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I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Child Stars” with a minor in “SPOOKY GHOSTS”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week Supercult finds itself in a sticky situation…This calls for The Peanut Butter Solution!
Michael Baskin is just your average 11-year old boy until a run-in with some ghosts gives him a case of ‘the Fright’, an illness that causes him to lose all his hair! But there’s a solution to Michael’s problem…a Peanut Butter Solution that is! But this mysterious concoction comes with a warning: Don’t use too much peanut butter or watch out! Now Michael’s hair is growing out of control and it’s causing him all sorts of problems. Can Michael find a permanent fix to his HAIRY situation, or will the Peanut Butter Solution be his undoing?!
Released in 1985, the Peanut Butter Solution is a family film directed by Michael Rubbo and is the 2nd in the Tales for All series of children’s movies created by Les Productions la Fête, a Canadian production company who’s website dubs them “A company involved in quality youth production.” The Tales for All series includes 22 titles produced between 1984 and 2002, including such gems as “The Dog Who Stopped the War”, “Bach and Broccoli”, “Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller”, and “Tadpole and the Whale”. Nearly all of the films have ridiculous, if charming, storylines comparable to American titles like “The Sandlot” or “Angels in the Outfield” and some have been released as books. The main difference is that in some cases there’s bad French to English dubbing.
The Peanut Butter Solution is probably one of the most ridiculous and convoluted of the bunch and, at least on paper, comes off as a rejected concept for a Roald Dahl novel. Putting aside the fact that the main character makes a hair growth solution who’s main ingredient is peanut butter, the story takes several awkward and nonsensical turns such as when Michael’s friend Connie applies the concoction to his pubic area in an attempt to create the illusion that he’d going through puberty to disastrous results.
Little did you know that such a bizarre and obscure film features songs performed by Céline Dion and that Skippy peanut butter paid for prominent product placement in the film. Then you realize that all this effort is being put into the story of a boy disobeying the warnings of ghosts and turning into Cousin It from the Adam’s family overnight. Meanwhile, Michael’s sister takes over the role of the mom in the family complete with dealing with the father’s issues and wearing the mother’s clothes and shoes around the house. You know…cuz it’s funny!
Remember watching weird kids movies from the 80’s? Like “The Never Ending Story”, or “Labyrinth”, or “The Dark Crystal”? The Peanut Butter Solution is just like those movies: Fantastically weird and charming, but also sort of unsettling, and balls-off-the-walls nightmarish. The only difference is that it’s Canadian, which in my opinion just makes it worse. Just think…they’re up there…on the other side of the longest undefended international border in the world…thinking this shit up! And we want to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico?
There is little to no information of the film on the Internet. Most search results yield nostalgic bloggers lambasting it for its premise. Michael Hogan, who plays the father Billy Baskin, also played Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica, but other than that the Peanut Butter Solution stars a bunch of Canadians you don’t know, and has scarred more childhoods than the creepy boat ride scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It has a 6.4 on IMDB, and had a budget of 2 and a quarter million Canadian Dollars. It has no critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and, rather than an audience score, the site shows that 25% of users WANT to see the movie. No one has seen The Peanut Butter Solution, and only a quarter of those people even WANT to see it! This is, like, DEFCON 1 obscurity here!
It’s a hair-raising comedy adventure for the whole family! Grab a jar of peanut butter…BUT DON’T USE TOO MUCH! The Supercult Show proudly presents The Peanut Butter Solution!