Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, and Elijah Wood in Beastie Boys’ ’Fight for Your Right Revisited.’
All Photos: Courtesy of Capitol Records
So usually when we delve into a Look By Look, it’s of a video that could be considered relatively “girly” (see the “Monte Carlo” trailer, “Till The World Ends,” and “Hold It Against Me”), but when the legendary Beastie Boys released “Fight for Your Right Revisited,” we all agreed it was too fantastically awesome to overlook. The 20-some-odd-minute short film directed by Adam Yauch is an homage to the Beasties’ former selves, but more than that, it’s a 76 trombone parade of celeb after celeb after celeb. We can only cover so many (Seriously, guys. This thing is a cast of 39, and sometimes I like to remind myself that there is a world with fresh air and warm sunlight and happy little bluebirds out there. Sorry I’m not sorry.), but walk with me here.
SETH ROGEN, DANNY MCBRIDE, AND ELIJAH WOOD
Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood are our leads, playing Mike D, MCA, and the kaYOOtest Ad-Rock EVER, respectively. The film opens as the boys just exit the party from the “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” video. The outfits are dead-on for the old-school originals. From the leather short brim hat, throwback Fila tee, to the Adidas shell tops, these ensembles remind me of simpler times when Reagan was president, Bon Jovi ruled, the economy was in the garbage and… I wasn’t born yet. Minor technicality. I was there in spirit. Or existed, at the very least, as an afterthought… forethought… whatever. (Editor’s note: GROSS that you weren’t alive yet Gaby, you tiny baby child. No disrespect to any of our readers who are also soft-skulled proto-people.)
The Beasties are met at the foot of the stairs by the couple (played by Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci) whose apartment they had just trashed. Another dead ringer for the OG video, but more important, if Susan wanted to start sporting the birth-control glasses, I would fully support it. #hipsterproblems
The trio then sets out on a destructive rampage of looting, pillaging, and dousing passersby in cheap-but-nonetheless-stolen beer/foam. One such victim is a dapper Will Arnett in a navy three-piece suit complete with canary yellow pocket square. The demise of the suit is tragic, but at least his rock-hard ’do escaped unscathed. Please also note the CUHLASSIC, French cuff, douche-hole retro banker shirt.
RAINN WILSON AND ARABELLA FIELD
Two presumed churchgoers (played by Rainn Wilson and Arabella Field) become casualties when Danny McBride perches himself atop a car, shakes up a can, and opens it, letting its contents RAIN DOWN (couldn’t resist) on any and everyone downwind. It’s fine, though, because it looks like Arabella’s cardigan is made of terry cloth or something equally absorbent.
The chaos migrates to Château de Ted et Michel Dée (shoutout to Mike D!), a fancy-pants restaurant where the majority of the celebrity cameos take place. Like, 8 seconds into the scene you see Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Shannyn Sossamon, Roman Coppola, Steve Buscemi, Alicia Silverstone, and Jason Schwartzman. Laura Dern is looking super-on-trend, sipping sweetly in ruby lips and what (dare I say) might totally be the American Apparel wool floppy hat.
Amy Poehler does her best Parisian sourpuss in a look that reads half navy-beret, half condescending scowl.
The three Beasties run into three “metal girls” coming from a Van Halen concert (as if I needed to explain the technicolor mullets). Fashion plate Chloë Sevigny does the bored-but-hot thing really well in a slashed tee, perfect tassel leather jacket, foldover boots and lace tights.
MAYA RUDOLPH AND KIRSTEN DUNST
The other two metals girls, played by Maya Rudolph and Kirsten Dunst, are a vision of late-eighties neon/animal/tutu/acid-washed/skin-tight goodness. Extra credit points for the mesh shirt UNDER the bustier. Grossmagic.
Because what music video is complete without Will Ferrell in a mariachi costume playing a cowbell atop a retro white limo?
OMG ORLANDO BLOOM. If anyone else wearing a nylon members-only jacket, a silver heart belt buckle and animal fang necklace tried to holler at me on the street, I wouldn’t think twice, and yet Orli has me swooning. WHAT/WHY/TELL ME HOW. LOL at the super murderer-ish wood paneled station wagon in the background.
WILL FERRELL, JOHN C. REILLY, AND JACK BLACK
Finally, SURPRISE!!!! The boys are confronted by another trio FUTURE BEASTIES (played by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black) with a Delorean, checked dance mat, and massive Say Anything style boombox. They have a dance off, things get messy, etc etc JUST WATCH THE VIDEO ALREADY. And if you’ve already seen it, WATCH IT AGAIN!
+ WATCH THE FULL BEASTIE BOYS’ ’FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT REVISITED’ VIDEO BELOW!!!!