Nature Calls (2012)



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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 … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Rohal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2013
Box Office: $382
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Critic Reviews for Nature Calls

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

A low-watt, low-wit comedy.

Full Review… | November 9, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

After a lot of wandering around, we realize we've really just been walking in circles the whole time.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The humor in Nature Calls tends toward the dopey and obvious ...

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

The unmitigated disaster of the camping trip just stays disastrous, the story never really finding its way from adversity to heroic redemption.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Village Voice
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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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Nature Calls is one of the worst movies I've ever seen EVER! The cast was mediocre, the plot was ridiculous, all of the characters are annoying, and there isn't a single humorous scene in the entire film. Don't waste your time.


Ultimately a charming story about a man-child trying to cling to the ways of the scout troop that got him through his youth, and the lengths that his brother will go to to try and sabotage this. Johnny Knoxville is a complete prick to his brother Patton Oswalt, which eventually drives him to kidnap the scout troop for actual camping in the woods, as their father envisioned, rather than the sanitized, politically correct version of things that their organization has been forced to concede in a modern society.

Worth a rental.

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