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National Lampoon's Gold Diggers

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Source: Catholic News Service

Atrociously unfunny comedy about two twenty-something numskulls (Will Friedle and Chris Owen) who scheme to wed a pair of elderly sisters (Louise Lasser and Renee Taylor), then kill them for their inheritance. What they don't realize is that the geriatric heiresses are actually broke and are only marrying the greedy gigolos so they can knock them off and collect on the life insurance. Full of vulgar sight gags, this witless and woefully directed clunker by Gary Preisler should be declared a "National" disaster. Recurring lewd sexual situations and humor, sporadic violence, drug content, as well as some crass language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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