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12.07.2016

Howard the Duck (1986)
Director: Willard Hyuck
Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins

Next week, the STAR WARS saga continues with ROGUE ONE, so there's no better time to acknowledge the man who made this series possible, George Lucas, and the movie that began his downward spiral: 1986's HOWARD THE DUCK, starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins and Jeffrey Jones! When Lucas produced this adaptation of the cult Marvel comic book, with his AMERICAN GRAFFITI co-writers writing and directing, it seemed like a surefire recipe for success. But instead, HOWARD THE DUCK is now a name synonymous with the term "box office bomb", and when you have to sit through the actual movie, you'll probably agree that it deserves it. Between the unlikable hero, the labored comedy, and the unfocused plot, this movie is truly a "quack-tastrophe" (look, if the filmmakers get to make shitty duck puns, then so do I!). But at least we can look back upon this cinematic turd with relief, knowing that Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones and Howard the Duck are in the hands of Mr. Disney now, where Uncle George can never hurt them again.

And if you want to awaken the force of Awfully Good Movies, then let these links flow through you...

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT: PART 2

DR. STRANGE

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION

And read Jason Adams' previous Awfully Good review of this flick HERE!

Extra Tidbit: George Lucas was expecting this movie to get him out of the debt he incurred after building his $50 million Skywalker Ranch, but after it bombed, he had to sell off some of his assets. One of them was the new CGI animation division of Lucasfilm, which he sold off to Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs at a price well above market value. This division would soon be better known as Pixar Animation Studios. That's right, you can thank HOWARD THE DUCK for creating Pixar...which is about all you need to thank this movie for.
Source: Joblo.com

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3:26PM on 12/07/2016
Howard the Duck ROCKS!!! I loved this movie when it first came out and I still LOVE it to this day. I met Lea Thompson awhile back.....I wanted to ask her which was more uncomfortable to film, a make out scene with a duck, or a make out seen with her character's son.
Howard the Duck ROCKS!!! I loved this movie when it first came out and I still LOVE it to this day. I met Lea Thompson awhile back.....I wanted to ask her which was more uncomfortable to film, a make out scene with a duck, or a make out seen with her character's son.
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1:48PM on 12/07/2016

I don't give a duck's ass what you're saying...

I LOVE THIS FILM, period !
(and CUTTHROAT ISLAND TOO... Et j'vous emmerde !)
Hehehe
I LOVE THIS FILM, period !
(and CUTTHROAT ISLAND TOO... Et j'vous emmerde !)
Hehehe
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10:57AM on 12/07/2016
Apart from Pixar, you can thank Howard The Duck for zany Tim Robbins performance.
Apart from Pixar, you can thank Howard The Duck for zany Tim Robbins performance.
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10:50AM on 12/07/2016

1/10.

As I was watching it, I was bored out of my mind. Later, I read the differences between it and the graphic novel. Co-Writer/Director Willard Huyck stated that he took out the existentialist themes to make it more fun. Why did he also remove the satirical and absurd humour? It's a story about a fucking anthropomorphic alien duck who falls in love with a human! You can't play it straight it! That's why it's hard to get into the plot! The stupid dialogue didn't help. The title character says
As I was watching it, I was bored out of my mind. Later, I read the differences between it and the graphic novel. Co-Writer/Director Willard Huyck stated that he took out the existentialist themes to make it more fun. Why did he also remove the satirical and absurd humour? It's a story about a fucking anthropomorphic alien duck who falls in love with a human! You can't play it straight it! That's why it's hard to get into the plot! The stupid dialogue didn't help. The title character says normal sentences and just replaces "man" for "duck". Does that count as a real pun? Also, at one point PHIL BLUMBERTT (HOWARD's friend) says "It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a duck!". Ummm... Ducks are birds! No wonder he's a lab assistant instead of a scientist! Huyck also didn't decide if it was a movie for kids or for adults. Even if it had been for adults... Well, was it necessary to include the duck boobs? It wasn't funny or even shocking. Tim Robbins received a Razzie nomination. He'ss very over-the-top, but he'ss the only one who made me laugh. I think Lea Thompson and Jeffrey Jones should've been nominated instead. HOWARD's facial expressions aren't always synchronized, which is distracting. However, if the movie had been made today, he most likely would've been a CGI creature, so I'm satisfied with the creation. A lot of people have said that he doesn't look realistic. I can't have an opinion on that. Anthopomorphic ducks aren't real, so there's no point of reference for me. I didn't buy HOWARD's romance with singer BEVERLY SWITZLER. No, not because they're different species. Her feelings for him appear very fast. The night they meet, while he's asleep, she calls him "ducky." What's that about? And she says "What am I going to do with you?". When has a person in the history of human kind ever said that to or about a complete stranger?! By the way, is it wrong that I was dissapointed that a sex scene is never shown? What?Positively or negatively, it would've caught the audience's attention. And something like that was necessary because, from what I've read, I'm not the only one who was bored.
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