More interesting than the film are its underlying themes. For starters, Lewis acts as though he's retarded. He did this a lot when paired with Martin, who always played his cool, macho self. One wonders: Did Lewis go on to become one of the all-time-great handicapable charity fundraisers out of genuine compassion, or out of guilt?
Second, consider the Pardners' plotline: Rich-boy New Yorker Lewis cuts out on his tall socialite fiancée to chase a whiskey-soaked rancher (Martin) across the country. Along the way he showers the rancher with expensive gifts in order to win his affection and approval. Occasionally the pair break into song. Pardners was either the first gay road flick or a pioneering example of what has come to be known in pop-culture parlance as a "boy crush." -- Mike Seely
Each week the author treks to the Schlafly branch of the St. Louis Public Library, where a staff member blindfolds him and escorts him to the movie shelves. After selecting a film at random, Seely checks it out and reviews it.
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