I had mistakenly assumed that combining several of my favorite things into one movie would make me love it. Sadly, that’s not the case. There were three things in particular that I loved that were featured in this movie:
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Stand-up comedians
Unfortunately, simply combining those things didn’t make for a great movie. The movie was based loosely on the hit documentary March of the Penguins, which I loved. It featured Morgan Freeman as the narrator, someone who I love almost as much as I love Samuel L. Jackson. Where March was cute and fuzzy, Farce is profane and pervy.
Don’t get me wrong, I love profane and pervy, in the right setting. Bob Saget’s stand up show at the Boston Comedy Connection last year was pure genius – even when he turned the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” into “Danny Tanner Was Not Gay.” I loved The Aristocrats, even though I cringed through most of it. But there’s something inherently wrong about making cute little penguins say things children should not hear.
The movie has its highlights, though. It’s always fun when stars gather their star friends for movie cameos, this time as voices. This film features more comedy stars than you can imagine – Mo’Nique, Jason Alexander, Harvey Fierstein, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Lovitz and Jonathan Silverman, just to name a few. They even threw in some movie actors like Alysson Hannigan and Jason Biggs (both of American Pie fame). The cherry on top of the actor sundae is a pile of Bob Saget’s former Full House co-stars – John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky), Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey) and Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie).
While the movie had a few funny one liners, it definitely didn’t need to be an hour and twenty minutes long. The highlight of the whole thing was Lewis Black. He’s as entertaining in penguin form as he is on the Comedy Central and HBO specials I’ve watched so many times. He never ceases to be funny.
I have to hand it to Bob Saget. He wrote and directed the film, and gathered what amounts to an all-star cast in the comedy world to be in his mockumentary. He had the best of the best in comedy doing voices for penguins in a straight-to-dvd flick. If that’s not power, I don’t know what is.
I’d say rent it if you’re bored. Or buy it because Bob Saget deserves the cash – he was Danny Tanner for God’s sake.