Movie Mind Says: Wait for PPV
If You Like This You Should Watch: Wet Hot American Summer, Step Brothers
Better Than: The Promotion
Worse Than: Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin
Starring: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks
Tired…old…unoriginal…no, I am not talking about myself or my writing style! I am talking about the pathetic attempts at humor in the latest version of “let’s stoop as low as possible for a few cheap laughs.” What, Will Ferrell’s expose in Step Brothers wasn’t enough for you? Well tune in here to see young kids cursing and given creepy advice by older men! I know, it sounds absolutely hilarious, right? Wrong. The Movie Mind can only hope this string of Superbad inspired wannabes and rip-offs try going anti-Hollywood and actually creating something original for a change. Oh well, I guess a guy can only dream.
Paul Rudd the actor I can dig. He’s got a quick, dry wit and is a raunchier and less cheesy version of Zach Braff. Paul Rudd the writer, not so much. His first foray into a feature comedy script was a flop in my opinion, with each lame recycled joke worse than the last. I counted about three times I let out a mere chuckle, and only one of those was a verbal gaff. The rest of the time this film dragged on with a plot so shallow and dimwitted it makes Dumb n Dumber look like The Gofather.
Once again Stiffler (Seann William Scott) is able to collect a check on the coattails of a character that someone else created for him. His character, Wheeler, is an energy drink mascot who teams up with Danny (Rudd) to go from school to school and talk about the dangers of drugs. Then in a true ironic twist, we learn that they actually do drugs themselves. Danny is fed up in his dead-end career and because of his meltdown, he and Wheeler are sentenced to community service. Their mission is to play “Big Brother” to a couple of outcasts in an outreach program. Wheeler’s kid is a little punk who likes to curse at him, and Dann’y kid is a way less funny McLovin’ that enjoys Dungeons and Dragons role play. The story takes some more lame turns and attempts to derive a sense of morality from these grownups learning a thing or two from these kids.
If you want to argue that there are some more humorous parts to this film than I say here, then I’ll be willing to discuss it. But if you honestly want to claim this movie has a shred of originality or creativity, then I’ll slam the door in your face. This film has about as much creativity and originality as the fifth season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. I was truly hoping for something better our of Rudd and will give another shot. Word to the wise though Paul, keep the Stiffmeister as far away as possible.
Interesting Cameo Appearance: Matt Walsh (aka Walsh from Old School, otherwise known as the guy who works with Mitch and wants to be part of the fraternity, “Don’t blackball me Mitch…I need this!”) as a LAIRE uber-nerd swordfighter, Davith of Glencracken.
Wheeler: What up, Ronnie?
Ronnie: No, I don’t wanna take my pants off!
Ronnie: Suck it, “Reindeer Games”!
Danny: I’m not Ben Affleck.
Ronnie: You white, then you Ben Affleck.