Picks and Pans Review: Cheech & Chong's the Corsican Brothers

updated 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It would seem that a venture into legitimate, drug-less humor by Richard "Cheech" Marin and Thomas Chong should give the pair a chance to show off their true abilities: no more pandering to the seamier side of their devotees' tastes. But while the duo's talent for comedy probably should not yet be dismissed, this film crashes. It is a takeoff chronicling the lives of the two Alexandre Dumas characters, twins who wind up embroiled in the French Revolution. Half the gags are based on the Corsicans' supposed empathetic responses to each other (when one gets hurt, the other feels the pain), but this approach quickly wears thin. The rest of the humor takes a marked turn for the base, rambling endlessly around bodily functions, dumb blondes and the sexual hang-ups of a Marquis de Sade-like character who is played with flaming abandon by Roy Dotrice. Perhaps the movie's most original bit, not to mention its most tasteless, involves one brother's accidental close contact with a horse's rear end. The comedy never rises above that level. (PG)

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