I was lured into watching this film under false pretenses. Take a look at that poster. Go on, click it, take a good look. Chevy Chase, Burt Reynolds, Vinnie Jones. Not exactly small names. OK, so Vinnie Jones isn’t exactly an A-lister, but he’s been around. And Chevy Chase and Burt Reynolds, though “past their prime” according to some, are both experienced actors who can be really funny when they put their minds to it. And other promotional material mentioned Michael Madsen as well, and he turned in a great performance in Reservoir Dogs. So it seemed like it had the talent. And it promises to take a shot at the creators of all those really awful spoof movies, most particularly the “Not Another” brand. Chevy Chase and Burt Reynolds making a comedy about a terrible movie studio producing terrible movies… hey, that could be pretty good. And OK, there’s that other guy, David Schultz, on the poster too. But the early news blurbs (I remember first hearing about this in 2009) didn’t mention him, just Chase and Reynolds. Nearly all of the marketing, even down to the blurb Hulu puts on the film, only mentions Chase, Reynolds, Jones, and Madsen.
It is, of course, all about the other guy. David Schultz wrote the film, along with director David Murphy, and so Schultz has the lead role. And the film suffers greatly for it. And I suffered greatly from watching it. Continue reading