Reviewed bynickrogers1969Vote: 9/10/10
I love crazy sixties films and this is one of them. I'm not a JerryLewis fan but I thought he was funny, not over the top or exaggerating.Connie Stevens is very cute in the American girl next door kind of way.
Anita Ekberg surprised me. It was so bizarre that this La Dolce Vitastar would team up with Jerry Lewis but she did, and it proves she wasa good comedienne too. In this film she's a brunette (awful hairdo,tho) and looks not a little like Garbo! The poor thing has to wearbathing suits the entire film.
Robert Morley is in it too and is as lovable British as ever. He couldmake any part he played lively and fun. James Brolin and Linda Harrison(Planet of the Apes) are in it too, as is Dennis Weaver.
The special effects are quite good for 1966 and quite camp for today.The title tune by Lalo Schifrin is catchy. I saw this on a German DVDin English with the soundtrack at times changing to German at times.Really bizarre to see Jerry Lewis in space in German!
Reviewed byrooprectVote: 6/10/10
A few parts had me howling, even though the rest of the room was deadquiet. But I've always been a fan of Jerry's more subtle "deadpan"humour and surrealistic, wordless scenes where the comedy seeps intoyou rather than the bang-pow punchline type of laugh.
For example in CINDERFELLA there's that scene where he's trying tolight his stepbrother's cigarette. No music, no dialogue, no cameramotion at all. Just 120 seconds of pure disaster. Or in NUTTY PROFESSORthere's the hilarious scene where he timidly enters the dean'soffice--again, no sound, no words, just a thick, hilarious atmosphere.
WAY... WAY OUT has a few of those types of gags, and they werebrilliantly done, including one of the funniest gags I've ever seen("If I'm not mistaken, that's Stella Mary right there"). Unfortunatelythe film seemed to switch gears halfway through, once they're on themoon, and it became more of a silly sitcom. Still, I enjoyed it untilthe end.
A word about the visual presentation: magnificent! Sure, we don'tgenerally go to Jerry Lewis movies to see artistic cinematography, butit's there. The sets are surreal (futuristic in a cool retro-60s way).Everything was large and colourful. Shots are framed wonderfully (besure to see it in widescreen). The camera moves smoothly andbrilliantly throughout the action. But then, as I said above,everything changes once they're on the moon. The sets become smaller,more claustrophobic and less grandiose. This returns us to the sillysitcom feel.
Overall it was wacky & entertaining. I think it's best watched bypeople who are familiar with Jerry's subtle style, rather than hisslapstick skits. For that reason I'm afraid most people will bedisappointed. But a few of you may really enjoy it.
Reviewed byplanktonrulesVote: 5/10/10
"Way...Way Out" is an unusual Jerry Lewis film mostly because it isn'treally a comedy. Sure, it has a few laughs here and there, but theoverall effect is more like a commentary about the Cold War than afunny film. To put it bluntly, it isn't particularly funny--though itis interesting.
The film is set in the near future. There is an American and Russianbase on the Moon and both are quite small--with two persons in each. Asfor the American base, the men aboard keep going crazy--presumablybecause they cannot function without women. But, the Russians have senta man-woman team and their base is functioning much better. So, thehead of the American space agency (an oddly cast Robert Morley) hasdetermined that the next team going to the station will be married. Theproblem is that the next man scheduled to go (Jerry Lewis) is singleand has no particular plans to marry. But, when told they want him tomarry a pretty lady (Connie Stevens), he's in favor of the idea--butshe isn't. So, the pair agree to go and to marry but not to consummatethe marriage. The rest of the film is basically waiting until Stevenschanges her mind. In between there is a pretty silly (and forgettable)plot involving the two Russians (Dick Shawn and Anita Ekberg).
The bottom line is that the film lacks laughs but is also inoffensiveand an interesting look into the times in which it was made. A must forLewis fans--otherwise, an inoffensive time-passer and nothing more.
By the way, I am not sure why but if you watch the veteran actor SigRuman closely, you can tell his voice is dubbed. Perhaps he had troubledoing the Russian accent credibly.
In 1989, the Americans and the Russians each have a two-person base on the moon. The Americans have had to keep replacing their astronaut teams because they quickly go crazy; they have been using only male astronauts on the unspoken assumption that this would avoid any possibility of impropriety. The Russians, as godless Communists, are under no such constraints, and their male-female team has remained well-adjusted. At the start of the film, a male and female American astronaut team is sent up to replace the sex-starved all-male team. The government insists on them being married first to preserve morality. Most of the story revolves around the eventual consummation of this marriage of convenience, and around their relationship with their Russian neighbors, who keep casually dropping by.