Director: Tom Brady
Cast: Nick Swardson, Don Johnson, Christina Ricci
Studio: Columbia Pictures
After learning that his parents were porn stars in the 1970s, a nerdy guy (Swardson) leaves his home in northern Iowa for Hollywood, hoping to follow in their footsteps. He’s taken in by a down-and-out director (Johnson) who sees a bright future for him and the kid.
Tom Brady directed Rob Schneider’s only good movie (The Hot Chick), but he also directed The Comebacks, one movie in a clutch of bombs that caused mini-studio Fox Atomic to close-up shop. Can this movie and its retro cast (even Christina Ricci qualifies, kinda) succeed where Zack and Miri Make a Porno failed?
Release Date: 9 September 2011 (USA)
The film was screened for a group last night and I have to say it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t particularly brilliant, but porn jokes rarely are. Bucky Larson, born in the middle of nowhere Idaho, loses his job and on the very same night discovers that his parents were once very famous porn stars. He decides it’s his destiny to go out to LA and follow in their footsteps. Being an extremely buck-toothed, stereotypically small town boy, Bucky gets rejected and taken advantage of almost immediately. He’s aided in his quest by Kathy, a waitress from New Jersey with her own unfulfilled dreams, and Miles Deep, a now washed up pornography director.
The story settles into your typical romantic-comedy storyline once the porno jokes have been established, and it ends well. Some recurring jokes feel a little disjointed, and the opening scenes in Iowa were, imo, forced and more upsetting than funny. These things may and may not get ironed out in post-production. On the whole though, I would give the movie three stars. Solid effort, but not something anyone’s going to be running out desperately to see opening weekend.
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