This was kinda stupid funny. I enjoyed it enough, but I felt I'd have liked it way more if I was all fucked up on drugs.
This film is about a guy who is trying to keep the family business going after his dad has died. The business is a WILD KINGDOM type show but the people making it should legaly NEVER be allowed around cmaeras or animals. They are all pot smoking idiots and losers. After screwing up one too many times, it seems, they are finally getting cancelled and another show just like it... only with far more competent people running it with an asshole as the host, is taking thier spot. A long time friend of Zahn's dad claims to have found Bigfoot and has a map he's selling which Zahn thinks will be just what the show needs to save it. Chaos, as you can imagine, ensues.
The build up to the eventual finding of Bigfoot is funny, but not really. This was another film that really needed to just go straight to DVD or COMEDY CENTRAL. I am still trying to figure out how this got a theatrical release, it makes no sense. They probably spent more money and effort making film prints then they did on the actual film. It looked really cheap like a made fo tv film.
The only reason I paid to go see this is because I like Steve Zahn. He's funny and I enjoy watching him. He wss the perfect straight guy to all the rest of the cast who were all idiots. This felt like Steve Zahn had a friend who really wanted to make a movie and Steve felt sorry for the guy so he agreed to be in it. It's an easy pay check. Justin Long is completely wasted here, both his talent and himself. I don't think they had a good enough make up person on the set to give him the completely toasted look he had on screen. I'm guessing they all just wanted a few days to smoke up and said "Lets make a movie of it!" or something.
Harry Hamlin, surprisingly, stands out as the host of the rival wilderness show. he really comes across as a total dick, even in death.
There were some pretty funny gags in here though, I will admit. I couldn't help to laugh when they meet up with a guy named 'Dick' and everyone has to make fun of his name like they were all in elementary school. "Does your name get hard in the mornings for no reason?" was a absolutely stupid line that will stay with me forever. The scenes that are just animals in the wild with the voiceover were all pretty laugh out loud as well. It reminded me of FARCE OF THE PENGUINS and just how much funnier THAT movie was compared to this one.
Overall, I'd say don't waste the effort unless you are totally jonesing fo some stoner comedy and are tired of watching HALF BAKED, DAZED AND CONFUSED, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, THE STONED AGE or any other film you probably have seen a million times.
RATING: D+. Catch it on HBO when you are to baked to reach for the remote.
(edited by Cerebus on 6.2.08 1824) Forget it Josh... it's Cerebustown.
I agree with your 24 comparison, but who's to say that the mythical crew that is filming this documentary didn't have the manpower to say "Hey, lets follow Dwight for a bit and get some footage so we can do a follow up with him at some point"...