are so many wonderful parts of this movie! Tim Curry as Wadsworth the Butler (he butles) is flipping perfect. Christopher Lloyd as a lecherous psychiatrist, Leslie Ann Warren as a sly Madam, and perhaps above-all Madeline Kahn’s Black Widow are all thoroughly amusing and awesome. It is, of course, a ridiculously stupid movie, but that is what makes it so darn delightful. Seriously, I could watch this once a week for the rest of my life and never get bored. What can I say, I’m a sucker for slapstick and bad puns!


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