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Disco disaster: the movie Can't Stop the Music finished off the Village People's career, and a new DVD reminds us why.

Can't Stop the Musk * Written by Bronte Woodard and Allan Carr * Directed by Nancy Walker * Starring Valerie Perrine, the Village People, and Bruce Jenner * Anchor Bay

Fanatics of disco and bad movies--to say nothing of bad disco movies--can rejoice that Can't Stop the Music has been released at last on DVD, allowing the film to be seen in its full, insane, anamorphic glory for the first time since its 1980 theatrical release.

Part of the fun of watching this unhinged musical is the thoroughly queer metatext. Eating its cake and having it too, Can't Stop the Music presents the macho archetypes of the Village People as being nonsexual--or worse, hetero--while at the same time throwing in lines like "They should all get down on their knees" as a wink to the in-crowd. The DVD's "Village People Story" provides oddball factoids, such as the film's original title (Discoland: Where the Music Never Stops!) and the name of Baskin-Robbins's tie-in ice cream flavor (Can't Stop the Nuts).

Is this famous flop any better now than it was in 1980? Not necessarily. But in the pantheon of so-bad-you-can't-tear-away-your-eyes cinematic train wrecks, Can't Stop the Music is absolutely a must-view.
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Author:Duralde, Alonso
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Movie Review
Date:May 14, 2002
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