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Total Crap: 14.89%

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres
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by Erik Childress

"I Think You Forgot Part Of My Order"
3 stars

The first time a friend of mine made me watch an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force on Cartoon Network, I was completely baffled. It was a sack of fries, a milkshake and a meatball conversing and making no allusions to their supposed crimefighting ways. There was a stream of consciousness to the humor that was only good for a few snickers since most of the time I was struggling to understand the thing. More episodes came, I began appreciating the whacked-out style and goofy machinations of their daily encounters until it was a regular staple on my Tivo and DVD rotations. I don’t expect those coming in to a feature version of their adventures to understand why I was laughing so hard at times. But I did expect to laugh far more than I actually did.

Part origin story, part ultimate case yet…oh, who am I kidding? It’s a theatrical version six-and-a-half times the average length of what of the Adult Swim episodes run. Frylock, Master Shake and Meatwad of the one-time crime-fighting trio (fans recall the job wasn’t paying the bills) come face-to-face with their greatest challenge yet. A piece of exercise equipment dubbed the Insanoflex warns you not to put it together. Warnings of curiosity not being their strongsuit, Frylock assembles the alien device which takes on a life of its own (envision The Wrath of Khan’s Reliant spacecraft with legs) and is hellbent on laying its eggs, taking over the planet, yadda yadda etc…

Whew. Got that pesky plot out of the way; one that is right at home in the 12-minute confines of the show. Even as just one segment that resolves itself twenty minutes before the kind of abrupt ending fans can appreciate, it falls victim to the film’s most egregious problem. It consists of a single joke and like many of the punchlines and absurdities, creators Matt Maiellaro & Dave Willis don’t just deliver it once. We get it twice and then a third time for topping when it was only marginally funny the first time. More disappointing, the immortal Mooninites, Ignignokt & Er, are saddled with lines lifted directly from the show or close enough to them. This shouldn’t seem as big a deal to fans who would gladly loop the episodes dedicated to the space invaders and call it a weekend, but like many of the favorite characters they are given too little screen time for fresh material to triumph.

Maybe I’m just suffering through a Carl withdrawal, a personal favorite who lives next to the food products and is the subject of frequent theft and general pesterence. (My favorite Aqua Teen episode – “Carl”.) As a victim of the Insanoflex, Carl’s participation in the film is reduced to the kind of torturous aside that still would have amounted to one of his weaker comeuppances on the show after such memorable fates as being sucked into a toilet, infected with a clown virus and challenging the magical belt of ‘80s supergroup, Foreigner. Through 80-some minutes, I wanted more Carl, more Mooninites and less humping and sexual experimentation by the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, whose whacked out tales of history can barely be understood thanks to an amplified voice pattern on screen.

Through my many disappointments with the film version, the laughs may not be as frequent as on TV but they are all of the huge variety. The initial 15 minutes, kicked off by the funniest theater PSA we may ever seen, are loaded with the kind of non-sensical wit and farcical illogicality that helps skyrocket our expectations. Once the Insanoflex plot takes center stage, it’s reduced to a few smiles and chuckles (save for a bout with a flaming chicken) until a late, almost too sophisticated, reference to Videodrome towards the end reminds us just how funny these guys can be. I’ve survived well enough without the wacky tabacky to enjoy the show in a consistent state of lucidity. Maybe the film is, as many will speculate, for the truly baked of the world. Maybe. But I think even they will have to buy their tickets in the cogent state of having never seen the antics of Dr. Weird, Dirtfoot and MC Pee Pants since most potheads will favor the fresh stuff over stale weeds.

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User Comments

5/27/10 Brady Best comedy cartoon film ever. 5 stars
10/07/09 Joise Cotton is a goddess Extremely funny! 5 stars
11/07/07 mike nothing funny except the song from the theater snacks 1 stars
8/14/07 Caiphn All over the place. Some genuinely ridiculously funny moments. 3 stars
7/03/07 William Goss An ultra-extended episode, for better and worse. Brilliant opener, though. 3 stars
6/05/07 ATHF Junky The Funniest movie ive ever seen!! \../ (>.<) \../ 5 stars
5/03/07 Wesley The best ATHF episode yet. 5 stars
4/29/07 David Pollastrini Never was a big fan of ATHF 3 stars
4/25/07 Jay Jay Wasn't looking for a plot...just randomness. First 10 minutes made me die laughing. 4 stars
4/23/07 DUDE ATHF RLEZ BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/22/07 dylan m. great movie, quit bitching about it. Its aqua teen. 5 stars
4/22/07 LD Dumb, dumb, dumb. Phil Collins rocks. 2 stars
4/22/07 Alex I laughed really hard when Shake taught Meatwad how to get laid. 5 stars
4/18/07 poopbutt!!! Sweet Sweet Nectar! 5 stars
4/18/07 ATHF Fan I'm a huge ATHF fan and I though the movie was fairly funny. Crappy plot though. 3 stars
4/16/07 Rachel Ward This movie is brilliant, you just have to understnd its brilliance!! 5 stars
4/15/07 Ray Funny. But clearly is not a really strong plot 3 stars
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  13-Apr-2007 (R)
  DVD: 14-Aug-2007



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Directed by
  Matt Maiellaro
  Dave Willis

Written by
  Matt Maiellaro
  Dave Willis

  Matt Maiellaro
  Dave Willis
  Dana Snyder
  Carey Means
  Andy Merrill

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