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A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY is a textbook example of why turning a one-note five minute Saturday Night Live sketch in to a feature length movie is not a good idea. Itís like they keep the same amount of jokes but stretch out the running time an extra eighty minutes. This film is also a testament to how easily amused people can be. Two guys bobbing their heads to an annoying dance song should not have become this popular. Hearing Haddaway might be good for one or two laughs the first time, but it barely qualifies as recurring sketch-worthy and definitely not big screen worthy.
Having to give the characters a back story is the main problem. Itís fine to laugh at a couple of losers in a short skit, but in a longer movie you have to find some way for people to relate to them. That doesnít happen here, unless youíre supposed to feel pity for their inherent lameness. And itís not like the Butabi brothers are being unfairly persecuted by societyóthey actually ARE annoying losers. They might mean well, but if I heard them blathering on about Emilio Estevez outside a club or saw them wearing rayon and Speedos in public, I wouldnít exactly attempt to befriend them myself.
I know Iím making the movie sound completely worthless, but there are a few decent laughs sprinkled throughout. Having Richard Grieco play himself is stroke of mild genius. Traditional tough guy Chazz Palminteri is also great as a club owner who loves a good, physics-defying game of grabass. And Will Ferrell still managed to make me laugh, although his character here is stupid stupid and not stupid hilarious, a trait the man would later go on to master. At least in A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY Ferrellís stomach still has that weird fold in it. I seriously think that must be the source of his comedic power.
Score! Reliving A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY (24:17): Interviews with cast and crew from when the movie was filming that reveal the origin of the skit and characters, as well as everyoneís thoughts on turning a sketch in to an entire film. Will Ferrell seems much more soft spoken and timid 10 years ago.
Roxbury Rags: Costume and Fashion Guide (9:11): To save you 10 minutes, Iíll sum up all the things the costume designer says: We used shiny 80s-style clothes that were good for comedic effect.
Do That Dance! (5:17): There was choreography in this movie? I thought Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan just bobbed their heads and randomly humped things.
Making The List (8:55): Club owners and promoters talk about the nightclub life and how to have a better shot of getting in. Worthless fluff.
Extra Tidbit: Jim Carrey supposedly did uncredited rewrites on the script. He was also guest hosting the episode of Saturday Night Live when the Roxbury Guys skit first premiered.