Which Way Is Up?

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

Pryor made a name for himself with his bizarre caricatures that took advantage of supposed liberal attitudes toward racial differences during the 1970s. But the difference between his performance in this film and in GREASED LIGHTING and SILVER STREAK is immense. In those films his characters were funny and even a bit insightful, but here they are embarrassing...read more

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Pryor made a name for himself with his bizarre caricatures that took advantage of supposed liberal attitudes toward racial differences during the 1970s. But the difference between his performance in this film and in GREASED LIGHTING and SILVER STREAK is immense. In those films his

characters were funny and even a bit insightful, but here they are embarrassing and trite. Based on Lina Wertmuller's THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI, this film offers Pryor as a southern California grove worker who suddenly finds himself involved politically in the lives of overworked and underpaid

laborers. His position doesn't sit well with the owners, so Pryor is forced to flee to the city, where he picks up nasty habits that eventually leave him alone and friendless because of his incredible greed. The problem with this characterization is that the audience cannot possibly like this guy

either; he just fails to evoke any form of sympathy, making it impossible for his situation to appear the least bit humorous. Pryor carries two other roles in this film that are just as ridiculous and hard to care about: an unscrupulous minister and the father of the orange-picking Pryor. It's a

real shame to have to watch a person with Pryor's ability to captivate an audience wallow in such trash.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Pryor made a name for himself with his bizarre caricatures that took advantage of supposed liberal attitudes toward racial differences during the 1970s. But the difference between his performance in this film and in GREASED LIGHTING and SILVER STREAK is im… (more)

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