Ryder, P.I.

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Crime

Shot on an obviously low budget, this lame detective spoof may be of some interest only to fans of Howard Stern, as it marks the first big-screen appearance of the notorious radio shock-jock. Sky Ryder (Dave Hawthorne) is an overweight private investigator who teams up with the nerdish Eppie (Bob Nelson). Completely incompetent, the two manage to get involved...read more

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Shot on an obviously low budget, this lame detective spoof may be of some interest only to fans of Howard Stern, as it marks the first big-screen appearance of the notorious radio shock-jock. Sky Ryder (Dave Hawthorne) is an overweight private investigator who teams up with the nerdish

Eppie (Bob Nelson). Completely incompetent, the two manage to get involved in some heavy dealings in spite of their own idiocies. After rescuing Valerie (Frances Raines) from some swarthy bikers, the boys investigate a trail that leads to Latin American dope dealers who are after some land Valerie

owns. Stern makes brief, intermittent appearances as a TV news anchor with the charming sobriquet Ben Wah. RYDER, P.I. suffers from a terminal case of ludicrousness. The assumption here seems to be that if an idea is dumb, then it's also funny. The film lurches from one unfunny episode to another,

tossing in bad movie-star impersonations and television parodies in an effort to stir things up. Hawthorne is tolerable but not particularly funny, while Nelson is merely annoying. This was originally shot on videotape, then transferred to film before its release. The picture quality suffers from

the process, another inept factor in a mindless, forgettable feature.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Shot on an obviously low budget, this lame detective spoof may be of some interest only to fans of Howard Stern, as it marks the first big-screen appearance of the notorious radio shock-jock. Sky Ryder (Dave Hawthorne) is an overweight private investigator… (more)

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