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Average: 8.33%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 25%

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Going Berserk
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by Chris Parry

"A total absence of 'funny'."
1 stars

The Second City comedy troupe have always been known for the people they’ve set on the path of comedy superstardom. John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Katherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Rik Moranis, Julia-Louis Dreyfuss, John Candy, the list goes on and on. But while Second City has unearthed a plethora of comedic talent over the years, that talent always seemed to bloom after those people moved on. This film is a great example of why that was. The laughs are certainly there, the talent is certainly there but the knowledge of what’s funny and what isn’t is nowhere to be seen.

This particular story follows the plight of a part time drummer/limo driver (John Candy) who is preparing to marry a Presidential hopeful’s daughter (Alley Mills), only a group of cult leaders (Richard Libertini, Dixie Carter, Paul Dooley) that use aerobics as a form of mind control want to hypnotize him. So that he’ll assassinate his future father-in-law on his wedding day. Why? I couldn’t tell you. Why not just get one of the aerobics zombies to shoot him? Couldn’t say.

Did anyone actually edit this screenplay before it was committed to film?

Now, I may not be a comedy genius but I’ve got a pretty good idea that any film that starts off with a storyline as random and chaotic as this is always going to be built on bad foundations. And so it is with Going Berserk, a film as irrelevant and meaningless as it’s title. Comedy, at its core, isn’t funny unless the viewer sees realism in the situations. When a moron steps on a rake and smacks himself in the head, we laugh because we can understand how much that hurts. But when said moron steps on a rake and the rake says ouch and then steps on the moron’s toe and says ‘how do you like it, eh?’ – that’s not funny, that’s just silly. Going Berserk is a study in silly.

In the middle of this mess, Eugene Levy appears as an incompetent filmmaker who once had Candy’s lead character appear in a bad kung fu movie. What relevance this has to anything else in the film is totally beyond me but it does offer up a sequence where the film in question, Kung-Fu U, is shown to the audience. This five-minute montage brings more laughs than the rest of the film put together but it’s still not funny enough to warrant watching the rest of the film.

There’s no doubt that John Candy was a great comedic actor. There’s little doubt that Eugene Levy still is but if you put Sir Alec Guiness, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins in a Steven Seagal movie, chances are that as brilliant as those acting legends are, the movie’s still going to blow goats.

Going Berserk is what happens when people get funding for their movie before the movie is actually ready to start shooting. For a movie that’s supposed to be a comedy and is so filled with comedians, the comedy quotient is disturbingly low. In fact, for a movie that uses aerobics as one of the central plot points of the movie, there’s a disturbingly small amount of aerobics in the film. In fact… ah, to hell with it. Flick sucks.

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User Comments

5/03/14 joe you are a total idiot 5 stars
11/01/12 billhoner it is sad that the critic cannot find humor in one of the funniest movies of all time 5 stars
12/01/10 Jamie Curran This is my favorite Candy film and there are a lot of good ones. Just sit back and enjoy 5 stars
6/20/09 Jeff Anderson One of Candy's all-time sidesplittingly funniest! Just relax & enjoy. LONG LIVE KUNG FU U! 5 stars
2/12/09 Philthy Phil One of my favorites 5 stars
8/30/08 JK Don't expect to tax your frontal lobe, just sit back, relax, and laugh your a$$ off! 5 stars
4/16/07 MickeyGee This may be the jewel in John's comedic crown. Bless his heart, wherever he is! 5 stars
9/15/06 Dale S. Fell out of my chair laughing several time. Chris is a bone fide idiot. 5 stars
9/14/04 jessica i love this show it is a favorite of my family we are all big fans of sctv 5 stars
9/13/04 Tony Baloza superb comedy ***** 5 stars
8/07/04 Josh L. Oh please! This film is VERY funny. It was never meant to be great cinema or art, just fun. 4 stars
7/28/04 richard kick ass 5 stars
7/11/04 sueper this is one of the funniest moves ever made if you get your pompous ass out of your brain 5 stars
3/19/04 Lord Haw Haw If you don't think this movie is funny, there's something wrong with your medulla oblongata 4 stars
11/20/03 J Bubb Funniest Movie Ever Made!!! 5 stars
5/04/03 heyknotty some great scenes 3 stars
3/07/03 tanman Chris must have watched the edited for tv version 4 stars
1/03/03 Mr Math Some funny moments, but mostly terrible. 3 stars
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