"National Lampoon's Gold Diggers"

National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2003) is another of the too frequent completely lame comedies from National Lampoon. Two orphans tire of working for minimum wage, and move to Hollywood to pursue a promising new career as purse snatchers. On their first attempt, dressed as a rabbi and a nun, they pull off a woman's prosthetic arm, which she proceeds to beat them with until the cops arrive. They learn their lesson, and, upon release, decide to try armed robbery on two old ladies. They hadn't counted on mace, and are again in jail.

Meanwhile, we learn that the two old ladies, sisters and heirs to a condom fortune, have been swindled out of their money by an uncle. They decide to spring our two heroes, marry, insure and then kill them. When our heroes see their mansion, they decide to marry then outlive the sisters. These are not marriages made in heaven, and soon everyone wants to kill each other, but they keep missing, and the body count mounts.

The only thing of merit in this entire film is Nikki Ziering¹s tits, which she shows first as a fantasy girl, then later as the new girlfriend of one of our heroes. There are out takes from her nude scenes in the special features. IMDb readers have this at 3.3. I agree. Stupid idea, stupid screenplay, poor execution. As an aside, it could have been worse. They proved it on the DVD with alternate opening and closing scenes. This is a D.

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  • Nikki Ziering (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    National Lampoon's Gold Diggers (2003 or 2004):

    This film is also known as "Lady Killers".

    In discussing the worst films of 2004, we found that the contest was nearly a runaway for Superbabies. That move, after all, got no positive reviews, and was rated the worst of all time at IMDb. As you can well imagine, that stupefying level of incompetence nearly blew away the competition, and yet National Lampoon's Gold Diggers refused to surrender. Gold Diggers matched Superbabies with 0% positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes and when Metacritic did their end of the year accounting, the final tallies were 9/100 for Superbabies and 6/100 for Gold Diggers. Given that fact, in concert with the IMDb score of Superbabies, the director of Gold Diggers may proudly and rightfully boast of having made a movie worse than the worst movie of all time, a paradox comparable in complexity only to the Mudd's Robots Conundrum.

    Given that he made fun of Catholic orphanages in this school, and is therefore probably excommunicated and banned from the sacrament of confession, Gary Preisler, the man who wrote and directed this film, will need to contact one of those sin eaters to obtain forgiveness for this effort. And I'm not just talking about a regular old garden variety sin eater who can chow down on the taste of your having filched a few bucks from your mom's penny jar, nosiree. This guy needs the Marlon Brando of sin eaters, a man who could chow down every crumb of the seven deadly sins of Larry Flynt and Hitler at an all-you-can-eat buffet, a man who can even eat gluttonously when he consumes the rich taste of Gluttony itself.

    I suppose you can guess from my expertise in this topic that I tried to be a sin eater myself, but I could never swallow my Pride.

    I did learn however, that Envy goes best with a Pinot Noir.

    But enough about me. Could there be more to say about the film? Oh, there's more. Consider this: the topline above-the-title star of this film, the headliner, so to speak, is the redheaded doofus who played The Sherminator in American Pie.

    Or consider the DVD box. Riddle me this, Batman. How do you fill the box with written blurbs capable of marketing a film with zero percent positive reviews? Even the notorious quote whore, "Earl Dittman of Wireless Magazine" was abstaining from this one. The guy who wrote the DVD box did a helluva job at spinning this. Since no reviewers used any positive adjectives, he quoted the negative adjectives which might at least provoke some sales to people who like gross-out comedies, hoping that the people in that highly-targeted audience would see those negative characteristics as positives. He also quoted only one adjective at a time, completely separated from the context in which the words were originally used. These are the reviews used on the box:

    "Tasteless" - The Seattle Post Intelligencer

    "Offensive" - The Washington Post

    "Low-brow" - The New York Daily News

    "Raunchy, offensive" - The Hollywood Reporter

    "Ultra-crass contribution to the Lampoon shelf" - Boston Globe

    All of those reviewers actually said those things, but I'm sure they never dreamed their comments would be quoted to sell the DVD! If you want to see what reviewers really thought of this film, click on the Rotten Tomatoes link and just read the one line summaries of each review. It will bring a much leaded uplift to sagging spirits!

