Written August 15, 2012
This movie had an interesting story line which was spoiled by the gratuitous, explicit vulgar language. The explicit sex and language were completely unnecessary, and not expected from the trailer for the film. I have decided that Will Ferrell, no matter how funny he can be, simply can't make a decent movie. I was very troubled to see young children leaving the theater.
Another spoiler for us was seven previews before the movie began. A film billed as a 7 p.m. showing did not get started until nearly 7:30. That is too much.
Written August 11, 2012
I am a politically minded figure, and right off the bat I know that this would have a fairly liberal bias to it, something that I did not find detrimental, but I am just warning those who want to catch the flick. Aside from this, I expected quite a lot from this film, based most in fact that having Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis starring side by side probably meant that there would be no shortage of laughs. As is, the movie does not disappoint, though I would not say that it was a comedic powerhouse. The bottom line, if I had a choice to rent it, or buy it, I would side with renting it despite the fact that it is worth a watch in theaters.
Written October 09, 2015
Pretty funny movie at times but I would probably wait til it comes out on DVD. I live in DC, though, so it was a topical movie for me! Ha.
Written November 30, 2015
I took my wife and adult daughter to this movie. There were several parts in the movie where we laughed until we cried. However, this is definitely not for children. There were way too many f bombs and other bathroom humor that could have been eliminated and still have a funny movie. It seems too many movie directors and writers these days think they have to do that just to get an R rating.
If you are a fan of Will and Zach's style of humor, you will like this movie. The plot is OK if not predictable, but still many laugh out loud moments.
Overall, I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars for the entertainment value, but a thumbs down for the gross language.
Jim in NH
Written August 13, 2012
The good : Hillarious. Zach Galifianakis does a great job with his character, and is the perfect straight man to Will Ferrell. The audience was roaring scene after scene. This is an excellent comedy that will keep you laughing through most of the movie.
The bad : Will Ferrell plays the same role he's played in every other Will Ferrell moviel; there's nothing new here. Like many comedies the laughs taper off towards the end.
Conclusion : if you liked Talledega Nights or you are a Zach Galifianakis fan (bonus for both), then you will be in tears.