This post is part of Nathaniel's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series in which the participants must post a single image from a movie he or she deems as the "best shot" for any particular reason.
Since it's April Fool's Day, it was deemed appropriate to pick the film that was notoriously the first ever Razzie "winner" for Worst Picture, the 1980s bomb Can't Stop the Music, a glittery ode to the fictionalized origin story of The Village People. To be honest, I don't have much to say. A film this hilariously awful and campy is something to be seen to believe. For this post, I'm just going to limit my focus on the musical performances and my favorite shots from them.
This is from "Samantha" which is a song that Steve Guttenberg's DJ character puts on in the club getting everyone hot and bothered. Yes, that's a person dressed up as an "Indian" dancing in front of a rainbow. This movie is subtle like that.
The next number is a dream sequence of sorts (isn't the whole movie a disco-fueled dream sequence though?) where the hunky construction guy sings "I Love You to Death" to a group of totally fierce ladies. Here he's surrounded by them while they look straight to my soul.
I actually like the casualness of this next performance. It's the group's first impromptu group number taking place in someone's backyard. This shot, which is my pick for Best Shot, is from the very end of "Magic Night" and I think just encapsulates the sheer joy the movie tries so hard to force through the screen with every scene, for better or worse.
Ah, remember the good old days when you just fell into a heap of other sweaty guys after a good workout? This shot is at the end of the infamous "YMCA" number. It's actually not the most interesting shot from that PG-erotica sequence, but it caught my eye.
Her "Milkshake" brings all the boys to the yard. Easy joke. Shut up.
So... this guy is literally shooting out rainbows singing "Can't Stop the Music." And that brings us full circle. Now, help me get this song out of my head, please.