Chairman Of The Board

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -2

This wacky, slapstick comedy gets into full swing when Edison (Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson), a red-haired surf bum and goofy inventor, accidentally wins the admiration of wealthy industrialist, Armand McMillan. Before Armand dies suddenly, he wills his empire to Edison who becomes Chairman of the Board of his company. This infuriates Bradford (Larry Miller), Armand's nephew who expected to take over the company. Edison rejuvenates the company's R and D department and starts inventing and producing crazy products. His first is a TV dinner package with a built in TV screen which becomes a gigantic success. Along the way, he gets a lot of sympathetic support from his attractive Production Vice President, Natalie Stockwell (Courtney Thorne-Smith). While running the company in a very unorthodox way, Edison, his friends and co workers get involved in all sorts of non-stop comical situations. Their antics are so amazingly bizarre and outlandish that probably only MTV-type teens can bear to sit through it all. But they may love it.

This comedy would have been more tolerable if it had not been filled with crude and sometimes sexually suggestive humor, along with considerable foul language. Comical quips are made about sex and genitals, condom testing and bestiality. In one scene, an attractive woman engages in some explicit sexual innuendos with Edison, and another woman (Rachel Welch) and Bradford exchange sexual quips. Some of the comedy is just plain disgusting, such as a prolonged vomiting scene and a contraption which permits a man to breast-feed a baby. And there's lots of passing gas humor. Slapstick mayhem abounds, including people and cars being hit by falling objects, a man hit in the genitals by a tennis ball and a mechanical foot, and blows to the face. And all this is accompanied by about 11 obscenities, including two f-words. Of course, Edison is a nice, likeable guy who treats the employees well, but the crudities in this film are overwhelming.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Trimark Pictures, 2644 30th Street,Santa Monica, CA 90405

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 3, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (11) times - (f-word 2, other 9)

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 1 (G-d), Exclamatory 3 (Oh My God)

Violence: Many times - Slapstick, mostly moderate, few times Severe (Killer bees attack man, man struck in face, kids bite man and pull his hair, man hit by falling wrench, tennis ball hits man in genitals and head, mechanical foot jammed into man's genitals, autos damaged)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times (low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - (comical scenes pertaining to sex and condom testing; comical reference to bestiality, innuendos and quips pertaining to sex and genitals.)

Drugs: Once (man drinks liquor)

Other: Crude inventions, man wrestles necktie off corpse in casket, pass gas in elevator, invention emits passing gas noises, prolonged vomiting scene, man drinks perspiration fluid, breast feeding invention for men, burping contest, bird droppings comedy

Running Time: 93 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teenagers and young adults

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