movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Recommended by Christie, who shares a lot of our tastes, and may as well be inside my own head.

PEOPLE: Directed by Dan Eckman, who did the Bro Rape YouTube video, as well as Blowjob Girl:

8 people wrote the story and screenplay; including Eckman and many of the actors.

Starring Donald Glover (Community, the Bro Rapist from the above video), D.C. Pierson (who looks like Napoloen Dynamite, was the guy from the Blowjob Girl video above, and was in Bro Rape too), Dominic Dierkes (Onion News Network writer, Bro Rape), Aubrey Plaza (April from Parks And Recreation, Julie Powers from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Daisy from Funny People… What a weird kind of hot she is), and Glenn Kalison.

Also a small role played by Ellie Kemper aka Erin Hannon from The Office (and Blowjob Girl from the video above).

Lots of people in this movie seemed familiar — and were faces we’d seen 1 or 2 times in other minor roles.

PLOT SUMMARY: Walking parodies of detective teams — the 3 most clueless kids you’ve ever seen — attempt to solve an actual murder mystery.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Clueless detectives prevent police from solving double homocide; fail to get laid.

QUIRKS: A rated R mystery comedy! A comedic mystery adventure with ridiculous characters. Pineapple Express *wishes* it was this funny. These guys are like walking parodies of other comedic detective teams, such as Scooby Doo, The Problem Solverz, or even Aqua Teen Hunger Force (when they actually work on cases — which is pretty rare). They are RIDICULOUS PEOPLE. About as ridiculous as you can get.

Also, although a minor character – the ~8 year old kid was frickin’ hilarious.

VISUALS: Aubrey Plaza is a really weird kind of hot.

GOOD STUFF: It’s hard to explain, precisely, why this is so funny. Mainly it’s RIDICULOUS. Someone on IMDB said it was “The Big Lebowski Effect” — it’s a serious mystery, but you’re just laughing at how bad they are bumbling through it.

BAD STUFF: Some people think it’s juvenile because the characters themselves are incredibly juvenile. They are 17-year-olds who, while intelligent (2 out of 3 of them, anyway), are more naive than most 10-year-olds. They eventually wise-up and mature by the end of the movie (coming of age), but what people are viewing as this film’s weakness is actually this film’s strength. The characters — and what they say — are what’s funny here. The plot is actually kind of irrelevant.

CONCLUSION: Holy fuck this was funny. Christie made a great recommendation!

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB:9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4.8/5 stars. IMDB: 8.8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.8/10, Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.3/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: If you don’t mind something very silly and ridiculous and juvenile (yet rated R) — you will like this! But if you’re a snob about comedies — or the type to turn a movie off 5 minutes into it — I’m going to diagnose you with a case of being a cynical asshole. Move on.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Hard to say, but I’ve seen both THE BIG LEBOWSKI and DUMB AND DUMBER mentioned as sharing some similarities. Honestly, these guys were about as clueless as the main character in ORGAZMO.

MOVIE QUOTES:

[paraphrased] “Actually, given the market right now, it makes more sense to rent cocaine than to buy it.”

Jamie: There’s something fishy going on down at the sardine factory! I think it’s fish!

Jim: [interrupting] Frank! Sometimes I wish you didn’t beat that cancer. I really do.

“He blew into my mouth.”

“This stage is wet and it smells like cold cuts!”

“Ah, wood. Nature’s metal.”

Don’t suck their dicks.”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christie recommended this to me, so I can only assume her and 808 really liked it!

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