Are The Whitest Kids U Know funny? I hope so. Sketch comedy is always something that should be pursued, but is a hard art to master. I just rewatched The State, the complete series, and that works, but even with them, and with Mr. Show, with Monty Python, it’s a delicate balance, and it doesn’t always work when it comes to movies. David Wain’s The Ten and the Mr. Show movie Run Ronnie Run are obvious examples of sketch comedy poorly translated to cinema. And I say this having rooted for these fims. With Zach Creggar and Trevor Moore, they’ve taken their work from The Whitest Kids, and taken the opportunity to write, direct and star in a feature film. Miss March. My review after the jump
After watching their film, I’m comfortable with the notion that their show isn’t very funny. The premise of Miss March is that Eugene Bell (Creggar) is a virginal doof who loves his girlfriend Cindi Whitehall (Raquel Alessi), but doesn’t believe in pre-marital sex. Whereas his best friend Tucker Cleigh (Moore) is a horndog who hits on everything. Eugene finally breaks down and agrees to sleep with Cindi after prom, but he has an accident after a couple of shots that sends him into a coma for four years. When he wakes up the only person who visits him is Tucker, who’s now sleeping with the epileptic Candace (Molly Stanton). Eugene wants to know where his girl went off to, and finds out that she’s become a Playboy model. That sends the two on a cross country road trip, which must be done in a hurry because Tucker stabbed Candace in the face repeatedly with a fork, and her brother is getting all firemen everywhere to hunt down Tucker.
The film opened in March of this year and sank like a stone. It’s easy to see why. There’s not a lot of funny here, though the structure of the film is reasonable, the two leads are only modestly amusing throughout, and the archetypes of their characters are familiar enough, but they don’t really do much with them. There are moments throughout, but films like this remind how impressive a film like Sex Drive is, in that that film is really funny, and this has little but promise. You could see how some jokes might work a bit better if they were reworked, or something took it to the next level. Here it’s a lot of throwaways. Though he ends up with little to work with Craig Robinson is the film’s MVP for playing Horsedick.MPEG (that’s his name). He gets a number of laughs with his song “Suck that Dick While I Fuck Your Asshole.” But I fear I’ve made the film sound better than it is.
20th Century Fox presents the film on Blu-ray in both rated and unrated versions. The biggest failing of the film is that the directors couldn’t get Alessi – the Miss March of the film – naked in either cut. The differences between the two appear to be minor. But the transfer is solid in widescreen (1.78:1) and in DTS 5.1 HD. The only extras are a series of five viral videos (14 min.) and a phony-doc on Horsedick.MPEG (2 min.). A digital copy of the film is also included.