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Overall Rating
2.66

Awesome: 18.42%
Worth A Look: 7.89%
Average: 23.68%
Pretty Bad: 21.05%
Total Crap28.95%

3 reviews, 20 user ratings


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Screwed
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by Scott Weinberg

"<or> When Screenwriters Direct!"
2 stars

The co-directors of this comedy have written such films as Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Man on the Moon. That's the good news. BUT...they also wrote That Darn Cat, BOTH Problem Child movies and they are now writing a screenplay called H.R. Pufnstuf! (I kid you not.) Anyway, what any of this has to do with the two of them directing a movie, I couldn't really say. Except that this is one of the cheapest-looking movies I've ever seen.

Movie styles run in cycles. When There's Something About Mary grossed over $200 million, it was a clear indication that jokes about sperm and retards were once again fair game. So here we are, a few years later and apparently a few years dumber. We've already seen more than enough 'Mary' wannabes, many that simply steal jokes whole from the Farrelly Brothers comedy. (Any modern comedy that uses a little dog attacking someone as a joke is automatically garbage. Trust me.) So now we're presented with a strange little comedy, released quietly and with no real marketing. And guess what? It sucks.

Norm McDonald is an affront to movie-watchers. While his smarmy SNL persona was usually good for a few laughs, the effort he puts into his movie roles is just non-existent. His attitude seems to be "Hey, we all know I can't act so can't we just accept it and move on?". Combine McDonald's non-acting with the wide-eyed mugging of Dave Chappelle and you're in for a real chore. This movie even goes so far as to cast a crucial role with Sherman Hemsley! Now how could any movie (even a slapstick comedy) anticiapte any respect after a move like that? Rounding out the 'familiar names' is Danny DeVito, who tries so hard to be over-the-top wacky that I think I heard him develop an ulcer onscreen. (Between this and Drowning Mona, maybe Danny should just take a break.)

The plot reads like one of those little flipbooks you used to like as a teenager: Abused butler (McDonald) kidnaps the dog (Muffin) of rich bitch boss (Elaine Strich, who must be having tax problems) with the help of his wacky buddy (Chappelle). The dog gets away, everyone thinks the butler was kidnapped, and 80 more minutes of almost funny gags show up. While Screwed offers a lot of energy, nothing on display is even remotely new and jokes meant to shock end up just mildly amusing. Is a tiny dog biting someone's hand until they bleed really that funny?

It's a bizarre concoction of buddy comedy with large doses of gross and dark humor. (Yes, the sight of Danny DeVito picking through corpses may sound funny, but it's really just not.) This strange little movie will head quickly to your video store, where it may jog your memory and force you to rent it. I wouldn't. While it's far from the worst comedy ever made, I don't really consider that much of a compliment.

This falls under the "Who was high when they bought this script?" category of movies. And while it's an interesting enough question, it's pretty unlikely that enough people will ever see this movie to make it an issue. Plus, it's only a matter of time before Norm McDonald's contempt for his audience becomes a two-way street.

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User Comments

4/09/09 Dane Youssef Too tied-down, too restrained, too sedated to work as a real screwball comedy 1 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner Had some funny parts. 3 stars
9/06/07 Alistair F. It's supposed to be a mindless, silly comedy. Lots of funny bits! It serves its purpose. 4 stars
3/12/05 Buford They show Sarah Silverman in a bikini! 5 stars
1/17/05 Jeff Anderson N. MacDonald and D.Chappelle are not bad, but E. Strich's bitchiness wears thin pretty fast 3 stars
7/01/04 gigavasquez It was alright, I loved Dave Chappelle and Norm wasn't so bad in it. THe nudity was bad! 3 stars
6/07/04 D Dubs This movie is fucking awsome 5 stars
1/08/04 A F Chapelle is funny. I fail to see why this film was made though. 2 stars
10/16/02 Matt Hubbard "Screwed" is highly overlooked. It's hilarious, especially for SNL fans! 5 stars
2/24/02 Jenny Tullwartz Who says Norm MacDonald can't act? He's good! Even Danny DeVito is funny. 5 stars
2/11/02 Andrew Carden 2 Words Can Describe This Movie: Bor-Ing, 1 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa What's with everybody saying "What were they thinking" when they pan a film? This was great 4 stars
10/03/00 Beggar King What the hell were they thinking? 1 stars
9/29/00 The Bomb 69 I laughed a lot. So SCREW all of you!!! 5 stars
5/26/00 tom rush awful 1 stars
5/26/00 PeterPiper Hey, IT'S FUNNY!! 5 stars
5/16/00 Lisa I fell asleep. That should say enough. 2 stars
5/15/00 The Rock A bad Saturday Night Live skit 1 stars
5/15/00 Greyjack If you like Norm MacDonald's humor, it's worthwhile. And DeVito is hilarious in this film. 4 stars
5/15/00 Jana Rice Norm MacDonald is hot. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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