¡Three Amigos! (1986)
We here at Hard Tick to Home Video rant and rave about how great the 70s and 80s comedies were and if you don’t believe us, you are a dirt-eating piece of slime! You are a scum-sucking pig! You are a son of a motherless goat!! Seriously, if you need further proof why that era had better comedies watch Three Amigos. I wasn’t even paying enough attention back in 1986 when this came out and it feels like Three Amigos just snuck out there. That’s how great the 80s comedies were; they came out in droves! Looking at the premise—3 silent-era hollywood actors that are mistaken for real western heroes hired to help a poor Mexican town from a gang of thugs. Only in the 80s were such wacky movies made. Like Ishtar—how did that get financed and made? Crazy. But anyway, look at the cast & crew and that’s probably how it was made; Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short directed by John Landis and co-written by Lorne Michaels. I’d certainly buy that for a dollar. But if you’ve never seen Three Amigos, do yourself a favor and correct your pea-brained mistake. It has a lot of laughs. You might say it has a plethora of laughs.
Sometime in the 90s, when I was in high school, a lot of 80s comedies were getting back in cables’ rotation and rediscovered by me and my peers. Like The Goonies and Three Amigos and being older we got the more mature jokes or better appreciated the sillier jokes that we may have missed. Just the title alone is hilarious and I never really thought twice about it when I was younger. It should be ¡Tres Amigos!? Singing “My Little Buttercup” with my friends in Chemistry class still is a great memory for me. It’s just so dumb and silly for a grown man to sing it’s down right hysterical.
The film was also co-written by singer/songwriter Randy Newman (Yes the “I Love LA” guy as well as the guy who sings most of the Pixar movie songs) and he is responsible for such a fine ditty as “My Little Buttercup” as well as the title song and “Blue Shadows” all serious-ish in nature in contrast to the spoof film. “My Little Buttercup” may be silly but it sounds like something that would have been wearing down needles on a classic gramophone in the 1920s. It fits the era despite it sounding corny to the 1980s and was not intended to be a spoofy song. Same for Blue Shadows which is as good as any cowboy song in any western.
*Fun Fact: Randy Newman is the Singing Bush!