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Impossible Questions: Can’t Stop the Questions – The Answer!

April 29, 2015

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What one weird thing does the Village People’s 1980 movie Can’t Stop the Music have in common with the 2007 The Simpsons Movie

They’re the only two major motion pictures released in the U.S. to contain male nudity that didn’t earn an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.

Can’t Stop the Music is one of the most disastrous films of all time. It was released in 1980, at the tail end of the public’s interest in disco, in particular its subject, disco group the Village People. The film tells a fictionalized account of how the cop, Native American, construction worker, the leather guy, and the rest became a band, and it co-stars Steve Guttenberg, and Bruce Jenner, who reportedly turned down the lead in Superman to make this movie musical directed by Nancy Walker. She’s best known for her supporting role on Rhoda and as a commercial pitchwoman for Bounty paper towels. This was her first (and last) directing gig. The movie flopped, was critically savaged, and inspired the creation of the Razzies, the Oscars of bad film.

In the movie’s showstopper, a largely locker room-set performance of the Village People’s “YMCA,” lots of men walk around wearing towels, but those towels don’t stay on, and glimpses of full-frontal male nudity made it into the otherwise innocuous film. The MPAA rated it PG.

The Simpsons Movie begins with a nude Bart Simpson skateboarding through town. In a clever joke, he skateboards by a window, where a long sign obscures his genitals…then skateboards by another window, which obscures everything but his genitals. The MPAA gave The Simpsons Movie a PG-13 rating, meaning that it finds animated genitals more offensive than real ones.

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The Book of Impossible Questions was a great companion on a road trip my wife and I recently took. It did however bring up an impossible question of our own. Page 70 of the book states people taste like pork, who confirmed this? We are worried about Uncle John’s staff! I also posted this on FB.

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