Review Date: August 03, 2007
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Writer: Pam Brady
Producers: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn
Andy Samberg as Rod
Jorma Taccone as Kevin
Bill Hader as Dave
Samberg’s friends were nerdy to the nth degree, but not all that funny, although Hader’s “acid trip” sequence was a definite keeper. Samberg’s co-host on the extremely popular “Lazy Sunday” digital short, Chris Parnell, also showed up in a small role, but his shtick wasn’t all that humorous either. Samberg, on the other hand, is a perfect ham and worked very well as the affable goof who has a perfectly antagonistic relationship with his stepdad. The “tender moments” were also sprinkled nicely around the film, reminiscent of Sandler’s classics, and some sweet tunes also added to the film’s charm. The sequence in which many of the townspeople support Samberg by walking behind him in the streets was the tits, as were many of his stunts-gone-wrong – although I have to say that if you don’t like Samberg or his goofball antics, this movie is definitely not for you! It would be like going to see NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and not really “getting” the lead character, since this film also plays to a certain audience (many of the kids in our crowd were cracking up). For example, it features a scene in which a taco (the Mexican sandwich) challenges a grilled cheese sandwich to a fight. Now that, my friends, will either crack you up or have you attempting to get your money back. It cracked me up. Go taco!! The humor is also somewhat contagious as one “out of the blue” running gag features an Asian guy who dances to house music every now and again. At first, I didn’t think this was funny at all, but after a few more appearances, it actually became quite humorous to me. But you can see what I mean by this not being for everyone.
The “cool beans” rap-lib was also quite funny, and I can see how the film might become a cult classic in some circles (especially in those circles in which a joint is being passed around), but for me, it was a good time flick, one that didn’t really blow me away, but featured a sweet loser chasing a cutie-pie chick with a number of laughs and a quick pace. I think the screenplay could have used a few more rewrites for more consistent humor, but as the debut feature for these crazy kids, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.