Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls

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Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls
Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls poster.jpg
Directed by Bryan Michael Stoller
Produced by Jeff Assofsky
Gloria Pryor
Bryan Michael Stoller
Written by Bryan Michael Stoller
Starring Eric Roberts
Charlie Schlatter
Brande Roderick
Michael Jackson
Music by Greg Edmonson
Cinematography Bryan England
Edited by Michael Murphy
Production
  company
Island Productions
Distributed by Showcase Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • April 22, 2004 (2004-04-22) (WorldFest Houston)
  • July 26, 2005 (2005-07-26) (United States)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million

Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls (also known as Miss Cast Away and as Silly Movie 2 as titled for re-release in 2008) is a 2004 American parody anarchic comedy film written and directed by Bryan Michael Stoller, produced on a $2 million budget. It features Michael Jackson in his final scripted film performance.

Plot[edit]

A plane carrying beauty contestants crash lands on a deserted island. Captain Maximus Powers (Roberts) and co-pilot Mike Saunders (Schlatter) have to take care of their passengers, while avoiding the dangers of Jurassic Pork (a giant prehistoric pig) and a group of apes busy trying to relaunch Noah's Ark.

An R2D2-like droid projects an image of agent M.J. (Jackson)[1] who has been assigned by the Vatican to manipulate the castaways for the Vatican's own purposes.

Cast[edit]

Cameo appearances[edit]

Director Bryan Michael Stoller was able to get famous actors, such as Jerry Lewis, Pat Morita, and Bernie Kopell to appear in cameo roles for the movie.

Michael Jackson's scenes were filmed on Neverland Ranch, where Jackson lived during that time.[1]

Film production and release[edit]

Bryan Michael Stoller was given permission to shoot Michael Jackson's scenes at Neverland Ranch. He later said that while it was exciting to be given such a rare privilege, it presented its disruptions to the filming process at times. In an MTV interview, he said:

"It's his home. It's all normal to him that there's a train running around the property tooting its horn," the director recalled of a noisy interruption that appears among the DVD's bonus features. "[Another time] his staff brought us soup, so we were sipping soup and talking, and these two elephants walk by outside. Michael's continuing to sip his soup like a fly flew by, and I turn to Michael and look at him and he's not even acknowledging the elephants."[1]

Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls was due to be released in theaters in the summer of 2004, but Jackson's legal problems during that time made the movie's distributors wary of releasing the movie. Director Stoller explained in a news release: "We've sort of had to put things on hold. It's a shame because Jackson has an amazing vision." The movie release date was also put in doubt due to worries of executives at 20th Century Fox that the title was too close to Tom Hanks' hit film Cast Away.[2]

The film was shown in three film festivals during 2004, was shown on television in Russia in 2005, and was finally released to DVD in the United States in July 2005.[3]

In July 2011, it was announced in a press release that the film will have its world premiere on My Family TV, Retro Television Network and Tuff TV in Fall 2011, followed by a special limited DVD release featuring 20 minutes of unreleased footage of Jackson's involvement in the film. Curiously, the press release did not mention the film by name, only that it was described falsely as "Michael Jackson's last movie" (while this film was Jackson's last scripted appearance, his actual last movie was his concert film, Michael Jackson's This Is It, in 2009). The press release only gave away the fact that it was Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls by its description: "The film is a comedy that spoofs movies and television programs like Miss Congeniality, Planet of the Apes, Cast Away, Love Boat, Gilligan's Island, The Sixth Sense, Jurassic Park, Men in Black and more. Michael Jackson plays the role of Agent MJ. Jackson's scenes were shot at his Neverland Ranch home."[4]

Reception[edit]

The film received entirely negative reviews, and has regularly been a part of the Bottom 100 list on IMDb, most recently at #21.[5]

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