Teddy Bears' Picnic (2002)

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A comic junket behind-the-scenes of the world's most exclusive power-broker retreat. The true story: the richest, most powerful white men in America gather each summer in Northern California for a super secret retreat that takes them back to their sophomore year in college. For fifty-one weeks a year they run the country. For one week they run amuck. They're there to unwind, but they get really unwound when that secrecy is threatened.
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R
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Brenda Strong
as Jackie Sloane Chevron
John Michael Higgins
as Whit Summers
Henry Gibson
as Clifford Sloane
Harry Shearer
as Joey Lavin
Michael McKean
as Porterfield Pendleton
Joyce Hyser
as Rita D'Onofrio
David Rasche
as Elliot Chevron
Morgan Fairchild
as Courtney Vandermint
Justin Kirk
as `Damien Pritzker
Kurtwood Smith
as Sec. of Transportation William Easter
Fred Willard
as Senato Roger Dickey
Travis Wester
as Denny O'Leary
Howard Hesseman
as Ted Frye
Alan Thicke
as Himself
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Jennifer Gersh
George Wendt
as General Edison Gerberding
Robert Mandan
as Stanton Vandermint
Julie Payne
as Lila Claypool
Bob Einstein
as Dom Molinari
Kenneth Mars
as Gene Molinari
Thom Sharp
as James Neal Taylor
Dick Butkus
as Himself
Burt Bulos
as Billy the Driver
Richard Israel
as Ad Agency Guy
John O'Hurley
as Earle Hansen
Ming-Na Wen
as Katy Woo
John Marrott
as County Sheriff
Dale E. Turner
as Maurice the Driver
Gilley Grey
as Guard
Judith Owen
as Nancy McMahon
Darron Johnson
as Malcolm the Bartender
Peter Marshall
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Teddy Bears' Picnic

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Pic lacks the development needed for a full-length feature and, following a hilarious opening sequence, it becomes tiresomely one-note.

Full Review… | February 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Most of the film feels conceived and shot on the fly -- like between lunch breaks for Shearer's radio show and his Simpson voice-overs.

November 22, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The satire is unfocused, while the story goes nowhere.

Full Review… | April 5, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It is supremely unfunny and unentertaining to watch middle-age and older men drink to excess, piss on trees, b.s. one another and put on a show in drag.

April 3, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A beyond-lame satire, Teddy Bears' Picnic ranks among the most pitiful directing debuts by an esteemed writer-actor.

March 29, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Too much of it feels unfocused and underdeveloped.

March 28, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Teddy Bears' Picnic

Dear God, what on earth happened? How could this much talent make such a horrendous film? It is totally not funny, stupid and ridiculous and insulting. A complete waste in all senses of the word.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Starring Morgan Fairchild?.. what gives her top billing she's only in it for 3 minutes! Well, I am surprised I hadn't heard of this.. I noticed it sitting on the shelf at work and decided to see if it was any good.. Now, I'm really into the other films that Harry Sheerer made with Christopher Guest, so.. it was a fairly safe bet I'd at least get a laugh.. it delivered. I'm going to run more and talk to myself less.. I loved that line.. (it's not the best in the movie, but for some reason it stuck out)

Anne Still
Anne Still

Dear God, what on earth happened? How could this much talent make such a horrendous film? It is totally not funny, stupid and ridiculous and insulting. A complete waste in all senses of the word.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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