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Xanadu (SE)
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08.06.2008 By: Jason Adams
Xanadu (SE) order
Director:
Robert Greenwald

Actors:
Olivia Newton-John
Gene Kelly
Michael Beck

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mischievous muse from heaven helps a struggling artist and Gene Kelly achieve their dream of opening up a flamboyant roller disco.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As a rule, I’m generally weary of DVDs that come rainbow colored. It never ends well. Case in point, XANADU.

XANADU is the rare instance where a movie is exactly the sum of its parts…and in this case all the parts are unbelievably awful. This is a film that was so bad they created the Razzie Awards to honor it; an experience so horrendous it killed Gene Kelly, and a disaster so huge Olivia Newton-John never had a career in Hollywood ever again.

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate roller disco about as much as a sentient being can, but this low score is not a personal vendetta. The movie really is that bad. Horrible joyless songs which fall in to the genre “generic.” Overly long dance numbers that are tests of both patience and sanity. A hilariously terrible love story punctuated by chemistry-free costars and new agey BS. “State of the art” effects that include people glowing neon. The whole thing is nearly unbearable to watch

Don’t believe me? Check out some video examples from last week’s Awfully Good column for proof.
THE EXTRAS
Going Back to XANADU: (27:12): More than you ever wanted to know about this godforsaken movie.

This Magical Music Edition also comes with a Photo Gallery the movie’s Soundtrack on CD, in case you want to spread the cancer audibly.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One of the worst movies ever. Don’t go near it unless for comedic purposes.

Extra Tidbit: The term “Xanadu” comes from a reference in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic epic poem Kubla Khan.
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