When I was fourteen years old, I saw the movie Silver Streak. It was PG so I must have seen it with my parents. For the longest time, I remember it being one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen. It made such an impression on me as being funny that, nearly four decades later, I brought it home from the library for my kids to watch.
Okay, needless to say, it wasn't nearly as funny as I remember, my kids thought it was stupid, and all the sexual innuendo that went completely over my head at age fourteen, my teenagers caught! They asked me more than once, "And you really thought this would be appropriate for us to watch?"
Kids are different nowadays and I'm older, but there's no denying that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor were quite the comic duo! They made four films together, Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Anther You. Silver Streak is the only one I've seen, and my all-time favorite scene from that movie is the shoe polish scene. That's where I laughed the most when I saw the movie as a kid. Check out the excerpt below from Washington.post.com as Gene Wilder discusses his comic relationship with Pryor, as well as that infamous shoe polish scene!
By their third film, Wilder said in a 1989 interview, “we just get comfortable in the situation, or uncomfortable as it may be, and react to each other.” It just so happened people laughed at the result, Wilder added.The pair called the director and the scene was changed.
I think my kids did laugh at that scene and we could agree that that part of the movie really was funny! Are you a Gene Wilder fan? If so, what's your favorite Gene Wilder movie?
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