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Strange Wilderness (2008)



Average Rating: 2.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 44

Strange Wilderness is a laugh-free comedy that's both aimless and overly crass.


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

Strange Wilderness is a laugh-free comedy that's both aimless and overly crass.



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A pair of animal enthusiasts desperate to boost the ratings of their failing television series "Strange Wilderness" set out for the Andes in search of the elusive Bigfoot in this comedy directed by Fred Wolf and starring Justin Long, Steve Zahn, Kevin Heffernan, and Ernest Borgnine. Peter Gaulke (Zahn) and Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) are the energetic hosts of "Strange Wilderness" -- television's most unconventional nature show. When the ratings take a nosedive and they are confronted with



Peter Gaulke, Fred Wolf

May 20, 2008


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No snob to low-brow ridiculousness when it's actually unexpected, I'll admit to being amused exactly once.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (3)
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This movie is designed for an audience that likes gross-out humour and endless silliness.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Despite the presence of funny guys such as Zahn, Garlin, Justin Long and Jonah Hill, along with veteran character actors Ernest Borgnine, Joe Don Baker and Robert Patrick, the movie fails to be even passably funny.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There are stupid stoner comedies and then there are stupid stoner comedies that ain't funny, and the latest effluvium from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company is mostly a bummer.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Underachieving even by the standards of stoner comedies, Strange Wilderness is so inert that it doesn't so much unreel on screen as loiter there, giggling at its own outrageousness.

February 2, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Laughter is definitely an endangered species where Strange Wilderness is concerned.

February 2, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Hatefully stupid and unfunny.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Any resemblance to comedy is purely coincidental and unintentional. The only reason to chuckle is to prove you haven't died while watching it. Its credits should be handed to a mercenary. It's not a film. It's the Zeroes' worst pop-culture excretion.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's just plain lazy (or incompetent or both) filmmaking from start to finish.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

After watching Strange Wilderness, you may want to soak your feet in a tub of live piranhas, just for laughs. You'll find it a lot more fun than anything in this movie.

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

What can you say about a film when its most memorable scene is the one in which Steve Zahn's private parts get caught up in a turkey's throat?

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

I would say 20% of the jokes work and the rest fell flat!

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Players like Hill, Long, and Zahn have natural comedic ability, but there's honestly not much they can do with such weak material.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

A few cute gags aside, this is an exercise in stupidity aimed at those who find 15 different names for a bong to be funny.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Really not very funny. Unless you're a moronic frat boy who's been smoking a lot of wacky backy, in which case it's probably hilarious.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)

Strange Wilderness is a never-ending bundle of self-consciously raunchy skits aimed at under-achieving slackers who are too high to notice how desperately pathetic it all is.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's nothing in this lame, low budget stoner flick that even peeps above the parapet of the ordinary.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source:

A comedy wilderness.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

About as funny as watching a cute animal die a long slow death - and probably as painful.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

'Strange Wilderness' isn't funny enough to produce anything more than a few slight chuckles. We mostly groan and squirm in our seats while watching it.

March 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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...worthless garbage...

February 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (5)
Sacramento News & Review

Maybe the screenwriters were chemically altered when they decided that this stoner comedy was funny.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Even though this raucous, low-low-lowbrow comedy hits theaters early in the year, I'm thinking the race for bottom-feeder of 2008 is, if not over, at least well under way.

February 8, 2008

The thing looks like it was shot over the course of six random (weed-filled) weekends, probably for fun at first, but then someone got the idea to release this glorified home movie into theaters. Bad idea.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Slinks its way in and out of theaters without leaving any trace of its passage besides a distinct tang in the air of flop sweat and sorrow.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Audience Reviews for Strange Wilderness

Mildly amusing but I still don't get American Stoner films. They never seem to be written by people who have ever been stoned before. If a film is consistently funny, then go ahead and end it abruptly but unless you're actually in Monty Python don't. You will come across as arrogant, desperate and full of regret at best. I chuckled a couple of times but that's about all it did for me, these guys aren't funny enough to do impromptu comedy and if you have to be that stoned to enjoy it, it suggests that it either isn't very good or you need to find a better dealer, the one you have is ripping you off.
September 2, 2013

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They could solve the world's biggest mystery, if only they had a clue.

Entertaining movie which was dumb most of the times but was funny too at times and made me laugh. It depends on your sense of humor if you'll enjoy this movie or be a waste of time for you, watch at own risk and if you do watch it don't take it so seriously.

When his father dies, Peter Gaulke inherits "Strange Wilderness," dad's TV show about animals. After ratings plummet and the show is canceled, we watch a long flashback to see its demise. The studio head gives the show two more weeks. An old friend brings a story about Bigfoot in Ecuador, so a long road trip ensues with stops along the way and enough problems, misjudgments, and deaths to sink a less intrepid band. Peter's team faces competition from a better-funded and more practiced set of rivals. Who will find Bigfoot first, and will they get it on tape and save the show? Can Peter make dad proud?
July 15, 2011
Manu Gino

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Wow... this was so boring
September 18, 2010
Albert Kim

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Strange Wilderness for me is a harmless comedy. Sure the film is definitely not a classic, but it did make me laugh. People take the film seriously, and thats why they pan it. The can't appreciate something comical. This film is much better than most comedies out there. Strange Wilderness is a much better fil that Semi Pro for example or Land Of The Lost. Sure the film could have been better, but compared to most Happy Madison failures (Paul Blart, Deuce Bigalow, etc) this is a good film. This film is not great, but it's good. Strange Wilderness is the type of film that you watch when you have nothing else better to do. The low brow type of humour may not appeal to many, as I came to notice by all the negative reviews. However Strange Wilderness is a film for people who have a vulgar and twisted sense of humour (thats why I like it, cause thats my sense of humour) Now I'm not saying that this is as good as The Hangover, far from it, but this film has some really funny moments. This is by far along with Grandma's Boy one of the better Happy Madison productions. May not win any oscars or be remembered as a great comedy in the years to come, but for what it is; it will make you laugh if you have a twisted sense of humour. One of the weaker aspects of the film is Joe Don Baker, I can't stand him, he is by far one of the worst actors I have ever seen. He basically plays the same character in every he does, and he ruins it. They totally missed the mark in doing so. Again, Strange Wilderness is not for everyone, but if you like harmless fun, then this film is for you.
September 15, 2010
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Peter Gaulke: Bears have been known to attack man, although the fact is that fewer people have been killed by bears than in all of world war 1 and 2 combined.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Gaulke: It is estimated that bears attack 2 million salmon a year. Attacks by salmon on bears are much more rare.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Gaulke: When a shark appears in the area sea lions will leave the water immediately. Luckily there are no tigers on the shore waiting for him, or he wouldn't know what the fuck to do.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Gaulke: These birds are saying howdy to the zebra. Actually, they're not saying howdy. They're eating the shit out of him.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Gaulke: Monkeys make up over 80% of the world's monkey population.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
    1. Peter Gaulke: No matter how many sea lions are killed each year by sharks, it never seems like enough.
    – Submitted by Joseph B (19 months ago)
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