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The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (S1)
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10.05.2004 By: JoBlo
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (S1) order
Director:
Michael Dimich, Tim Gibbons

Actors:
Jamie Kennedy
Bob Saget
Jim Belushi

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This is a reality based TV show in which actor Jamie Kennedy dresses up like different people and places himself in situations with real, unknowing participants, during which he secretly tapes their reactions to his over-the-top behavior. It’s your basic “hidden camera” show…but with a twist. Prepare to be X’d!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is one funny show. I was prepared to watch a few of these episodes (17 of them make their way onto this 3-disc set) and get an overall “feel” for what I liked/disliked about the series, but let me tell you, after watching only a few, I was hooked. I watched almost all the episodes back-to-back after that and while a few of them weren’t all that funny or realistic (specifically the over-make-upped and phony-looking “Virginia” show), the grand majority of the sketches were downright hilarious and embarrassing…to watch for the unsuspecting participants. Some of my favorites include the phony celebrity bus tour that ends up in Bob Saget’s house (and Saget shows up pissed), the Malibu white-boy rapper (despite the film based on this character looking like shi-ite), the various Judge Jamies, who actually looked very real, the Italian/mob pizza delivery service, the driving instructor, Mr. Valenti, the perverted old restauranteur, as well as the entire Spring Break series and plenty more.

The one thing that the show had too much of early on was Jamie setting up the clips, but that was quickly zapped after a few episodes. They also started bringing some of the “had” people on the show after showing them get embarrassed, and despite giving them prepared lines to deliver, that was fun to see—it’s always nice to know that folks “got the joke” and didn’t take it all too seriously. If anything, that would be my main nitpick with the show, in that it barely gives us any time with the X’d people once they’re told that they’ve been secretly taped. They show their quick reaction, the quick freeze and then return to Jamie live in the studio. Hey man…how about giving us a thorough reaction from these people and/or some conversation with them? I want to know what they were thinking while the whole thing was going down. That aside, if you’re into watching others get pranked, you definitely have to catch this show, which is packed with loads of episodes, sketches and laughs.
THE EXTRAS
This set includes about 5 commentary tracks by Jamie Kennedy himself over select episodes. I listened to a couple of them and have to say that Kennedy is a pretty funny and personable guy. He's also soft-spoken and self-deprecating, which is always nice. In the first episode, all he keeps talking about is how his hair sucked ("Look at my hair!!") I gotta admit...the man was right: his hair sucked. Fun listens though, he provides insight into each bit and even feels sorry for some of the peeps, most of whom were "good sports".

The extras also include a 20-minute feature called “Conversations with the Creators” of the show, which includes interviews with Jamie himself, along with three of the producers. It’s semi-interesting, if only to know how they came up with the general idea, but it’s too long and they basically just end up saying the same things over and over again. They also include clips from Kennedy’s old stand-up shows (which featured some of his characters from the show), as well as 1-2 bloopers, but not enough. Kennedy himself starts disc 1 off with a 40-second intro which promises “bloopers”, that I was looking forward to seeing, but they never materialized. Not cool. “2nd Marks for JKX” is 40 minutes worth of “second takes” of sketches that already aired, but with other people aka “2nd marks”. These sketches are interesting, if only to watch for variety’s sake, but seeing as they weren’t picked to be on the show in the first place, you can imagine that they’re not as funny as the ones that were shown on the show. They also toss a 30-second TV promo for the show in here for kicks.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I would have liked to have seen a few more extras, like bloopers, maybe even some behind-the-scenes stuff about how they actually orchestrate their sketches, but I guess we might have to wait until Season 2 for that. For what it’s worth, if you dig on “hidden camera” shows and like to watch people react under extremely strange circumstances…pick this up and get ready to belly over for a few hours. PS: Get drunk and it’s twice as funny!
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