The WTF Friday Video of the Week: Matilda, The Boxing Kangaroo

Today’s WTF video comes directly from the Foywonder archives. Released in 1978, quite obscure today, Matilda was a silly box office bomb starring Elliott Gould as a hard luck agent promoting a boxing kangaroo named ‘Matilda’ looking to challenge the heavyweight boxing champion. The movie might be even more notorious as the film that nearly killed the McDonald’s Happy Meal.

The six-minute montage I put together from this enjoyably oddball obscurity should give you a good idea why Matilda was a big flop: an obvious guy in a kangaroo suit with crazy eyes, sexual harassment masquerading as romantic flirtation, random acts of shoe throwing, shameless McDonald’s product placement, and some of the most inane dialogue ever put to film. Yes, that is the late great Robert Mitchum at the end embarrassing himself by having to give one of the dumbest denouements in film history.

“I’m fighting for a man and marsupial I give a damn about!”

That line of dialogue alone warrants a WTF rating.

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