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by Eli Kroes

You might not be familiar with the term 'Z-Movie,' but if you grew up in the 90's, chances are you've seen one. They're the beyond-low-budget monstrosities that teased you from the walls of the mom-and-pop video store. Usually, the films themselves could never live up to the pictures on the videotape boxes (because this was way before your fancy 'Digital Video Discs' and 'Blu-Rays') but occasionally you'd find something truly unique. 'WEIRDO FLICKS' will clue you into some movies which 'unique' doesn't even begin to describe... 

'F.A.R.T.: The Movie' - 1991, Directed by Ray Etheridge

If you're anything like me, you'll be glad to know a film like this exists. Sure, it's awful, and awfully stupid, but the fact that a guy and his wife wanted to do a WHOLE FILM about farting is pretty funny in and of itself. It's also sorely, sorely misguided, because apparently someone told these two that farting was 'cool' in the 90's. To my knowledge, there has never been a 'farting' scene, so, yeah.

This is basically a poor man's SNL film. It's got a lot of cutaway scenes and silly sketches throughout, as opposed to an actual plot. With all the 'writers' and 'actors' listed, I can just imagine this Etheridge fellow standing in front of a board room full of fresh-faced comedy writers and saying something like 'just write about farts, we'll make it work.' And that's precisely what they did.

The sketches (involving numerous television parodies) are loosely strung together with a story of a man named Russell who really loves to fart. He does it constantly, and his wife hates it. But, you don't even get a conflict as serious as 'I'll leave you if you keep farting.' It just seems like she'll be a little mad at him if he keeps it up. So, like I said, no real conflict. Russell is also a tremendous jerk to his wife, and while she grudgingly goes off to meet some friends by herself, he eats himself stupid on the couch, falls asleep, and has a fart-dream.

In his dream, farts are the coolest thing around, and EVERYBODY is doing it. This is opposed to his real life, where he farts in elevators and people get mad at him. Dream world, however, has farts on every TV station, in every variety of programming you could want. I guess the moral that he learns is that farts aren't really that cool, and maybe he should control himself a bit.

But then, his wife comes home and farts in their bed, so I guess that moral is obsolete. Or something. Believe me, I didn't just 'ruin' the whole movie for you...it does that on its own just fine. If you're like me, however, and you will gladly waste about an hour and a half on a no-budget film about farting, you won't be disappointed. At least not with the film. It's perfectly plausible that you'll be disappointed with yourself.

Oh yeah, I forgot....it has music SPECIFICALLY written for it. Take from that what you will..

VHS photo by Toby Hudson.