Sunday, May 10, 2009

Film Review: Extreme Movie

If you’re locked in a foreign prison camp and your captors have reduced you to the bare essentials of human existence they might just use the new DVD release, Extreme Movie to push you past the brink of sanity. The film is incredibly terrible with nearly no redeeming qualities whatsoever. What is truly ponderous is how such a large group of talent could produce such a large steaming pile of excrement, in fact the only extreme thing about the movie is how extremely difficult it is to sit through. The film credits a plethora of writers (who may or may not have sold their soul to the devil and done this film to fulfill the contract) including Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. It also features well known actors such as Michael Cera, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard and Frankie Muniz whose families were probably all being held hostage while the movie was being shot.

The film itself is a collection of sketches focused on teens and sex much in the style of films like Another Teen Movie, Scary Movie and well, who cares. There are sketches that work but I defy you to make it through the film to find them. In addition, the film is unrated so there are a few occasional nude scenes but most of the “edgy material” is just stupid, like crazy stupid.

The film’s failure is so all encompassing that it is hard to identify the precise fault lines of the disaster but from looking at the carnage, the film sat on a shelf for a number of years, so it appears that the problems were overt from the beginning. On a positive note, the DVD case is made out of plastic and is reusable and the back side of the DVD itself can be used as a makeshift mirror in emergencies. If you sincerely don’t like someone, it makes a really good gift.

Review for: Short & Sweet NYC

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