Three Amigos (1986)

Three Amigos Quote: “Jefe, would you say I have a plethora of piñatas?” – El Guapo

Here at Shat The Movies, we pride ourselves on seeing beyond nostalgia, beyond our personal memories, and really asking ourselves, “Does this ’80s movie actually hold up?”

That solemn task has never been harder than when Big D and Gene were forced to stare their own childhoods in the eye, tip their sombreros, and honestly dig into “Three Amigos.”

With Ash asking, “What is this movie?” and Randy Newman in the writing credits, there were moments Dick and Gene had their doubts: Is Chevy Chase capable of being funny? Was Martin Short the right choice for Ned Nederlander? Is this comedy good or just memorable?

“No!” Big D bravely shouted. “This is a classic movie of sight gags, of talented actors, and … rich backstories?

Listen as the Shat Crew wonders who B.J. Novak is, ponders whether Galaxy Quest was funnier, guesses how Billy The Kid would fare in Santo Poco, and spills a little tea in the mix.

Plot Summary: “Three Amigos” Three cowboy movie stars from the silent era — Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), Lucky Day (Steve Martin), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short) — are fired when one of their movies bombs. In what seems to be a career-saving offer, young Mexican woman Carmen (Patrice Martinez) offers them a high-paying gig in her village. The three jump at the opportunity, expecting to do their typical act, but Carmen believes they are really heroes and asks them to rid her village of bad guy El Guapo (Alfonso Arau).

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