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(Review originally written at 23 July 2006)

The story already forces you to not take this movie seriously. There basically is no plot-line, as a matter of fact, this is one of those movies in which the story really isn't relevant. The movie could had had any other story-line but just have the same silly characters, dialog and situations, regardless of.

It's one of this silly over-the-top comedies, that has both some big hits and huge misses. The good and funny moments definitely make this movie worthwhile but it simply is not the best or most consistent comedies around. The movie relies (too much) on its silly over-the-top comedy characters. The actors that portray them are definitely good and obviously very experienced in the comedy-genre, so they still make most part of the movie and its jokes work out fine but because of its inconsistency this movie is also a quite forgettable one, even though it certainly had some memorable moments. It's a movie that's perhaps fun to watch once but I don't think I want to watch it again any time soon.

In the end it really are the actors that definitely make this movie a worthwhile one. I didn't necessarily liked Will Ferrell in the main role, in my opinion Ferrell is better and funnier when he plays smaller comedy roles, in similar movies like this one. Perhaps also a reason why I didn't liked this movie that much. But the supporting cast is really superb. Of course no matter what she ever does, Christina Applegate shall always be remembered as Kelly Bundy from "Married with Children" but in this movie she shows that she can handle other comedy roles just as well and just as convincing. Other stellar comedy roles are there from Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Fred Willard. Some fun cameos are there from; Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Danny Trejo, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. I just love how these guys always pop up in to each other movies, just for the fun of it. It makes this movie for the fans of the silly-comedies from the late '90's and '00's still a bit of a must-see and a recommendable movie, despite its flaws.

It's fun that the movie is set in the '70's but it unfortunately doesn't do enough with this fact, comical-wise. A missed opportunity in my opinion.

It overall is a fun, silly brainless movie to watch, that will certainly entertaining but don't expect it to make a lasting hilarious impression.

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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