    The plot:

    Two young losers concoct a plan to get rich by marrying two very old heiresses who live in a beautiful Beverly Hills Mansion. Shortly after the dual wedding ceremony, the boys decide they need to accelerate nature's course a bit because the old women are not dying fast enough, so they conspire to kill them. Unfortunately for our lads, and unknown to them,  the women have fallen on hard times since their father invented condoms, and their evil uncle has hijacked their fortune from them. The only hope for the old biddies to save their crumbling lifestyle was to pretend they were still rich, marry two young gold diggers, insure them, kill them, and reap the rewards.

    Thus, everyone is trying to kill everyone else. There is no wit in the murder plots. The performing is annoying, crass and lowbrow. The only alleged humor in the film basically consists of the boys' ongoing disgust at having to have oral sex with incredibly old women, one of whom is permanently horny.

    That's the film. Toss in a convenient happy ending, and you have the wrap-up.

    I guess I could cite three points of interest:

    1. To be fair, the finished film doesn't look bad at all.

    2. If you are into 70s nostalgia, the old gals are played by Renee Taylor and Louise Lasser. Lasser, who was married to Woody Allen in the sixties, and was once a hot star in the soap spoof "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (1976-77), plays the shy sister. The sexual predator is played by Taylor, who garnered an Oscar nomination in 1970 for her script for Lovers and Other Strangers, and won other writing awards for that film as well as for Made for Each Other.

    3. The DVD fares a little better than the PG-13 theatrical release, since some flesh has been inserted, albeit clumsily, in the form of dream sequences in which one of the boys fantasizes the life he will someday have with former playmate Nikki Ziering, assuming that his horny old wife finally dies. The DVD version of these sequences is "unrated", but would be rated "R" based upon the frequent appearances of Miss Ziering's impressive aftermarket hooters. (The theatrical version of the film, given neither wits nor tits, was a comedy with absolutely no merit of any kind, yet somehow, defying all logic, this sucker ended up on 1000 screens.)


    • Nikki Ziering (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)



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    Jr's Polls
    This week's poll is another look at a poll from a few years ago...

    Best Sex Scene in a Mainstream Movie
    For this poll it's A-list only. No skinemax or adult stuff. You'll also notice a lack of lesbian lovin'....I'm saving that for another poll.

    Here are the results of our most recent other polls...
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    Crimson Ghost
    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today from the Ghost...a few video clips featuring plenty of gratuitous nudity in scenes from the 80's slasher flicks, "Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers" (1988) and "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" (1989).

    For some reason, in 2002 they resurrected the series with "Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor" and currently there is a part five in production. For those who are fans of the series, or just in case you want to buy some Sleepaway camp's the official Sleepaway Camp series website.

    First up, from "Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers".

    • Valerie Hartman zipped .wmvs. Topless girls cabin scene in links 1-2, topless sex scenes in links 3-5. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    Next up, the vids from "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland".

    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "Drying Up the Streets" (1978)
    Find of the week. Canadian drama about a father trying to get his runaway daughter (Sarah Torgov from Meatballs) off the streets where she got sucked into the porn industry. Released a year before Hardcore.

    "Tulips" (1981)
    Turkey of the week. Dreadful romance starring Gabe Kaplan of Welcome Back Kotter fame. Saved only by the bountiful bosom of his co-lead Bernadette Peters.

    "Highpoint" (1984)
    Richard Harris/Christopher Plummer comedy.

    Godiva's episode The Hungry Ghost
    Second episode of the series and it's evident who's providing most of the skin.

