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Knights of Badassdom

There's a chink in this armor.


Comedy

Rod Lott
In 2008, the third act of the guy comedy Role Models used LARPing — live-action role-playing, that is — as a backdrop for our protagonists' lessons learned. Today, Knights of Badassdom extends that half-hour into a full feature, to the point where viewers are left not smiling, but exhausted. 
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

Badfellas.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Leaving the recent Academy Awards empty-handed, Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street nonetheless is one of the few 2013 Best Picture nominees we'll still be watching decades later.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

When there's a Will, there's a way-out comedy.


Comedy

Rod Lott
By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John, I just don't understand those who knock Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as “a retread.” That's like saying you don't like sex because it “feels the same as the last time.” If this sequel to the 2004 cult comedy weren't funny, they might be onto something. Alas, they are not.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Return to Nuke 'Em High

Radiates bad taste.


Comedy

Rod Lott
At once a reboot of and a sequel to 1986's Class of Nuke 'Em High, the comedy Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 presents a premise as thin as a used Kleenex — radioactive tacos mutate high schoolers — in order for the Troma label to unleash its distinctive brand of rapid-fire, unrestrained lunacy designed to upset everyone. It's something else, all right — I'm just unsure what that “else” is.
 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reel Zombies / Sorority Party Massacre

Ha? Bah.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Despite horror comedies being extremely difficult to pull off, indie filmmakers keep trying, to a degree of sheer obliviousness. The latest examples are Reel Zombies and Sorority Party Massacre, both of which come off as in-jokes — not exactly the most ingratiating approach for attracting an audience.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blind Date

Yippee-ki-hic!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Remove all the Billy Vera & the Beaters songs, and time has been pretty kind to 1987's Blind Date. Arguably the last good movie directed by Tulsa-born comedy legend Blake Edwards, it's new to Blu-ray, just shy of its (gulp) 30th anniversary.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Badder equals better.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Strange as it sounds, come March 2, one of the films that stands a good chance of walking home with an Academy Award is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It’s one of three nominees in the category of makeup, but still, the recognition marks real progress for films that open with a senior citizen getting his junk caught in a vending machine.
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We're the Millers

And you'll laugh lots.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Imagine if Vacation patriarch Clark W. Griswold dabbled in drugs, not food additives. That's essentially We're the Millers, a family-on-a-road-trip comedy about a fake family and fake road trip. At least the laughs are genuine, and plentiful.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas

Bah, humbug.


Comedy

Rod Lott
I plead guilty: My friends and I have goofed around with a camcorder before and made stupid movies, but we were smart enough to know that no one outside ourselves would think they were funny. If only the makers of Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas realized the same. 
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

Clear History

Curb your enthusiasm.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Technically, Larry David may not be playing "Larry David" in Clear History, but let's not kid ourselves. The made-for-HBO movie might as well be a Very Special Episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm — it has the beats, the rhythms, the observational improvisation, the happy-go-lucky music, the lisps of J.B. Smoove and, of course, Larry David doing Larry David. The guy has the range of a Playskool walkie-talkie, but hey, can't that be enjoyable for a while? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Girl Most Likely

'Girl,' corrupted.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Among the principal creatives of Girl Most Likely, five of them are Academy Award nominees of this millennium, which makes the film's failure all the more worrisome. 
 
Friday, November 8, 2013

The Big Bus

Get on the 'Bus,' Gus


Comedy

Rod Lott
Beating Airplane! to the punch — but not to pop-culture relevance — by four years was the 1976 disaster spoof, The Big Bus. Only two of the four Airport adventures had taken off at the time and were quite popular, so it's possible audiences at the time didn't have the sense of humor about it as they would today. 
 
Friday, November 1, 2013

The Hangover Part III

Let's 'Hang' again.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Once The Hangover became a monster hit in the summer of '09, a sequel was inevitable. So was the backlash, which greeted The Hangover Part II upon its arrival two years later. Complained the multiplex populace, "It's too much like the first one!" 
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This Is the End

If only that were true.


Comedy

Louis Fowler
This Is the End is the cinematic equivalent of being stuck in a living room with a group of High Times subscribers who have plenty of money to burn and plenty of fart jokes to release. Yes, there is a twist to it all, but it seems more like an afterthought than an actual plot point.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sex Kittens Go to College

And I want a scholarship!


Comedy

Rod Lott

Everything you need to know about Sex Kittens Go to College before watching Sex Kittens Go to College

 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
 
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