five wives, and Rodney Dangerfield
SIMON MANGIARACINA - COLUMNIST
As I stepped into Movie Gallery, I felt like a guilty husband
who was about to have an affair. In my four years here at Bowdoin, I have
patronized Video Galaxy (formerly Matt and Dave's Video Venture) with
absolute devotion. Unfortunately, Video Galaxy could not meet my needs
this week, so I had to stray and surrender myself to the services of another
video rental store.
You must be wondering what caused me to commit such an adulterous
act. As I explained to the store clerk while I was signing the Movie Gallery
membership contract, "Understand something, I am doing this solely because
you have this movie and Video Galaxy does not." I proudly waved a copy
of My 5 Wives in the clerk's face.
The film in question stars Rodney Dangerfield and Andrew
Dice Clay. But wait, it gets better. Rodney Dangerfield plays a land developer
who buys a plot of land in Utah, and little does he know, it comes with
three beautiful Mormon wives (he later marries two more because the other
three can't cook).
Comedy and mad?cap antics ensue. Sheer genius, no? I must
admit, I did not find out about this little gem all my own. An enormous
thank you goes out to Craig Jewell and Nate Anderson for passing on the
word about this cinematic masterpiece.
Thanks to Comedy Central, and their perpetual broadcasting
of Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield will never be forgotten. With My
5 Wives, Dangerfield proves that he is still just as fine a comedic thespian
as ever. The video opens with a stream of Dangerfield's most choice material.
"I go fishing, I catch nothing. I go to orgies, I catch everything."
Dangerfield plays Monte Peterson, a successful land developer
in Los Angeles. "And there's the new office building I erected. I also
erected a new sports complex. I erected a downtown library."
Can you see where this joke is going? In case not, I'll give
you the punch line, "I got erections all over this town." Now that's Dangerfield
at his best.
Monte is getting a divorce from his most recent beautiful
wife, who only wanted him for his money. "This woman married my client
under false pretenses," announces Monte's lawyer at the divorce hearing.
"Yeah, her chest," Monte adds.
After the hearing, Monte flies out to Redwood Springs, Utah,
a Mormon town where he plans on buying a plot of land to construct a ski
resort. The town's motto is "Love thy neighbor as thyself." "What am I
supposed to do, jerk him off too?" Ohoohh! Now this joke is funny because
Dangerfield loves himself by masturbating, and if he were to love his
neighbor as he does himself, well he would have to manually masturbate
his neighbor as well.
Monte outbids an evil and corrupt banker at the auction for
the land he wants. As he is signing the deed, the town clergymen reveal
to him that he will have to marry the three women that come with the land,
who were all part of the former owner's "property." Upon seeing the stunningly
gorgeous young ladies, Virginia, Stephanie, and Emily, Monte immediately
agrees to wed them. Of course he has a separate ceremony for each girl
"My wives are killing me, all they want is sex, sex, sex,"
Monte complains. "God gave me two of everything, two eyes, two hands....
The only thing I need two of, God gave me one." He's talking about his
penis. If he had multiple penises he wouldn't be so tired from sex.
So what does Monte do about his problem? He goes out and
buys one of those red deli?counter ticket dispensers so his wives can
take a number, and wait their turn for sex. Monte takes his wives to the
town fair, where Virginia enters a kumquat pie in the annual bake?off.
The judge winces as he tastes it and says, "I think it needs less kum
and more quat." This is funny because... never mind:
The plot thickens when one of the town residents dies, and
his property and two wives go up for bid. To prevent the evil banker from
getting the land, Monte buys it and marries the two girls, Meagan and
Sarah. Monte takes his five wives to Las Vegas, where they play tennis
and he buys them skimpy bikinis. While in Vegas, his wives become liberated
and exposed to feminist ideals.
Upon returning to Redwood Springs, the girls buy power?suits
and get highpaying jobs, leaving Monte at home to do the cooking and cleaning.
My, how the tables have turned. In spite of a distracting sub?plot involving
Andrew Dice Clay as a mobster who wants to "whack" Monte because he keeps
buying the land he wants so "the family" can build a casino in Mormon
country, My 5 Wives pays off big when it comes to laughs. A++++