    • Leah Cairns (1, 2): topless sunbathing in first episode, topless sex scene in second episode.

    Meegwetch music video

    Human Cargo: part 5

    • Cara Pifko: nude sex scene obscured by shower curtain.

    "Thank You Satan" (1989)
    Rather dull France-Canada comedy other than the housecat who likes to watch hardcore sex cartoons on the television set. But no nudity by the regular live action stars.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Fairy Tales"
    You won't want to gather the kiddies to watch this 1979 musical comedy takeoff on Mother Goose, but it's a hoot for adults. Very funny and sexy with lots of nudity but little actual sex, it's a tasteful adult version that will keep you laughing. And of course, a 1979 movie means 1979 bodies - no implants and full bush.

    Oh yes, there's even a plot: When he turns 21, the Prince strikes out across the land searching for the only woman that can get him sexually excited, Sleeping Beauty. On the way, he runs into Jack and Jill, Sheherazade, Little Bo Peep, Snow White, and a ton of other well-known nursery rhyme characters.

    Because the film was apparently in pretty bad shape, the DVD quality is poor, but the movie is very well done, with good musical production, and generally just a lot of laughs, plus plenty of yumminess.

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    Tere López-Tarín
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    Flautista 'caps of the Mexican actress going topless in scenes from "Ave María" (1999I).

    Jennifer Rubin
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Patsy Kensit
    (1, 2, 3)

    Vejiita 'caps of both ladies topless in scenes from a movie so bad that I'm willing to bet all 3 of the stars leave it off their resume. And that's really saying something considering the stars are Rubin, Kensit and Stephen Baldwin!

    Nikki Schieler Ziering
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the beautiful, blonde former Heffer showing off and excellent thong view (link #1) and her big ol' robo-hooters (links 2-9). Today's 'caps feature scenes from "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers".

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

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  • Also because he mostly knocks over doughnut shops.
  • He attacks symbols of capitalism while hauling home bags of money? Are they sure that's not the real Michael Moore?
  • I knew it was hard times for liberals, but geez!

    Her Brother Voted 10,000 Times - In an international poll by the men's magazine FHM, Angelina Jolie was named the sexiest woman in the world. The editor said Jolie "embodies everything our readers find incredibly sexy. Not only is she stunning, she is intelligent, outspoken and passionate in her beliefs, and well-respected" for her tireless work with refugee children. Oddly, last year's #1 "world's sexiest woman," Britney Spears, didn't even show up in the top 100.

  • So she's decided she needs a lot more tattoos.
  • Even Kevin Federline didn't put her in the top 50 women he's impregnated.
  • Britney is outspoken and passionate about her love of cigarettes and moon pies...And she works tirelessly with her husband's illegitimate children.
  • Jolie is also a regular blood donor, just because she finds the process so sensual.
  • Angelina Jolie also looks like she'd kick your ass if you didn't vote for her.

    #1 With A Bullet - Rapper 50 Cent complained to Blender magazine that he's disappointed because he spent $200,000 bulletproofing two cars, one in New York and one in L.A., and he hasn't been able to test it because "nobody's shot me." He griped, "I spent a lot of money on that (BLEEP)!"

  • Can't he wait until he visits Detroit?
  • It's been so long, he's getting a serious lead deficiency!
  • If he's got those annoying spinning hubcaps, someone's bound to open fire soon.

    Am I Caught In A Hit-And-Run? - Thursday in Los Angeles, Paula Abdul pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hit-and-run after she failed to realized her Mercedes had clipped another car while she was changing lanes. She could have gone to jail, but she took full responsibility and was ordered to pay $775 damages and $900 in fines and given 24 months' probation. "Celebrity Justice" reports that Abdul had told police she vaguely remembered hitting what she thought was a pothole, but nothing else.

  • Nothing else that entire day...
  • She did remember spilling a little of her drink.
  • She's lucky her judge wasn't like Simon, she would've gotten the death penalty.

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