You know it's a weak week for DVDs when the best American movie coming out is a new, deluxe edition of a Will Ferrell comedy. A very funny Will Ferrell comedy, true, but it's still sad. Luckily, there are a ton of foreign films coming out, too, and most of them feature gratuitous sex and violence. Week saved!
Will Ferrell, did you read my review of your latest moviefilm and feel that you needed to redeem yourself in my eyes? That is so considerate of you, you big lug! Why else would you and Adam McKay announce you were in the midst of creating a follow-up to the dumb-larious Anchorman just after I made the assertion that of all your various cinematic man-child incarnations, Ron Burgundy was the bestest?
Time and experience has led me to extrapolate that the filmic offerings of Will Ferrell tend to go one of three ways: Funny But Forgettable (as in Talladega Nights), Surprisingly Hilarious (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy), or Pointlessly Heinous (Blades of Glory). It is a rare confluence of factors that produces a genuine comedic achievement like Anchorman and elevates it above the run-of-the-mill masturbatory poo he so frequently churns out.
Sadly, Step Brothers most assuredly does not fall into this last category of insta-classic comedy. The jury is still out on which of the remaining two it ultimately belongs in, but after seeing a screening of it last night and feeling particularly generous after my twelfth caffeinated beverage of the day, I'm gonna vote on Funny But Forgettable.
Full disclosure: I own no end of movie memorabilia. In addition to the numerous action figures that decorate my home and office, I also own posters, novelizations and commemorative glasses out the wazoo. (My latest acquisition: a hardcover of Romancing the Stone, by Joan Wilder! The Joan Wilder!) And I also love the movie Idiocracy. Not only is it a brilliant satire about the direction this country is going in (with pretty impressive background paintings for what must have been a pretty small budget), it's got a great cast -- I could watch Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book for an hour and a half and enjoy the hell out of it. But as much as I love it, I don't know if I can buy Idiocracy merchandise, let alone an Idiocracy-themed beverage.