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There's precious little to laugh at in The Sasquatch Gang, a sad attempt to board the loser-nerd comedy bandwagon.
It's unfortunate, then, that [Skousen] can't pick a protagonist
Most of the movie's villains are slack-jawed variations on Beavis and Butt-Head, but Kern's high-pitched dimwit steals the show. As his eyes glaze over, you can see a thought try to cross his face and give up halfway.
I'd say it must be seen to be believed, but really you ought to wait for TiVo on this one, so you can just skip to the good parts.
The Sasquatch Gang may not fully qualify as an undiscovered gem, but it's got some dynamite all its own.
Napoleon [Dynamite] fans will never admit to it, but Sasquatch is funnier, hinging on a bogus Bigfoot sighting and some hilariously stupid dudes.
Skousen as storyteller captures the language, the drag, the excesses and the simultaneously sad and wonderful friendships cementing each group.
[Writer/director Tim] Skousen's low-budget lark is a thing of small virtues.
If you think it's easy to balance silliness and smarts the way Napoleon Dynamite did, see what happens when it's done badly.
The rather limited outcast-comedy premise is already tapped out. So this painfully unfunny film seems considerably longer than its scant 90-minute running time.
Wacky characters doing silly things for nonsensical reasons seem to have become the standard paradigm for youth-oriented comedies of late.
Tim Skousen was first assistant director on Napoleon Dynamite, and he does little other than mimic its slightly off-kilter comedic tone and bizarre misfit characters.
This film's classic storyline of teenage fantasy role-players versus the redneck neighbors plays out like Napoleon Dynamite clashing with Joe Dirt's bucolic enemies. Throw in a group of younger bullies, a plot that revolves around a possible Sasquatch in the area, profits to be made over the validity of the Bigfoot "evidence,"?Carl Weathers steps in as Sasquatch expert, Dr. Snodgrass, to help resolve this matter?and you have all the ingredients for one hilarious movie.
I viewed this seemingly teen-targeted movie on DVD. The excellent writing, acting, and composition of this film gels into a wonderful creation that had the entire theatre rolling in the aisles.
If you can say "Sasquatch" without smiling, then you haven't seen this movie.
One of the stupidest comedies I have ever seen! But I love it for what it is!
The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang (2006): Starring Jeremy Sumpter, Justin Long, Joey Kern, Michael Mitchell, Addie Land, Jon Gries
An indie movie that could almost be a sequel to "Napoleon Dynamite" (it even features Jon "Napoleon" Heder and Jon "Uncle Rico" Gries in it) only these nerds make Napoleon look like Billy Dee Williams. These are uber-nerds. NERDS in ALLCAPS because that's just how incredibly nerdy they are. These are nerds who have sword fights on their front lawn with giant foam rubber swords they made (whilst playing "Lord of the Rings"-type fairy music on a boombox in the background). Head nerd Gavin runs a bootleg video rental service out of his bedroom. Hobie is the big fat nerd (you always need at least one), and Maynard is the "small for his age" blonde kid that looks up to the bigger nerds. Their nerd world is populated by bullies. Bullies like "Zerk Wilde" (hilariously played by Justin Long), a mullet-headed whitetrash dumbbell and his friend, "Shirts" (who ironically, never wears a shirt). Another bully is Shane (Michael Mitchell). Shane is the prototypical bully who's never without his two stooge-like henchmen. One day, the NERDS find sasquatch tracks (and a giant sasquatch turd) while looking for arrow heads in the woods. Bully Shane tells Gavin he didn't find any Sasquatch tracks (or turd) and bets him his chinese throwing star for Gavin's video collection that he didn't. Meanwhile, Zerk owes $1400 to a credit card company ($5 of which came from a fastfood purchase he made in 1999, the other $1395 is in interest), so he tries to raise the money through several bone-headed schemes. All the characters interact in the final reel ("Pulp Fiction"-style, in fact, this movie is edited much like Pulp Fiction, all the scenes are out of order), and Carl Weathers even makes a special appearance as the Bigfoot expert, "Dr. Artimus Snodgrass". Besides the Carl Weathers cameo, this movie heavily features laser tag, dirt bikes and corndogs. This is quite an unusual, painfully funny movie (the pain coming from childhood memories of being an uber-nerd, i guess), and it might even go down as a cult classic one day. Just like Napoleon Dynamite.
Rofl. Just fun, and hilarious..in that kind of Napoleon Dynamite kind of way.
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