Nick Swardson + porn - laughs
The concept, at least at first, doesn't seem like a bad one. A man-child of indeterminable age, Bucky (Swardson) is a bagger at a local Midwest grocery store, and blissfully ignorant of much of the world, especially in the world of sexuality, to the point where he's never even explored his own body. But with the help of his friends (who also seem oddly lacking in development) he discovers sex, as well as the fact that his parents were porn stars in the '70s. Inspired by their "stardom," he heads off to Hollywood to pick up their mantle and fulfill his destiny in the nude movies. Unfortunately, besides being horrendously naive, socially awkward and generally dim, he's also horrifically unendowed.
However, that doesn't stop him from meeting a nice girl named Kathy (Christina Ricci), finding a roommate (the wonderfully rage-fueled Kevin Nealon) and getting into the business, thanks to Miles Deep, a down-on-his luck director played with some off-kilter sincerity by Don Johnson. Bucky's inexperience with sex and/or women has resulted in an orgasmic hair trigger (and several repetitive sight gags of him convulsing like an angry orangutan) which Miles packages as an unlikely new brand of porn, putting Bucky in direct competition with the industry's leading talent, the arrogant Dick Shadow (Stephen Dorff.) Honestly, it seems like far more though went into coming up with porn actor and movie names than anything that went into the script, which goes nowhere quite slowly, as Bucky enjoys his climb to fame and the pitfalls that come with it.
Though Bucky's aimless wandering through the world of adult film is all but pointless (adding only some gratuitous nudity and more of the same sight gags), it's a better way to spend time than a subplot between Kathy and Bucky, involving her dream of being a waitress and the tragic incident that put an end to her hopes. If the film, which had already been peppered with ridiculous, nonsensical moments, had just taken the ideas to their cartoonish extremes, they may have resulted in some laughs, but it's almost as if we are to take Kathy and her quest seriously, thanks to the earnestness Ricci imbues her character with. At the same time, that earnestness makes no sense, as she's fine with Bucky's porn career, to the extent where she watches his films, an action that's incredibly out-of-character for the Madonna she's set up to be. Perhaps it's asking too much to want character consistency from a movie that opens with a man smearing his genitals with peanut butter in order to entice animals, which, by the way, has nothing to do with anything that follows it.
The failure of this film should have been easy to spot from a distance when one saw that the director was Tom Brady, who is now 0-for-3 in the director's chair, having previously brought us two Rob Schneider epics, The Animal and The Hot Chick (both as helmer and scribe.) Yet, it is very disappointing to watch such an unfunny film unfurl, a characterization made all the more clear by Nealon's mad rants and one audition scene that was surprisingly funny, mainly for the surprise it sprung. These brief, yet rather funny moments make the rest of the film look even more boring by comparison. Looking over Brady's IMDB entry, he's been a part of some truly great comedy, as a writer on The Critic and a producer on Sports Night and The Simpsons. One wonders what happened to leave us with these films and his most recent horror, Are You There, Chelsea?.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track doesn't have a lot of work to do here, with the majority of the movie being focused on dialogue, but it does help enhance the music with a boost from the side and rear speakers, along with some minor atmospheric effects (as well as one particular directional sound effect.) Like the video, this presentation is what we've come to expect from any film with a decent budget, and with those lowered expectations, this is a success aurally.
At 11 minutes, "Behind the Teeth" is a rather extensive look at the making of the movie, with all the on-set footage, interviews and apple polishing you'd expect from such an endeavor. That would probably work well on a better film, but when you think about what resulted from all the work shown, and that the people involved are praised so highly, it almost comes off like a parody of such bonus features.
That sense of the ridiculous is carried over into a faux-serious interview with Nealon (assisted by Ricci) in the four-minute "Gary: Tough Customer," which puts the spotlight on one of the film's brighter spots via plenty of outtakes from his first scene. It may be worth a look simply to hear a filthy double entendre from Ricci. The extras wrap with "Bucky Sparkles," a quick two-minute examination of the film's main reason for existence, the main character's violent orgasms. It's like a distillation of the movie's essence.
Also included are several previews for other Sony films.
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