Strange Wilderness (2008)

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Critic Consensus: 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 cancellation, Peter finds himself resorting to desperate measures in order to stay on the air. Perhaps if the "Strange Wilderness" crew could somehow track down the most elusive creature ever to stalk the woodlands, they could keep their show on the air and go down in history as the adventurers who solved one of nature's greatest mysteries.
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R (for non-stop language, drug use, crude and sexual humor)
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Comedy
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Cast

Steve Zahn
as Peter Gaulke
Allen Covert
as Fred Wolf
Jonah Hill
as Cooker
Kevin Heffernan
as Bill Whitaker
Ashley Scott
as Cheryl
Peter Dante
as Danny Gutierrez
Harry Hamlin
as Sky Pierson
Robert Patrick
as Gus Hayden
Joe Don Baker
as Bill Calhoun
Justin Long
as Junior
Jeff Garlin
as Ed Lawson
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Critic Reviews for Strange Wilderness

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (10)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

At least Gaulke and Wolf didn't have to go far to kill their reputation: During the jungle piranha attack scene, a mallard floats by in the background.

February 4, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

This movie is designed for an audience that likes gross-out humour and endless silliness.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Strange Wilderness

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?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Wow... this was so boring

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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