|04.04.09||DVD||I thought this was funny enough to pick up on DVD. I like David Wain. I like Paul Rudd. I like funny. I laughed. Uh... that's about it!|
|09.24.08||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2008|
For the midnight secret screening, all week we were pretty much sure this would be My Name is Bruce, but by the end cracks in our logic started showing through. Apparently, on Bruce Campbell's website he had listed him being in town on this date showing that movie. Similar to the "secret" of the closing night film, there's an ad for My Name is Bruce in the program book. Pretty straight forward. But then I saw the October Alamo ad reel and they're advertising his appearance there, plus if it's authorized to be on Cambell's website why wouldn't they want festivalgoers to know he'd be there... so there were doubts. Then it was this.
This was pretty conventional. Some would say formulaic. Others would say it's paint by numbers comedy. I can't really dispute that. Exactly what you think happens in a story about a couple of immature douchebag guys forced to take care of socially-awkward-in-a-humorous-way kids happens. No surprises, no deviations, nothing off-center at all (which is surprising coming from Wain). Here's the thing though: I laughed. I laughed a lot. I thought the jokes were funny and Paul Rudd had good chemistry with Seann William Scott and I even got a kick out of Jane Lynch's one-joke character. I know it doesn't make sense, but I also can't deny that I enjoyed myself. the term "Whispering Eye" is hilarious, Rudd's analysis of Starbucks preached straight to my soul, and what can I say other than I liked it!