Farce of the Penguins (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy
|| R - 80 minutes - $19.99 || January 30, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-02-04


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Bob Saget
Writer(s): Bob Saget (written by)
Cast: Christina Applegate, Lewis Black, Mo'Nique, Tracy Morgan, Bob Saget


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • To the Earth's 'Ice-Hole' and Back
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Behind-the-Scenes Montage
  • Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Farce of the Penguins is a mock-umentary and send-up of the popular Oscar winner March of the Penguins. Star, producer, writer and director Bob Saget uses stock footage of penguins with voice-overs from recognizable voices and actors.

The story, as it were, has two pals, Carl (Saget) and Jimmy (Lewis Black) go on a 70-mile treck to find a mate. Waiting on the other end are Melissa (Christina Applegate) and Vicky (Mo’Nique) who also have had, well, penguin problems in their past.

I dare not spend any more time with the plot. Much like spoof movies, nothing more needs to be said and contrarily a spoof comedy is either funny or not. It wasn’t long ago I had seen Date Movie, one of the worst movies of 2006 by far and yet Farce makes Date Movie look like top level comedy.

It wasn’t that Farce of the Penguins wasn’t a good idea, because Saget did have something going, but the execution was downright terrible. After a 3-minute opening schtick from narrator Samuel L. Jackson (a counter-narrative to Morgan Freeman in March), everything, and I mean everything, was flat. In the 75-minute feature runtime, I might’ve chuckled twice. That’s it. In fact, I nearly fell asleep at various times out of boredom. Apparently Saget felt seeing penguins (or their thoughts) spurting out potty jokes and f-bombs every minute was funny, sadly for the rest of us, it was not. I think this was a case where the filmmaker and the voice cast had more fun working on this than what the audience had watching this.

Somehow, Bob Saget managed to gather a plethora of recognizable actors who just came in for one-liners. The cast includes: Jason Alexander, James Belushi, Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Dane Cook, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Jamie Kennedy, Jon Lovitz, Norm MacDonald and Tracy Morgan as well as Saget’s old “Full House” cast-mates John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The DVD has some decent features given it was given the direct-to-video treatment. First, each menu is given new voice-overs from Saget and Black which go on and is unskippable (or I couldn’t do it). It gets annoying if you go back and forth between menus.

Filmmaker Commentary - Saget sits down for a commentary filled with tid bits galore. Well, sort of. He explains how he got the cast, why he wanted to make the movie and other bits of trivia that only the select few Farce fans might appreciate. As it was, it wasn’t a bad track, just one that wasn’t that interesting to someone who hated the movie.

To the Earth’s ‘Ice-Hole’ and Back with Bob Saget (15:04) - Writer/director Bob Saget sits down in this mock making-of of the mock-umentary. It’s given the serious treatment with Saget explaining how he chose the penguins and shooting the scenes. Not as much of a waste of time as the feature, but still at least semi-funny. The end credits feature outtakes by Saget.

Deleted Scenes (7:07) - There are 5-deleted scenes and are available to watch with commentary from Saget and have a “Play All” feature. I really don’t think I need to talk about why these were taken out...

Behind the Scenes Montage (10:57) - Funnier than the actual feature film, here we see the various voice talent recording their lines and that includes the illustrious Samuel L. Jackson. Saget stands by and directs how to say the lines and has some fun at the same time.

There are also three uncensored trailers.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Farce is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR, and looks as good as stock footage can, I guess. Some of it was grainy and used to fit the joke but it seems the transfer was fine.

The DVD features the Dolby Digital 5.1 and standard 2.0 tracks and both are suitable for the content.



.::OVERALL::.

I know some found this to be hilarious or even just so-so funny, but for me this is a movie you either have to be high to actually like or someone who will laugh at just about anything. For me, I sadly was not high while watching this, instead I was bored out of my mind with how unfunny this “comedy” truly was. Stay away from this at all cost.