Ricky 1 is a 1988 American sports comedy film that parodies the Rocky film series. It was written, edited, produced and directed by William T. Naud (credited as "Bill Naud"). Many gags parody events in Rocky, but also make references to other films such as The Godfather.
A down-on-his-luck male stripper named Ricky Wanero (Michael Michaud) trains to become a boxing champion and take on the Silver Shadow (Hawthorne James, who would later appear in Speed).
Why It Sucks
- It tries to be a silly parody of Rocky, but it ends up being stupid and unfunny.
- The sets and costumes look awful, even by 1980s standards.
- The plot makes illogical and makes absolutely no sense at all.
- None of the jokes are even remotely funny, such as the part where Ricky reads a letter that is supposed to say "I love you", but it was misspelled and says "I lob you".
- The voice acting is extremely cringe-worthy to listen to.
- Ricky's catchphrase "Don't be negative!" is extremely repetitive and gets old fast
- There are lots of unlikable and unbearable characters here.
- Tons of pointless side-plots that go nowhere.
- Overusage of inappropriate jokes and toilet humour.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The scene involving The Godfather is the only funny part of the film.
The film remained mostly obscure, until internet personality and filmmaker James Rolfe (best known for The Angry Video Game Nerd web series) reviewed it as part of his mock feud with Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic) after the latter challenged him to review the worst nostalgic movie he could find in 2008. He panned the film for its lame jokes/visual gags, poor plot, and nonsensical references that had nothing to do with the Rocky films. The film has a 9% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and holds a 1.4 out of 10 on IMDb.
- The soundtrack was done by Jerry Goldsmith's son, Joel.