200 Motels
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Less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for die-hard fans, Frank Zappa informs viewers in the opening scene that "Touring can make you crazy, ladies and gentlemen, and that is what 200 Motels is all about." The rest of the plot-less production is filled with more self-reflexive reminders, as the close-up eye and tape recorder signal that Zappa is watching everything his bandmembers are doing. Reasonably, the Mothers of Invention make up the cast, notably Jimmy Carl Black, who repeatedly remarks how he just wants to quit the band and go play… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"200 Motels has no particular focal point, being principally an anthology of poor jokes and spectacular audio-visual effects, a few of which might expand the mind, but all of which, taken together, are like an overdose of Novocain."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Zappa's most ambitious compositions (performed by the London Philharmonic) share screen time with nostalgic freak humor."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The incidents are often outrageously irreverent. The comedy is fast and furious, both sophisticated and sophomoric."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It assaults the mind with everything on hand."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A real dinosaur."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The film is a marvelous whirl of color and visual effects, with some fine animation and Zappa's delicious wit present throughout the entire production."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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