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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 EricDSnider

"You just KNOW they called it 'Screwed' because they liked saying it."
3 stars

No one's saying "Screwed" is any brilliant piece of comedic genius. But if you find Norm MacDonald or Dave Chappelle funny, you'll be at least mildly entertained by this little speck of a film.

MacDonald plays Willard, the life-long butler of the rich and evil Virginia Crock (Elaine Stritch), a pie-making business tycoon. When Willard learns that Crock plans to fire him -- and really, it is he who should be complaining to her, not the other way around -- he decides to extort some money out of her somehow, to make up for all the wrongs she's done him all these years.

Enter Rusty (Dave Chappelle), Willard's friend and owner of Rusty's Chicken Hole restaurant. Together, they scheme to kidnap Crock's beloved dog Muffin and hold it for ransom. The dog escapes, but not before biting Willard and getting his blood all over the place. In the morning, Crock and her associates assume Willard to have been kidnapped, and bowing only to public pressure, she agrees to pay the ransom (even though she'd just as soon let the kidnappers kill him).

Things continue to go wrong, of course, with the ransom money turning up missing, someone double-crossing Crock, and I believe there's a corpse involved somewhere. Then the movie ends and everyone goes home happy.

Characterization is not the issue here, but MacDonald, Chappelle and Stritch all seem to be having fun, anyway, with Stritch especially going the extra mile to make so-so lines seem just a little funnier. Rusty has a tendency to hit people over the head with lamps when he gets scared, which provides a nice running gag, and MacDonald's delivery as Willard is typical Norm MacDonald: deadpan, sarcastic, and favoring the word "whore." He's one of those actors whom you either find funny or not, regardless of the material.

The material here is not stellar. The plot has holes in it (though it is a fun idea), and many opportunities for comedy are missed. There are also too many examples of being weird just for the sake of being weird. (Character names -- Willard Fillmore, Rusty P. Hayes, Grover Cleaver -- resemble the names of U.S. presidents; one person has an obsession for Jack Lord; etc.) But, even while expecting the movie to suck mightily, I found myself laughing a few times here and there.

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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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