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Nature Calls (2012)

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11

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 2.2/5
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Movie Info

Oswalt stars as Scoutmaster Randy Stevens, whose dwindling, apathetic troop ditches a scout meeting in favor of a TV-themed slumber party hosted by Randy's brother Kirk (Knoxville), his polar opposite and arch nemesis. When Randy rounds up the boys in the middle of the night, stealing them for an highly unauthorized/unorganized trip to the woods, all hell breaks loose as Kirk pursues with a pair of gun-toting employees (Riggle and O'Neal). Drinking, nudity, mishandled fireworks and tremendously

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Drama, Comedy

Todd Rohal

Jan 22, 2013

$382

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A low-watt, low-wit comedy.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It almost seems like harder work somehow to get this many comedians together and then turn out a movie that is only so fitfully funny.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Its jokes won't appeal to anyone older than 8, but a parent who takes a child to this crass mess would be subject to prosecution.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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After a lot of wandering around, we realize we've really just been walking in circles the whole time.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The humor in Nature Calls tends toward the dopey and obvious ...

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The unmitigated disaster of the camping trip just stays disastrous, the story never really finding its way from adversity to heroic redemption.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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More "Hangover" than "Moonrise Kingdom," but with elements of both. And more than a few rude and raunchy laughs.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Forgettable, raunchy scouting comedy isn't for young kids.

November 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... squanders its cast amid a collection of lackluster gags.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Nature Calls promises a silly good time, only to display little interest in fulfilling that promise.

November 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

It's probably best to let this particular call from nature go unheeded.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

I'd write that it's the worst thing to happen to the Boy Scouts in quite some time, but the organization appears to have bigger fish to fry these days.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Nature Calls is something else for sure, but falls short of fitting into the wild and weird cinematic world Rohal has created.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch
Twitch

Writer-director Todd Rohal fills muddled scenes with manic amounts of jokes that all manage to land with a thud.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Overall, this is one comedy I hope never makes it to theaters. Ok, it's a step or two above Bucky Larson, but it's not worth the price of admission.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

As it is, Nature Calls is a frequently funny mess, but a mess all the same.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Any true emotions are snuffed out by over-the-top shock humor that, though constantly ratcheted up, is only done so to conceal the film's tonal inconsistencies and unease when it comes to big questions.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Audience Reviews for Nature Calls

"Manhood. The only badge that matters."

Nature Calls is pretty much what you'd expect. It's a dumb comedy that doesn't really work and tries to push major themes like becoming a man. While it tries, it doesn't succeed. Basically the movie is an hour and fifteen minute exercise in how to not make jokes work. There were a few instances where something was funny, but for the most part jokes come and go without provoking even a chuckle. 

Randy is a boy scout leader who is about to take over for his dying father. The scouts is all Randy knows and he loves it. He doesn't like where his troop is headed though. He has a small troop that doesn't even want to be there in the first place. When his camping trip that he had planned goes down the drain after the kids decide to go to a sleepover at Randy's brother, Kirk's house; Randy decides to take the boys and set off into the woods for the camping trip he always wanted. Kirk and some goons are on his trail though.

Patton Oswalt is a perfect actor for a character like this, I just wish the material was better. The movie is too short, poorly written, and horribly directed. With a better story, a better supporting cast, and a new director, this miserable movie could have been saved. As it is though, it's just another example of a failed comedy. Patton does what he can, but he doesn't have the presence to completely save a bad movie like some actors can.
March 13, 2013
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    1. Kirk: I'm gonna murder him dead!
    – Submitted by Chris P (22 months ago)
    1. Randy: Nature is your toilet. Pee anywhere.
    – Submitted by Chris P (22 months ago)
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