I love off-beat comedy – especially those that involve one of my favorite B list actors. Near the top of my list would be Bruce Campbell of “Evil Dead” fame. Every time I catch one of his films I can’t help but smile, even when there is not plot and everyone around him is groan-worthy.
Thankfully, in the 2002 comedy “Bubba Ho-tep” the story can stand on its own. Campbell plays an elderly Elvis who teams up with John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis) to stop a cursed Egyptian soul-eater from overtaking their retirement home. Their performances are well-rounded and are complimented by the supporting cast. The script is a highlight: quirky and full of quotable one liners yet never strays from the plot. While the story is fairly predictable, it doesn’t matter because you’re just along for the ride.
I had put the DVD in yesterday for a little background noise and found myself sitting on the floor laughing. When a film does that it’s definitely worthy of a little attention.