Reviewed by: Spencer Schumacher
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem?
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|Featuring||Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry, Carlos Mencia, Scott Wilson, Danny McBride, Stephanie Courtney, Polly Holliday, Roy Jenkins|
|Director||Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly|
|Producer||Marc S. Fischer, John Davis, Joe Rosenberg|
In 1998 the Farrelly Brothers (King Pin, Fever Pitch) teamed up with Ben Stiller to introduce a new kind of hair gel, nine years later the three have teamed up to push bad taste to new depths.
Eddie (Ben Stiller) pressured by his father (real life father, Jerry Stiller) to settle down, gets married to Lila who he meets while coming to her rescue when she is apparently robbed and has her purse stolen. Though he barely knows her, Lila seems to be the girl of his dreams and so they marry and set off to find fantasy in a Cabo San Lucas honeymoon.
The fantasy turns into a nightmare as Eddie soon realizes Lila is not the woman he imagined. Determined to make the marriage work he decides to ‘suck it up’. While out on a moonlight walk of reflecting Eddie runs into Miranda, who is in Cabo with her family celebrating a family anniversary. Because of a series of interruptions and misunderstandings Eddie is never able to tell Miranda he is married and starts hanging out with her and her family, who become very endearing to Eddie.
The romance of the story is Eddie finding that he is really in love with Miranda and searching for a way to break off the marriage to Lila without breaking her heart.
The performances by Stiller and the rest of the cast are fine, but unless you are fond of crude, bodily-function humor this romantic-comedy is neither very funny, nor very romantic.
If there ever was truth in advertising it’s the TV spots for this movie which claim that most of the movie is too offensive to be shown in a prime time ad. Well, for once a trailer delivers exactly what it promises. The movie is intentionally offensive and anyone offended by the type of humor demonstrated in Farrelly Brothers movies like ‘Something about Mary’ would be advised to skip this one. The movie is rated ‘R’ and earns every ounce of its rating with continuous vulgarity consisting of the regular four letter expressions, and instances where the writers create their own form of hybrid multi-word conglomerations of profanity. There are a couple sex scenes that are fairly explicit with the accompanying nudity. There is a suggested scene of beastiality between a woman and a donkey which leaves nothing up to the imagination in terms of how well the animal is endowed. There are scenes of crude, bathroom humor and bodily function jokes involving Lila’s deviated septum.
When all is said and done the movie offers very little as far as a redemptive change in Eddie. Though we sympathize for the predicament Eddie has put himself in with his rush to matrimony, he continues to deceive, lie and cheat while pursuing one woman while married to another. If the movie has any redeeming qualities, it definitely sends the message to take your time before getting married, unfortunately you have to go through a lot of unsavory celluloid to get to this little nugget of truth.
The film is rated R and runs 115 minutes.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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