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STUDIO: Lions Gate
RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes
“What do you mean the picture doesn’t have any laughs? We included a laugh track on the goddamn disc!”
Director: Jerry Daigle
Writer: Alan Donnes and Tanner Colby
Actors: Christopher Meloni, Robert Klein, Mario Cantone, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ferrara, Larry Holmes
Remember those absolutely perverted jokes your drunk uncle would tell you at every holiday party. Yeah, this is a film adaptation of that.
Seeing as this went DTV, this just comes across as a veiled threat by a raving luddite.
National Lampoon originated as groundbreaking humor magazine. It’s radio programs proved to be the jumping off point for massive talent such as John Belushi, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Their name was attached pieces of great like Animal House and Vacation. Then it became the receiving end of a hostile takeover, lead by none other than Tim Matheson. Otter, how could you! The brand has been in a nose-dive ever since. With Dirty Movie they may have finally crashed and burned.
This will definitely not come back to haunt him years later and cause him to be tormented endlessly. Or turn to drugs and alcohol at a very young age. Or end in a stand-off with 14 SWAT officers in tenement house at the age of 17.
Lauper’s not the only “celebrity appearance,” but she’s probably the biggest. The others happen in a short narrative that plays throughout. These segments feature Christopher Meloni (who’s proven to have some comedic chops in Wet Hot American Summer), Robert Klein (a Dean of Comedy – whatever that means) and Mario Cantone (no comment). This entire unfunny “subplot” is about Meloni playing a producer who wants to make a movie entirely full of dirty jokes and every character tells him it’s a terrible idea. It’s like the filmmakers sub-conscious sending them a message.
By the end of Dirty Movie I felt as if I had seen something quite reprehensible, as if everyone involved had no clue about advance in comedy after 1976. It’s an egregious waste of time and I hope no one who reads this lets their curiosity get the best of them. Except for those working on a screenplay based on dirty limericks.
Same as the movie, a whole lot of nothing.
Out of a Possible 5 Stars