Dir: Cliff Roquemore (Human Tornado/Rude)
Starring: Rudy Ray Moore, Leroy and Skillet
The film opens with Petey (Rudy Ray Moore) telling the tale of his birth,Which shows his mother going into labor at home during a huge storm in Miami, Florida first giving birth to a watermelon then he is birthed a full grown child appearing to be around 12. Once he exits his mothers womb he jumps up and attacks the delivering doctor for smacking him on the bottom. Shortly after we see young Petey being bullied by some neighborhood kids and after trying to fight the gang off he is approached by Batu, An old man who takes Petey under his wing to teach him the ways of Kung-Fu. While the credits role there is a short montage of Petey training and once his lessons are done he tells Batu his real dream is to be a comedian.Flash forward several years and Petey has grown up to be a successful performer.
Now Petey needs to find a way to get out of the wedding and back out of his end of the bargain.The day of the wedding arrives and Lucifer is a bit unhappy with the fact that Petey has been using his powers for good helping out people in the ghetto but he does take Petey to a special hideout to provide him with a private bachelor party where he is treated to an orgy of she devils. After Petey's fling he comes up with a plan to trick the devil by making a mask duplicate of his face to put on a wino and send the decoy off to marry his daughter. Everything seems to be going according to plan until The wino wakes up and takes the mask off revealing the fact that Petey and his friends are trying to skip town.
One thing I love about the films of Rudy Ray Moore is that they are they perfect example of the phrase " So Bad they are good" , Because that is exactly what they are. All of his films are so goofy and over the top that you cannot help but love them. From the extremely corny dialog to the costumes to the truly cheesy fight scenes , All of his films are nothing but fun from beginning to end. I will say that the fight choreography in this one is far better than his other films but that is not saying much because it is still awful, But hilarious at the same time. Leroy and Skillet are great as the villains in this one as it is so out of character for them it is just a joy to watch them try and be evil. Rudy Ray Moore as usual delivers dialog like no one else can from the rhyming to the attempts to be serious he is awesome once again. This is exactly the type of Blaxploitation film I would suggest to those looking to get into the genre , Because it is just pure fun. No it is not Shaft or Super Fly which are a more serious take on the genre but sometimes the more serious films are not the best way to get into a genre especially for younger film fans as they seem to have shorter attention spans and get bored so easily , A film like this is just so fast paced and goofy it is hard not to watch every moment wanting to see what next ridiculous thing is done or said. Now that I got my Moore fix out of the way I will be taking on a whole spectrum of Blaxploitation from drama to action to horror to comedy. One thing about Blaxploitation cinema is that it is a genre that has so many sub genres in itself it is impossible to put in a box of it's own.
Now as for Petey Wheatstraw......
I am going to rate these a little different than most films due to the fact they are all so different so I will just provide a overall score for these film reviews
Overall: 6.5 out of 10