• Released
  • November 8, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • Comedy
  • 9 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two childhood friends return to their hometown to re-compete in a pageant they lost as children.

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75

The A.V. Club

Although some of the road-trip clichés are unavoidable, Ass Backwards overcomes the obvious beats with clever, occasionally dark jokes that...
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70

Village Voice

By Chris Packham
The episodic story and minimal budget result in a small canvas over which these two huge characters dominate.
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63

RogerEbert.com

It's infectious, and the daffy, breezy way they play off each other makes Ass Backwards way more enjoyable than it ought to be.
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50

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
Co-writers and stars June Diane Raphael (“Whitney,” “New Girl”) and Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”) are genuine and true comic performers....
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30

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
Apparently unsure whether to go with the lazy idea of a disastrous beauty pageant or the equally lazy idea of a zany road trip, Raphael and...
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
Ill-advised and amateurishly executed, Ass Backwards begins with a passably funny concept and runs it into the ground within 20 minutes.
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30

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
The film, a comedy without much comedy in it... clumsily tries to merge road trip humor and beauty pageant parody.
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30

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Ass Backwards proves that no amount of comic talent can shine — or raise a chuckle — in the absence of even halfway decent material.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
The scenarios in Ass Backwards, which director Chris Nelson contributed to by filming in focus, feel arbitrary rather than organic, as if...
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20

Time Out New York

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Wilson and Raphael have been a comedy team for years, and they riff off each other expertly; too often, however, that’s all they do.
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Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Language and edgy humor in dumb beauty-pageant spoof.
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