Extreme Movie (2009) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy
Weinstein Company || Unrated - 76 minutes - $19.95 || February 24, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-02-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
Writer(s): Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson (written by)
Cast: Ryan Pinkston, Michael Cera, Frankie Muniz, Cherilyn Wilson, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1: English
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

So I was asked what exactly a ďmovie reviewerĒ is a few days ago by one of my friends. About an hour later I decided to answer his question after watching Extreme Movie. How did my answer go? It was something along the lines of ďthere are some great times, some decent times, and there are other times where you wish that your DVD player broke so you didnít have to finish a movie.Ē This review, of course, is the latter.

Now, if you look at the cast of the film, youíve got say to yourself ďWell that looks like a pretty admirable cast, Frankie Muniz (ďMalcolm in the MiddleĒ), Michael Cera (Superbad), Matthew Lillard (Iím sure heís been in some movies that were good), etc. Iíll warn you right now, their names are only on the cover (along with a few others) to promote the film, they are in the movie for no more than two minutes combined for each of them. They arenít even funny in their roles. After the opening scene Muniz doesnít appear on-screen again, Lillard only has these lame moments where heís talking on a stool to kids about sex, and Cera has a really lackluster story about dating a girl online and it turning really bad.

The story for this film is so ridiculous that if it wasnít my job to tell you what it was there would be a huge blank slate below. But since I have to...

Mike (Ryan Pinkston) is trying to get with Stacy (Cherilyn Wilson) who he has loved for a long time. By love I mean that usual crap that teenagers try to tell their friends because they just want to have sex with them. Thatís pretty much the case here, as Mike is told by everyone including his teacher that he isnít good enough for Stacy. One of his friends tries to set him up to lose his virginity, Griffin (Rob Pinkston), by setting him up with some bombshell that is way older than the kids are in this movie. The kids are in high school while the girl he is set up with is at least twenty-something. Iím sure itís supposed to be a big joke, but it came off as creepy.

Thatís the main story, while there are a few other mini stories. Fred (Michael Cera) is trying to flirt with a girl online, and he does so horribly, but the girl ends up inviting him to her place but wants to be taken by force. She wants him to dress up like a burglar and attempt to rob her. I donít know once again how thatís supposed to be funny, but itís not. So Fred gets the address from her, but in true comedic fashion he gets the wrong apartment. Instead of the hot girl he gets some elderly woman. Note this is all while heís dressed up like a burglar trying to reenact a fantasy from the girl.

Then throughout the movie Matthew Lillard (Matthew Lillard) gives some weird monologue every ten minutes or so that is kind of funny, but itís like that one friend you have who tells lame jokes that are so bad you have to laugh at or else you feel like crap.

This movie is a complete mess, but the only saving grace is that itís fairly short, clocking in at under 80 minutes. I was thankful once the credits rolled and havenít looked back since. Itís movies like this that try to show a bunch of nudity and lure people in by fooling them into thinking that big stars like Cera and Muniz are in it when they arenít. Shame on you.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Co-Directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson: Surprisingly this is an insightful and funny commentary with the two directors that tells a ton about the movie and the cast. This was better than the actual movie in my opinion.

The Making of Extreme Movie (9 minutes): Sadly the only other special feature is short and not that interesting. It details how the film was made in a short amount of time, but itís not funny nor worth watching.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a straight to DVD film, I didnít expect too much in terms of quality for the video presentation, but I was rather shocked at its appearance. The colors are all bright and vibrant, while contrast isnít an issue for most of the film. Although there were a few times when colors were a bit too bright and the picture was a bit dark at times as well. Overall though, a great transfer.

The audio side fares nearly as well, as the 5.1 Dolby Digital track boasts this comedy to new heights. I say new heights because I could clearly hear all the dialogue since I wasnít laugh like I normally do in other comedies. Dialogue is crisp and clear, and levels were seldom off for the flick. Thereís not a lot of action going on, so I canít be the judge of its surround use since there was rarely a time when that happened. A little above average track for a comedy, and it suits it just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

Another strain on the straight to DVD genre is Extreme Movie, which skipped theaters for being too extreme apparently. No, not really, it skipped it because itís a rather lame film that doesnít accurately describe who is in the film. Cera, Muniz, Lillard, and the rest deserve much more than this. The technical presentation is rather well done though, as both audio and video are fairly decent but the special features are lacking. This is a rental if you want to punish someone you know with watching it. Little retribution for a bad Valentineís day perhaps? This is one extreme to go to the other end of and stay far away from.