The Blues Brothers
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Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi's easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"The humor is predicated on underplaying in overscaled situations, which is sporadically funny in a Keaton-esque way but soon sputters out through sheer, uninspired repetition."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"lightning in a bottle created more than 30 years ago"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A cult classic for adults and older teens."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"I have never been quite sure why this $30 million comedy made by John Landis in 1980 became such a cult."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A demolition symphony that works with the cold efficiency of a Moog synthesizer gone sadistic."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A dazzlingly enjoyable, memorable road trip of comedy and music from two of SNL's best."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"This long, expensive 1980 cult movie has an energy and individuality lacking in similar films nowadays."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Formless, chaotic and lazy, and quite brilliant because of it."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Given all the chaos, director and, with Aykroyd, cowriter, John Landis manages to keep things reasonably controlled and in a straight line."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This essentially modest movie is reported to have cost about $30 million, and what did all that money buy? Scores of car crashes. Too many extras. Overstaged dance numbers. And a hollowness that certainly didn't come cheap."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
" epic musically charged comedy, the likes of which has never been seen before or since."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"An undisciplined, overlong tale that substitutes spectacle and star cameos (Twiggy, Steven Spielberg, etc) for a coherent narrative."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The mere spectacle of Elwood and Jake in their shades isn't quite as giggle-inducing as it presumably was back in 1980, but the stunts are still awe-inspiring, and there's plenty of laughs. They really were thinking big."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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