As far as the actors go, it almost seems unfair to bash them when they have material that even Laurence Olivier couldn’t save. These are actors who bear a slight resemblance to the indie characters they’re spoofing; only they’re like the B versions. Correction, make that the D versions. When the major star power touted on the DVD cover are actors Clint Howard, who shows up for less than a minute as the Mechanic, (a weak spoof on Harvey Keitel’s Wolf character from PULP FICTION), and Jason Mewes, who voices a foul-mouthed answering machine (what a difference that Kevin Smith dialogue makes!), you know the flick is in trouble. Even blowing up both Pete Jones (the first Project Greenlight winner) and Pauly Shore can’t save this mess. (And why would the great Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show grace this one with his presence?) To go on would cause more torture for you the reader then watching the film itself, so let me sum things up. MY BIG FAT…whatever, looks like it was shot for no budget, with no script, in my garage, and casts my best friend’s kids as actors. Which could all be forgivable, if the damn film was just funny, which alas, it isn’t. Painful.
Commentary (with Director Philip Zlotorynski and Writer/Producer Chris Gore): Director Zlotorynski and Producer Gore give a light and fluffy commentary and it’s not exactly memorable. Although I love the self effacing bits when they say things like “if we were making a professional movie”. Also love when they argue over what makes a good commentary, with Gore saying “it should be funny” and Zlotorynski saying “I’m not funny”, as well as critiquing their own words here with Gore saying “Neither of us is doing very good”. When the director has to point out the visual gags by saying “if you don’t look really close you can’t tell”, you know there’s trouble in paradise. (p.s. don’t do impressions guys!)
The Making Of My Big Fat Independent Movie (10:58): Everyone, from the actors to the filmmakers, explain the characters and story, basic stuff. Everyone tries so hard to be funny, but it’s to no avail. We also learn in this one that Director Zlotorynski is an actual live person. (I would have hidden!) Most honest (or maybe not?!) moment – when producer Gore says he tricked Zlotorynski into directing the film and says “Sorry”. Better late then never.
There is also a Theatrical (yeah, in your dreams!) Trailer as well as a hidden Easter egg of a session with Jason Mewes doing his voice over work - it explains a lot. And let's not forget about the 7 "Collectable" (spelled collectible on the box!) Postcards, which are shameless pieces of self-promoting mechandise, masked as an added bonus. Yuck. Hey, maybe the Unrated Version of the film would’ve blown me away! Sure.