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Danny Roane: First Time Director
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12.05.2007 By: Jason Adams
Danny Roane: First Time Director order
Director:
Andy Dick

Actors:
Andy Dick
Mo Collins
James Van Der Beek

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recovering-alcoholic, washed-up TV star decides to direct a feature film about his battle to overcome his addictions in an attempt to revitalize his career.

Also, the plot of Andy Dick’s movie is about a recovering-alcoholic, washed-up TV star tries who decides to direct a feature film about his battle to overcome his addictions in an attempt to revitalize his career.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Aside from his stint on the highly underrated show NewsRadio, I usually find Andy Dick to be an annoying attention whore whose manic style and furtive homoeroticism makes me roll my eyes more than laugh. That is why I was surprised to find his mockumentary DANNY ROANE: FIRST TIME DIRECTOR had a few promising funny moments in its first half. The meta-style poking fun at Hollywood and Dick himself seemed to work, and the ridiculous and absurd humor made me chuckle more than once. (“I think James Van Der Beek would have bright red butt blood.”)

Unfortunately, Dick and Co. couldn’t keep up the quality for very long. For every clever instance of self-deprecating mockery or Tinseltown-inspired joke (“That guy looks like Willem Defoe in that vampire movie.” “Mississippi Burning?”), there would be long stretches of Dick just making an ass of himself or relying on stupid physical gags with vomit, poop or Frankie Muniz getting urinated on. (Alright, that one was funny.) It made the whole shebang feel exponentially stale 40 minutes in to the 84 minute running time.

There are some fun cameos by real famous people like Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Danny Trejo, Bob Odenkirk, an ass-bleeding James Van Der Beek and others. But by the time we get to Dick randomly passing out naked on NewsRadio co-star Maura Tierny’s lawn, it felt too much like he was calling in favors from friends just for the hell of it.

It also doesn’t help that the title character is a racist, alcoholic douche, which begs the question of what exactly Andy Dick’s intentions are with DANNY ROANE. He’s obviously making fun of himself, but why? Does he want to defend his behavior by simply pointing out how much of a jackass he is? The main character is too cartoonish to really empathize with. Or since Roane ends up falling off the wagon, is Dick trying to blame the alcohol and tell us to get used to the outlandish antics? Whatever it was, DANNY ROANE didn’t really do anything to make me change my opinion of the guy.
THE EXTRAS
Outtakes (9:55): A few chuckles, nothing more. It is kinda weird seeing outtakes from a “documentary” though.

Extended Scenes (21:45): The additions are mostly pointless, but you do get more adlibbing from Bob Odenkirk, Mo Collins and Kate Flannery, who plays Meredith on “The Office.”

Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I didn’t like Andy Dick before watching DANNY ROANE: FIRST TIME director and I didn’t like him after it was over. There’s a few decent laughs in the first half hour of the movie, but it’s not worth renting it over. Should it come on Comedy Central again (it premiered straight-to-cable earlier this year), maybe consider checking it out. Maybe.

Extra Tidbit: The “grabbing the bull by the horns” painting from DODGEBALL makes an appearance in Ben Stiller’s office.
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