Review Date: October 10, 2001
Director: Rob Pritts
Writer: David Garrett, Jason Ward
Producers: Robert Simonds
The plotline of this film obviously does not have much of a stranglehold on its goings-on, but it was surprisingly passable. It did falter a little near the end, when they made things a little "too easy" on everyone (and that whole Night Vulture thing wasn't needed), and even went for a tear (what the hell?). See my SNL-movie theory at the top of this review for more on that. But on the whole, the story was obviously only there to serve the various "sketch" pieces set up for Kattan's humor, and you either think they're stupid and funny or stupid and unfunny. I thought the film was pretty funny for the most part, but noticed that the biggest laughs came from the moments in which Kattan was given his space to do "his thing". I didn't laugh when there were big set pieces like when he was caught on the hood of the car, or when his head was placed in a shaker machine, and definitely not when the midget kicked him in the head a la MATRIX/CHARLIE'S ANGELS (guys...please, let's form a committee and stop with the completely unoriginal MATRIX parodies already!). But most of the time, I laughed just looking at dumb Corky's face and you gotta give out some massive props to Kattan for that (whether the movie works or not, the poor bastard goes "all out" here!). He also had an amazing nemesis on the FBI, who has his own moment to shine as well (the guy's name is Brick Davis and the scene in which he cracks up is hilarious!).
All in all, the movie does deliver the basics as described in my SNL-movie theory above, tosses in the obligatory gay, fart, drug and retard jokes, and I don't think that anyone should go into this movie expecting much else than that. Basically, if you dig Kattan and his skits on SNL, you will likely enjoy this movie. If you don't like Kattan or his skits on SNL, don't bother seeing this movie and that'll be that. I think I offered the same advice to Tom Green fans/non-fans for FREDDY GOT FINGERED and it just seems to make sense.