Sundance Review: Ass Backwards


Director:Chris Nelson

Cast:June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Vincent D'Onofrio

Running Time:90 Minutes


I love stupid comedy. Airplane. Dumb & Dumber. Anchorman. Idiotic movies about idiotic people, every one, and I can't get enough. Ass Backwards is very much an idiotic movie about idiots. The difference is Airplane isn't a chore to watch. Anchorman doesn't keep you checking your watch every five minutes. Dumb & Dumber"¦ well, I might be alone in this, but there are few movies that make me giggle the way Dumb & Dumber does. For the entirety of Ass Backwards, I couldn't wait to leave.

Awkwardness in comedy is very popular right now. When done right, it can be unbelievably hilarious. But Ass Backwards has no Ricky Gervais, no Larry David, no Sacha Baron Cohen. Make no mistake, this film will make you cringe at the awkwardness, but it's not going to give you the laughs that make that discomfort so worth it. Apart from one running gag involving a scratched CD and A-Ha's "Take On Me", you're not going to laugh, not even a snort. It's unfortunate; the stars, June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, have proven they're more than capable of making people laugh in shows like Happy Endings, Party Down, and Saturday Night Live. Somehow, they lost that talent making the jump from the small screen to the silver screen.


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