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The Disaster Movie


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Once the parodies started, my favorite was The Big Bus (1976), about a mammoth nuclear-powered bus on its maiden non-stop trip from NYC to Denver.  It relies heavily on stupid jokes and sight gags, not all of them beauts, but another one comes up while you're still groaning at the last one and a few are real winners. I love the seedy dive bar where all the bus drivers hang out. Instead of oxygen masks, the stewardesses demonstrate protective body bags which drop from the ceiling in case of nuclear contamination. Everything inside the bus is laughably out of scale, including a huge piano lounge somewhere in the middle. There's a subplot about some mysterious oil cartel bent on sabotage, which accounts for the threat of disaster. It's dumb but it has some really good laughs. 

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