Which Way is Up?
(1977) from Tuna
Which Way is Up? is a Richard Pryor comedy in which he
plays three roles: the main character, his father, and a degenerate
The protagonist version of Pryor is an orange
picker who unwittingly becomes a part of the effort to unionize farm
workers. He is run out of town, and while he is working in the city,
meets and falls in love with the lovely Lonette McKee, who is a union
organizer. He witnesses an assassination attempt on the Caesar Chavez
character, and chooses to keep his mouth shut. He is rewarded by the
growers with a foreman job back home in the packing plant. He then has
to juggle a wife, a girlfriend and son, and the wife of the preacher
who gets his wife pregnant.
Lonette McKee showed only brief breast flashes,
but looked great
Frankly, most of the humor was lost on me. Pryor is good in the
role, which wavers between over the top and believability, but this is
a mediocre comedy at best.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C.
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