The Gods Must Be Crazy

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Walk-In Theater -- sponsored by the merchants of the Bledsoe Building in West Asheville -- will present The Gods Must Be Crazy Friday, May 9, at dusk in the parking lot behind the Bledsoe building. Admission is free, and as usual, patrons are asked to leave pets and coolers at home, but to bring lawn chairs.
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jamie Uys (Animals Are Beautiful People)
Starring: Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo N!xau, Louw Verwey
Rated: PG

I’ve never completely understood the fuss over this little movie from 1980 about the adventures of an African bushman (N!xau) who finds a Coca-Cola bottle that’s fallen from an airplane. The premise is simple—the bottle turns out to have several utilitarian uses, but when his people start to fight over it, the bushman decides to go throw the thing over the “edge of the earth” and be done with it. Yes, it’s a genial, quaint little movie that is impossible to dislike. And nearly all the footage involving N!xau and his people is pretty pleasant, even if the standard humorous James Uys narration (see also his 1974 film Animals Are Beautiful People) wears thin after a while. There is, however, more to the film in terms of depicting the (naturally) unpleasant and unhappy civilized world—the kind of thing that serves to make primitive society look more desirable … at least from the comfort of your couch. Beyond that, there’s Uys’ penchant for very broad Jerry Lewis-like slapstick, and your enjoyment of that depends entirely on your penchant for said slapstick.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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