Little Shop of Horrors Review

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Weedy flower shop boy Seymour has always adored shopgirl Audrey. When he discovers a fascinating, unusual plant which becomes the talk of the neighborhood, he names it after her and his affections become clear. However, the plant, Audrey II, requires a little more than fishbone meal to grow big and strong, and soon it's bigger than all of them...


Though the stage musical on which Frank Oz bases his film was itself based on a low-budget Roger Gorman film, he elects to do it as a kind of filmed stage performance, complete with a Supremes-style girl trio - Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette! - acting as a kind of Greek chorus.

Loaded down with the kind of big, stagey musical routines that please theatergoers more than moviegoers, but livens up when Martin puts in his appearances as sadistic biker/dentist Orin Scrivello, particularly his scene with Bill Murray reprising the masochist played in the original film by Jack Nicholson.

Ellen Greene is also tragically adorable as the squeaky put-upon girlfriend dreaming of the perfect nuclear family, plastic furniture and air freshner.

Some of the slower tunes tend to grind but the sort of musical/ retro irony is still amusing in places. Not if you don't like dentists though.