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I May Destroy You
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I think if this movie had come out now it would have done better. This movie is basically Airplane/Naked Gun style comedy mixed with dirty humor and profanity. Not a mix that works for everyone, but if those appeal to you than this is right in your wheelhouse. At the time, super raunchy humor like this did not have as much of a niche, so critics slammed it, but I think nowadays more critics would accept that this has appeal for some people even if they don't find it funny.
Trey and Matt really carry the movie, they are charming and likable in the lead roles and have tons of funny lines. The humor is silly but not stupid; there's wit and inventiveness to the jokes to go along with the dirty comedy. Yasmine Bleeth is kind of meh but she doesn't really hurt the movie; Jenny McCarthy is just there mainly because this was back when everyone was obsessed with how hot she was. But she is in it little enough that she doesn't distract too much and you can focus on what works.
The main thing that didn't work for me were the psych outs; even the concept doesn't make much sense. I couldn't buy that a player would pass out in shock/rage because someone on the other team suggested that they were banging the player's wife, when they know the other team is trying to psych them out and therefore is just going to be making stuff up to shock them. Also the fact that the psych outs didn't work on Trey and Matt 99% of the time made them kind of dumb. Weakest element of the movie for sure, but there are plenty of other laughs to make up for it.
This movie is kind of odd in the direction it takes. I'm sure a lot of people wrote it off after just hearing the concept of "Johnny Knoxville pretends to be mentally challenged", believing that it was a movie mocking the mentally disabled. However, it bends over backwards to not be offensive towards the mentally retarded, so much so that it's actually to the movie's detriment, as weird as that sounds. I don't mean that to say that the mentally retarded should be mocked, but that the movie has this tone of being so worried about being perceived as mocking that it misses opportunities to be funny.
Also, Johnny Knoxville is not a good enough actor to sell a lot of the beats he's given, and he's paired with the completely wooden Katherine Heigl, so the romance and emotional beats fall pretty flat. Brian Cox was the standout of the movie and it's too bad his character wasn't in it more.
A movie that has a good idea but is short on details. The positives about it revolve around Hope, who is extremely foul-mouthed and gets most of the funny lines (assuming you like that kind of humor). The sex scene between two gymnasts is a riot. I also liked that Hope doesn't completely change by the end of the movie (still wears her warmup suit, still loves being the pride of the town), she just found a way to move forward with her life, which I think was more true to life and not forced.
On the other hand, while I appreciate that they wanted to do a movie with a female main character that is profane and unlikeable, as there are few movies like that, it seems like they were so eager to portray such a character that they didn't bother to take the humor beyond her being crude. There was potential for more jokes from the other characters that wasn't realized, and it seems like they were struggling to fill out the running time with a couple scenes that drag on and are too serious in nature. The funny moments are more spread out than they should be.
On a final note, I have no idea what kind of accent Melissa Rauch is trying to do, as I'm from western PA and I've never heard anyone from Ohio talk anything like she does. Ohio isn't known for having a strong regional accent; she sounds like she's doing an accent from New England or something. She was laying on the accent really thick and it was a tad bit distracting.