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Leningrad Cowboys Go America

Leningrad Cowboys Go America

1989
Comedy
Music
1h 19m
The Leningrad Cowboys, a group of Finnish musicians, and their manager, travel to America seeking fame and fortune. As they cross the country, trying to get to a wedding in Mexico, they are followed by the village idiot, who wishes to join the band. (imdb)
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Leningrad Cowboys Go America

1989
Comedy
Music
1h 19m
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Rated 09 Nov 2007
81
75th
My favorite Kaurismaki film and a great road movie. Wonderful, freaky music, weird hairdos, an offbeat look on America, wry, deadpan humor and a cameo by Jim Jarmusch, what else do you need in a movie to have a good time?
Rated 17 Sep 2008
81
88th
It's impossible not to like this movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
97th
Strangely compellling.
Rated 05 Dec 2007
86
87th
The Finnish version of The Blues Brothers. All of Kaurismaki's films are rich with humor, but this is the closest I've seen him come to straight comedy, with plenty of sight gags (has anyone ever gotten so much mileage out of a hairstyle?) although the tone is still characteristically deadpan. It also showcases his deep love for classic rock 'n' roll, and the enthusiasm is infectious. The movie is a giddy delight that evokes laughter and warmth.
Rated 06 Jan 2008
75
65th
How this movie manages to be so good I have no idea. It is though. Some scenes had me laughing till I nearly cried.
Rated 21 May 2010
83
93rd
Kaurismäki's first (mostly) English-speaking movie is a real treat, definitely one of his best. It's like a Blues-Brothers-inspired minimalist road movie, with Calamari Union's absurdism and big all-male cast -- but it's considerably better than either of those movies. It's an unpretentious art movie; a hilariously silly but totally deadpan comedy; and as a musical it is kicking - before and after the band is told to play American music by Americans who then hate it. It's pretty bloody unique.
Rated 14 Jan 2024
75
60th
Good music, weird characters, crazy story, just pure fun. There is the usual Kaurismaki oddness to it, but all still mainstream enough for practically everyone to enjoy. Who does not like this movie?
Rated 31 Dec 2023
65
40th
early slapstick kaurismaki. does not have the minimalism and refinery that his longer work has. but still a fun watch.
Rated 11 Sep 2022
70
57th
The deadpan style of humor by Kaurismäki is real here, but the movie itself has a lot more cheerful mood than expected. Despite the setting being one of crumbling little towns and dirty ol' bars, the onion-eating and beer-drinking fellowship manages to keep their handsomely decorated heads up despite their continuous hardships. Maybe not my favorite by Kaurismäki so far, but certainly has plenty of funny bits.
Rated 03 Mar 2020
77
46th
A Finnish Spinal Tap but the humor is alien and uncanny. Jarmusch's cameo seemed apt, as the whole project has an air of Coffee and Cigarettes to it.
Rated 03 Apr 2016
1
3rd
I gave it 20 minutes and only saw maybe 5 jokes, all of them pretty pitiful, even a bad comedy should surely have more jokes than that
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Aki Kaurismäki #1
Rated 20 Feb 2014
77
76th
Obviously this is Kaurismaki's silliest and most purely comedic film, so it goes without saying that it lacks some of the nuance of his best work. That said, it is still really funny. Also, considering he's had a bad rock band in every one of his movies it seems almost inevitable that he would make that the focus sooner or later.
Rated 15 Nov 2012
90
17th
If this is Finnish sense of humour, I love Finland.
Rated 07 Oct 2012
70
72nd
Some scenes are so absurdly funny that they absolutely make up for the occurrences when the film just falls flat.
Rated 28 Aug 2012
82
76th
I thought I was going to get sick of this quickly, but it somehow stayed funny and interesting the whole way through. It just has a strange charm to it.
Rated 05 Jan 2012
50
23rd
Not much of a story and certainly not funny. There came a point when the deliberately bad acting and effects, done for comic effect, stopped being comic and were just bad. The best bit was the rendition of 'Wild Thing', especially the lead guitar.
Rated 17 Nov 2011
82
57th
You could call this a hypothetical mix of SPINAL TAP and BORAT, but with a tone of its own, perhaps best described as Finnish. The story: a bizarre Finnish band make their way across America, toting a dead former member...with an insane groupie in hot pursuit. Slight, to be sure, a bit repetitive, but often quite funny, thanks in large part to Aki Kaurismaki's deadpan script and subtle, deft direction. Solid acting, especially Matti Pellonpaa as the band's arrogant manager...and some fine music.
Rated 09 Sep 2010
40
34th
Some strange stuff
Rated 05 Aug 2010
65
17th
Slightly amusing, but I got tired of the wackiness about 25 minutes in.
Rated 02 Dec 2009
75
18th
Not one of the better films of Aki Kaurismäki but more as a humorous promotion for a band. Ok introduction for the Kaurismäki humour though.

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