Feature-length sketch comedy about teen sex
Well, probably because I've been burned so often before by movies with the word movie in the title. Yes, Extreme Movie is lightyears ahead of the crappy Epic Date Disaster Movies, but that's a bar so low snakes can jump it, so it's kind of damning the movie with feint praise. Made up of a series of sketches about teen sexuality, built around bits including Michael (Ryan Pinkston) and his personal sexual issues, there's no moment more important than what's on the screen at any given time, unless there's a booby scene up next. Unfortunately, those nuggets of nudity are few and far between, making the unrated status seemingly unnecessary for most of the film.
Instead of non-step nudity, we get plenty of teases, and a surprisingly high number of genuine, if low-brow, laughs. I'm confident I laughed more at the ridiculous gags in this 75-minutes of film than I did during all of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's cinematic bastardizations combined. While the main "storyline" felt a bit flat (there's only so many ways Michael can be a loser, no how many fake penises are thrown his way,) the unconnected segments range from the manic comedy of Muniz bedding a girl constantly looking to try something different in bed to the simple, yet absurd bit about a guy with an unhealthy obsession for one of America's greatest Presidents. Sure, a clown at a children's party with a massive erection or a puppet teaching about sexual frustration isn't high art, but I'll be damned if the scenes aren't funny.
In looking over the non-Michael scenes (and those that aren't disappointing PSAs with Lillard (they would have only worked with a more-famous, cleancut celebrity)) there's not one that's not enjoyable, because they are so disconnected from reality, and wallow in their silliness, unlike the Michael scenes, which try too hard to fit the virgin-chasing-tail model. Whether its a reinterpretation of the creation scene from Weird Science, with much less desirable results, Michael Sera trying to seduce a girl with a rape fantasy, or Andy Milonakis' whirlwind romance with a sex toy, they are all a great deal of fun to watch. That's only right, considering the writing credits for the film, which include the directors, The Lonely Island crew of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, and SNL vets John Solomon and Will Forte. It makes sense to think the non-Michael scenes are from the better-known writers, as their stamp seems more sketch than movie (though the commentary points out otherwise in some cases.) Trim up the skeleton and add more of this meat, and you have a great movie, but as it stands, it's simply a filthy, fun time.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track isn't the most impressive presentation you've heard, but this is sketch comedy, not an action movie. For the most part, the clear, strong dialogue is delivered up front and centered, though the side and rear speakers give the music a boost.
The more impressive extra is the feature-length audio commentary with directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, which is an excellent example of what kind of interesting track you can get when the participants really show an interest in the process. The duo have plenty of info about the production of the film, including details on the obstacles they faced, like a budget of a million dollars and a very short shooting schedule, and the movie it could have been if different things happened, like other actors and scenes. Based on some of the comments made, they may have come in with an outline of things they wanted to hit (or were asked to discess,) and as a result they gave a track with no dead spots and answers to any questions you might have about the film.
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