History of the World: Part I (1981)

I’d like to start this review with a description of my evening, the night I decided to watch a terrible movie. After dropping my wife off at work, I went to Subway, got a nice sub, came home and browsed the film vault on my cable box. Deep in the comedy section was History of the World Part I. I read the description and said, hey, if I don’t like my choice, I can just leave it playing in the background and find something else to do. 

After the first few minutes, I swear that I deeply regretted the decision to actually watch this awful movie. 

Now don’t get me wrong, this story had loads of potential. I thought it was pretty creative to watch man’s evolution, which included masturbating, marriage, and singing. Then the story cuts to the 15 Commandments, and then we find ourselves in Rome. I was still watching at this point and thought the Hugh Hefner cameo was pure comedy gold. 

After short stories devoted to different periods of human history, the saga decided to overstay it’s welcome in Rome. The comedy stopped being funny, the characters were terrible, and I lost all interest in what happened next. 

After Rome, we find ourselves in the time of The Spanish Inquisition and The French Revolution. With so much of the story focused on The Roman Empire, I just let the movie play out, and my attention was directed elsewhere. I would sneak a peek every now and then; however, I just didn’t like what I was watching. 

There was no saving grace for the film, although the end credits were pretty funny. 

I am not ashamed of my opinion because I will think back on The History of the World Part I, I will consider it as terrible as Monty Python. 1/10


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