“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Monday, September 12, 2016
Farce of the Penguins (2006)
aka Penguin's March
How bad is it? This blows. Should you see it? No.
Long before Bob Saget did little voice-overs for home videos on "America's Funniest Home Videos," he did one of the bluest stand-up routines; he's one of only 2, for example, who tell the whole joke in "The Aristocrats." Here, he tries to combine the two threads in a parody of "March of the Penguins," with no success at all, either as writer or director. Samuel L. Jackson narrates. Lewis Black, Tracy Morgan, Christina Applegate, Mo'Nique, Jason Alexander, Jim Belushi, Jason Biggs, Dane Cook, fellow "Full House" alums John Stamos and Dave Coulier, Harvey Fierstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyson Hannigan, Gilbert Gottfried, Jamie Kennedy, Brie Larson, John Lovitz and Norm MacDonald all contribute voices, but not laughs. The whole plot: penguin wants sex, has to cross Antarctica to get it. If this had been edited to a tight five minutes, it might've been great.