Written by Peter Gaulke, Fred Wolf
Directed by Fred Wolf
2008 - Paramount
Cast: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert. Jonah Hill. Kevin Heffernan. Justin Long. Peter Dante.
Eclectic Rating: stars
This was a pretty bad movie, and it's not like it fell apart half way through or something, it never really came together in the first place.
I was looking forward to seeing Strange Wilderness since the trailers and commercials started rolling in 2008, it just seemed like it would be funny. I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that there were at least some funny parts, but certainly not enough to carry the film through.
There is a plot but it plays out poorly, just not cohesive, and it isn't made urgent enough for us to really care about it. The characters are generally dumb goofs with no personally redeeming qualities so basically we don't care about any of them, and that makes for a dull experience. There are no situations funny enough or dramatic enough to pull us through so the whole thing just falls flat.
When I saw familiar faces begin to appear in the cast, many from the classic Adam Sandler movies and Kevin Heffernan of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, I was lulled into thinking it would be okay, but I was sadly mistaken.
In my opinion the movie is a bit of a let down. It doesn't even work on a stupid-funny level like many other films do; Super Troopers, Dumb and Dumber, et al. I shouldn't even lump Super Troopers in here because it is a brilliant, well done comedy movie.
The bad parts of Strange Wilderness were so bad that they seemed to negate any good stuff. There is just no rhyme or reason for many of the gags.
The only characters I remotely enjoyed were Junior (Jusin Long) and Danny (Peter Dante) because these actors have some quality that makes them likable in general and Dante is just naturally goofy already.
Nice attempt, but it just didn't work. Every film, every story needs some kind of redeeming aspect, something for the viewer to take away from the experience, even if it's just a really good time. Strange Wilderness has nothing, not even enough sincere comedy to make it.
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Last Update: 10 May, 2019