The Adventures of Ford Fairlane is an underrated movie. It’s your typical goofy late 80s/early 90s action-comedy, but Andrew Dice Clay (my favorite comedian) gives the movie a ton of charm and carries the film well. There’s also some entertaining casting choices. My personal favorite is Motley Crue’s Vince Neil as rock star Bobby Black and I always found Wayne Newton to be a legit sleazy and unlikeable guy, so it’s fitting he’s the lead villain here.
The Diceman doesn’t stretch himself too far. Ford Fairlane is basically Andrew Dice Clay and that’s what makes this movie so fun. The movie is a slick, brainless throwback to the old detective movies filled with one-liners from Ford, complete with narration by him as well. The movie falls apart a bit at the end, but that’s easily forgiven when everything previous to that has been so fun. Even my woman liked it (and she doesn’t like ANY of “my kind” of movies or Clay).
I loved the movie so much I picked up my video store’s previously viewed VHS when we started to shrink our VHS catalog. It wasn’t on DVD yet, but when it was released on DVD just a year or two later, I found it in one of those $5 DVD bins at Walmart and quickly snatched it up.
DICE FACT: DC Comics published a four-issue Adventures of Ford Fairlane prequel mini-series from May-August 1990 (yes, I own this too).