• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Richard Benjamin
    In Theaters:
    Aug 22, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 20, 2004
  • Paramount Pictures

Critic Review - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Given the songs were written by South Park songwriter Marc Shaiman, the lyrics should be more caustic. Like that show, the film is equally irreverent but nowhere near as intelligent or subversive.

August 28, 2003 Full Review | Comment (1)



Mervyn Warren

Nick is correct. I worked on the movie, and originally, the songs written by Marc Shaiman, Mervyn Warren, and Paul Rudnick *were* in fact *far* more caustic. They practically made South Park seem like Sesame Street. The original version of "In The Butt" is like nothing you've ever heard. EVER! But during production, two things happened:

First, 911. As a result, entire sequences that poked fun at various things or people had to be cut. For example -- an entire sequence about the Hindenberg disaster, featuring a song parody of the Celine Dion number from Titanic had to go. The parody was entitled "My Heart Will Explode." While filming the scene, the crew couldn't keep from bursting into laughter. But in light of 911, the Hindenberg song, which made light of the blimp crashing, couldn't possibly remain in the movie. Other sequences were cut, as well.

Secondly, the original version of this movie was chock full of mature language and situations. SHOCKING -- and funny -- language (a la South Park). But during testing (still in the wake of 911), the movie scored highest with teenagers, but was also likely to get either an NC-17 or R rating, meaning that the very people who enjoyed the movie the most (teens) couldn't see it without parental supervision.

So, the movie was altered in order to make it PG -- which unfortunately stripped the movie of much of what made it "work" in the first place.

In all, a very, very unfortunate sequence of events. :-/

Apr 16 - 03:37 PM

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