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 preacher.

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. 

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IMDb 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 is.

My own 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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