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I Don’t Care What Anyone Says, ‘The Three Amigos’ Is Awesome


Comedy is a strange thing. What is hilarious for one person, makes someone else want to stab themselves in the face. Lots of people think George Lopez and Carlos Mencia are funny, while we here at Tu Vez would like to bash them both in the head with a 2×4. People are entitled to their opinion, no matter how wrong it is. As writers of the funny ourselves, we believe that one of the most underrated comedies of all time is “The Three Amigos”. A lot of people dismiss it as a piece of crap. Those people are just plain wrong.

The movie stars Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin short as three silent film era movie stars in Hollywood. They are famous for making a series of westerns where they play Mexican good guy gunslingers The Three Amigos. After they get canned from the movie studio, they are hired by a small Mexican village to deal with a real life baddie, the in-famous El Guapo, played brilliantly by Mexican actor Alfonso Arau. The Three Amigos think it’s a Mexican film production until they realize they are dealing with the real deal. Though reluctant, they set off on an adventure to stop El Guapo that includes a singing bush, a musical number with horses, and a plethora of piñatas.

“But what about the stereotypical Mexican banditos, Tu Vez? Shouldn’t you be pissed off about that?”, you might say. Look, this movie is ridiculous, but it is supposed to be. It’s a satire of old westerns and Mexican bandito movies. Even Martin Short is funny in it, and usually we find his desperate cloying need to make people laugh obnoxious. Two of the best performances are from Arau and Cuban actor Tony Plana, who plays El Guapo’s sidekick Jefe. It’s nice that they hired two Latinos to play these parts as opposed some other white SNL or SCTV alums. Director John Landis understands how to use the stereotype of the Mexican bandito correctly. He shows both how ridiculous it is and also milks it for all of their potential comic value. The film also demonstrates how absurd westerns in general can be. Most western heroes would be chewed up and spit out by real Mexican outlaws. “The Three Amigos” also displays a genuine love for the western genre, in spite of all of its wackiness. It examines films like “The Magnificent Seven”, Sam Peckinpah’s “Wild Bunch”, or Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns through a loving and hilarious lens.

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