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Let's Go To Prison
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Mar 29, 2007 By: Sturdy
Let's Go To Prison order
Director:
Bob Odenkirk

Actors:
Dax Shepard
Will Arnett
Chi McBride

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A down on his luck ex-con purposely gets himself thrown in prison so he can torment the son of the judge that ruined his life. However, in jail he realizes that making someoneís life miserable is not as easy as he thought.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think the only reason this film found an audience (albeit small) in theaters was the fact that it starred Will Arnett. Will is of course most famous for his hilarious portrayal of Gob on TVís Arrested Development. Itís fitting that Willís first movie role post Development was just an extension of his TV character. However, gone is the great supporting cast and brilliant writing.

Instead, weíre left with Dax Shepard and a script that was probably originally written on toilet paper. It tried hard, but all of the jokes are recycled from funnier movies and Arnett is the only one in the film with any sense of comedic timing. Iím still not sure how Dax ever made it off of Punkíd, but once again he proves that heís not funny and has no screen presence. The handful of funny moments are entirely carried by Will Arnett, but even Gob flashbacks arenít enough to make this film bearable.

I also expected much more from Odenkirk, who did a great job with Mr. Show. I really wanted more than prison rape jokes and toilet humor. He had the talent in Arnett to put a clever spin on the prison satire, but the effort just wasnít there. There were also three different writers credited on the screenplay and that probably has something to do with the ďconfusedĒ feel of the story. The film takes a long time to get where itís going and when it finally does get there, it doesnít know where to go.

The frustrating thing for me is that I really wanted to like this film and cheer on a Development alum. Will Arnett really is a funny guy and he deserves better than this. All of the jokes were predictable and I felt like I knew the punch-lines before the jokes were even told. I also got the feeling at times that the film took itself too seriously, which is a very bad thing for a slap-stick comedy.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate Ending (3:32): The big difference in this one is that itís not funny at all and is completely unoriginal. Wait a minuteÖthat doesnít make it different, that makes it exactly the same. Instead of the bad happy ending, this is the bad, bitter ending.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (4:33): None of these are really that funny, but Will Arnett is great in them. You have to give the guy credit for at least trying to be funny when no one else around him is putting in any effort.

Letís Go To Prison Soundtrack Sessions (6:12): The frustrating thing about this soundtrack promo is that itís the longest feature on the disc, but itís just a shameless plug for the soundtrack and the band that provided the music. Furthermore, the microphone on the guy doing the interviews sounds like it was messed up, so itís hard to hear him at times. Only watch this if you love the music in the film.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Itís possible that some people will find LETíS GO TO PRISON to be a decent comedy, but I didnít. Chances are good youíve seen all the jokes before and you probably didnít laugh the first time. If youíre a huge Arnett fan, then I guess this will fill the void left by Arrested Development.
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