Monday, July 25, 2016

Dirty Movie (2011)

aka National Lampoon's Dirty Movie

How bad is it? It's not the worst National Lampoon film, but it is the least plotted.
Should you see it? No.

Everything National Lampoon released directly to home video is terrible, but some people said that this one was actually funny, so I checked it out. It's not funny, unless you're a 10 year-old boy for whom all jokes are new. The "plot" is that a filmmaker decides to make a film that's nothing but people telling the dirtiest jokes they know. It's no "The Aristocrats." It's mostly meant to offend, and I'm a believer in "If it doesn't offend somebody, it's not very funny," but its scattershot approach doesn't work. There's a lot of the N-word, plus bestiality, pedophilia, dead baby jokes, digs at little people and old people, at transgender people, at Mexicans and Jews and at the film industry itself (but not enough to work). Christopher Meloni, who directed, also stars and Cyndi Lauper shows up. The best comedian in the bunch is Robert Klein.

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