(Larry The Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, DJ Squalls, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2007 / LGF)
Overview: When a hard-luck blue-collar worker and his two best friends are mistaken for Army Reservists by a tough-talking Army sergeant, the plane set to fly them to the front lines of Iraq mistakenly drops them in the middle of Mexico to disastrous results in a freewheeling military comedy starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and D.J. Qualls.
DVD Verdict: You know what camp your in with Larry The Cable Guy, you love the guy and find him funny and easygoing or you think he's some kind of antichrist who is just so offensive to everyone. Funny how Chappelle and Mencia can go so much farther with material and get such applause and Larry just pushes the envelope and has people needing their diaper changed.
Is this movie any good? No, not really, most comedies that aren't even very good movies or have lame stories can still be funny. Is the movie amateurish? Yeah it gets pretty silly with scenes that are shot and handled you just know something silly or bad is going to happen. Is the movie FUNNY? Yes, some scenes can be sidesplitting particularily DJ Qualls who is on the tetched side as a sidekick who can't wait to get a gun and blow something away. Keith David as the commander spends most of the movie being humiliated but even he comes away still being awesome.
And no Larry and Bill aren't great actors but they are fun to watch and if you were looking for good acting, uh what are you doing here? Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffman are on another shelf this is 'Delta Farce' for crying out loud!
The idea while farfetched (Reservists while goofing around the base one day get picked to head to Iraq and enroute get dropped out of their plane over Mexico, only they don't know it) makes me think of classic comedy movies or TV shows where the leads don't know where they are and slowly but surely figure it out.
"But Larry is offensive, and they make jokes about things they don't like!!!" Well, then this movie isn't for you and that's all there is to it. I saw it with a friend of mine who served overseas and he thought it was hysterical. To all of Larry's haters out there, just remember what Howard Stern said, in so many words "If you don't like it, just turn it off." Oh and quit crying. Really there's so much more to do with your time and life then complain about a comedian! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
All The way To ... L.A."
The Queen of Mean Gets The Last Word
The Man Behind Carlos Santana
Commentary with Director CB Harding
English and Spanish Subtitles