A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.A country music star must turn an obnoxious New York cabbie into a singer in order to win a bet.
* 1/2 (out of 4)
No, this isn't the worst movie ever made and it's not even the worst film of the decade. What we're basically got is a MY FAIR LADY story told with country music as Dolly Parton enters a bet with her boss that she can turn anyone into a good singer. He gets to pick the person so he selects Sylvester Stallone who was working as a taxi driver. Parton must then take city boy Stallone to Tennessee where she plans to make him over into a "Rhinestone Cowboy" or something to that nature. I can easily picture a couple people sitting around, passing a joint to one another and coming up with funny ideas. The thought of Stallone being a singer could make for an interesting comedy and even funnier would be to have him wearing a cowboy hat and singing silly love songs. That idea, sadly, doesn't really carry over in the actual film, although the movie certainly isn't as bad as its reputation. I think the first hour or so of the film isn't all that bad because of how silly it is and you can't help but laugh when you see Stallone trying to sing everything from forgotten numbers to Tutti Fruity. The entire idea of turning him into a country boy gives us countless scenes where he doesn't know country slang, he can't figure out what certain animals are and of course he gets to mix it up with some rednecks. All of that is mildly entertaining because of our two leads who are obviously giving it their all trying to get a laugh. Stallone certainly pushes very hard to try and gets laughs and he does manage to get quite a few. Parton has your typical Southern charm that comes across very well. We even get Richard Farnsworth playing her dad, Ron Leibman playing the club owner and Tim Thomerson shows up as Parton's ex. Had the screenplay simply been about the MY FAIR LADY plot then the movie would have been much better but sadly this thing painfully drags out to 110-minutes, which is just way too long. If you edited out a good fifteen-minutes then the campy charm would have been a lot more bearable and I'm sure the film's reputation would have been better. Everything dealing with the ex boyfriend is just a waste as is the majority of the stuff dealing with the club owner who just wants to sleep with Parton. None of this stuff is very interesting and it takes away from the entire "pitch" that the film was driving on and that's seeing Parton and Stallone sing together. RHINESTONE is certainly an interesting idea that simply didn't work on screen but I think fans of camp will get a mild kick out of it and you have to at least give Stallone credit for having the guts to try it.
- Nov 27, 2010