Video Review

Babulu Music! (1991)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Musical; With: Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball; Distributor: Fox Home Video

The idea behind Babalu Music! is simple: to excerpt on one convenient videocassette the best musical numbers from I Love Lucy, with an emphasis on the Desi Arnaz Cuban stuff that provided some of the show's most memorably surreal moments. For whatever reasons, though, compiler-producer ''Weird Al'' Yankovic has decided to dilute the concept by including whitebread Tin Pan Alley standards (''Cheek to Cheek'') and sappy love songs (''We're Having a Baby''). Speaking as a Lucy agnostic, I find most of this only fitfully entertaining (at least out of context), although it should be noted that the ''Babalu'' number itself, with a tuxedoed Arnaz going hysterically over the top while whomping on a conga drum, is itself worth the price of the tape. Barely. B-

Originally posted Oct 25, 1991 Published in issue #89 Oct 25, 1991 Order article reprints