Written August 11, 2008
I've always liked Ben Stiller but I'm going to pass on this movie. It's so wrong to call a person with developmental disabilities a "retard."
People with disabilities have enough challenges and enough social stigma without the media offering it as entertainment.
To me, Simple Jack isn't the one with mental deficiencies--Ben Stiller and the folks at Dreamworks are.
Written August 18, 2008
The movie started out great. I couldn't think of a better way to start the movie to create the back story. The previews were part of the greatness of the movie. The second greatest part was the cameos. I won't reveal the second one but it a good one.
Overall, the movie started out awesome. It slowed a little in the middle but for the most part. Probably as funny as the modern classics (Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, 40 Year Old Virgin)
Written August 29, 2008
I thought it was insanely funny, the whole theater was cracking up especially the character simple Jack. With a team of comedians like that it had to be. The story and plot were great! But it is not a movie for those who are always taking movies too seriously like the PC's and the race rioters. If you want to laugh then go see this movie now.
Written August 19, 2008
This movie had great potential, but it was never realized. The idea was hilarious. The material was not. Whoever came up with blending the beginning of the movie with the the preview trailers was was brilliant, but the material used was so offensive it had most people in shocked silence instead of laughter (i.e. the "Booty Sweat" segment). The language was way over the top. The F-word was used more than all other combined. The graphic nature of the gore was more akin to "Saw" or "The Hills Have Eyes". I know that it is meant to make fun of the more recent war/action movies such as "Rambo", but it was way over the top. I was hoping for a good laugh. I usually get one from Black and Stiller, but I was mostly just embarrassed. The audience at my showing laughed at about 10% of the material (mostly from Robert Downey Jr.) but sat in stunned silence for the rest. This movie has a well deserved R rating, but I think an NC-17 would've been safer. I expected a lot more from the cast & crew
Written August 22, 2008
Not entirely perfect either. The movie has its funny moments, but there are times when it felt the direction didn't know where to go. Was this going to be an action movie, or is it a comedy. The theater was full and it helped, thank god nobody used their cellphones, so freaking annoying!
If you're a fan of either Stiller, Black, or Downey Jr. see it.
Out of all of the performances, I liked Downey's the best. Black would be a close second.