Friday, August 21, 2020
J-Swift Watch Party: Thank God It's Friday (1978)
Format: Amazon Prime Streaming Watch Party
Director: Robert Klane
This was Jenifer's choice of movie for a Watch Party on Wednesday, and it was a great choice. Not a *bad* movie, but a fun one with lots of stuff to talk about. It all takes place in one night at a disco in LA, following multiple storylines. And! it features Donna Summer, Jeff Goldblum, Debra Winger, the actual Commodores, and a cast of dozens you will never see again.
It's super goofy and has that belief in discos that you one saw in a handful of movies by people you suspect hadn't really spent all that much time in a disco, but it is full of 70's-flavored male chauvinism, 70's sexism, 70's-flavored ideas about dating and marriage, and the eternal power of Goldblum and the Commodores.
Donna Summer can't act, exactly, but she was *fun*, so there's that.
You will spend a good amount of the movie runtime wondering if the movie is going to go for an endorsement of swinging, which feels odd, and in the end, I think it split the difference.
Good pick, Jenifer!