Hank and Mike (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy
Magnolia || R - 86 minutes - $26.98 || October 28, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-11-26


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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: Matthiew Klinck
Writer(s): Paolo Mancini & Thomas Michael (written by)
Cast: Paolo Mancini, Thomas Michael, Chris Klein, Joe Mantegna


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • The Making of Hank and Mike
  • The Evolution of Hank and Mike
  • Short Film
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Bloopers/Outtakes
  • Auditions
  • Photo Gallery
  • Alternate Posters
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

As one of my favorite holidays, mainly because students are given an entire week off, a movie based on the holiday Easter must be a positive and uplifting experience right? Wrong, and it’s completely the opposite. A demented, crude, rude and everything in between view of the holiday from a perspective of two people give new meaning to the word “entertaining.”

Hank (Thomas Michael) and Mike (Paolo Mancini) work for a company as Easter bunnies who deliver candy on, you guessed it, Easter! They are to deliver egg baskets on Easter to families that paid for them so their kids can wake up happy and joyful. As the duo is delivering the baskets, they accidentally miss a house with a little girl. Nothing bad can happen though, right?

They are called into the office of their boss Mr. Pan (Joe Mantegna) and chastised. Mr. Pan turns on the television behind him, and on screen shows a little girl being interviewed by the local news team about the missing egg basket. In one of the funniest movie scenes, the girl turns to the camera and asks where her basket is at, only she throws in a vulgar word at some point in the sentence. I’ll give you a clue: it’s before basket but after her. Use your imagination.

Hank and Mike are fired, and try to find jobs through the unemployment agency in town. But they are still wearing their Easter bunny outfits in every job they get into. They are sent somehow to a school, with one of them as a janitor and another as the cafeteria chef. Hank is roped into a classroom with little children and drops several swear words in front of them. The bell rings signaling that it’s lunch time.

Mike is in the cafeteria cooking food. Well, not really cooking, instead he turned the entire menu into chocolate items like chocolate tacos and the like. Now why would giving chocolate to young kids be a bad idea? Of course there’s a food fight! Hank gets hit in the face with the chocolate and says “Oh it’s on now.” A food fight, with little kids, and Hank joins in. Jaw-dropping funny.

However they fail at every job they go to, and are in danger of being evicted since they can’t come up with the money to pay for their apartment. Will they succeed in raising money, can they get their jobs back, and will they ever change their bunny suits at all during the movie?

“Hank and Mike” is a phenomenal movie. The two bunnies create hilarious scenes and dialogues throughout their adventures. Mike manages to pick up a chick when he’s in his bunny costume by saying he’s really an astronaut. It’s scenes like this that run for the entire time, and the jokes never stop. There are only a few slow spots in the movie which prevent it from being one of the funniest movies in a long time, but nevertheless it’s still entertaining.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Making of Hank and Mike (56 minutes) – Descriptions of the story, the sets, the shooting schedule, and everything else in between are shown. It’s a fairly long piece that goes day by day what was shot, how it was shot, and background into the movie.

The Evolution of Hank and Mike (5 minutes) – A discussion of how the characters of Hank and Mike came to be.

Feature Commentary – Director Matthiew Klinck, Co-Writers Paolo Mancini (Mike) and Thomas Michael (Hank) discuss the movie in a hilarious commentary. They go over how the sets were built, what the suits were made of, and how much fun they had. You can learn a lot about the movie, and it’s strongly suggested to listen to it if you enjoyed the movie. Mancini and Michael are a hoot to listen to.

A Short Film of Hank and Mike (15 minutes) – Hank and Mike sit around in a bar, drinking, joking around, and have some fun with a little kid in a staring contest.

Deleted Scenes with commentary (11 minutes) – A collection of six scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. The scenes aren’t entertaining and it’s easy to see why they didn’t make it into the movie.

Extended Scenes (7 minutes) – Seven extended clips from various points in the movie. A few of them are entertaining to watch, and it’s fairly short so take a look.

Alternate Ending w/optional commentary (2 minutes) – A different ending to the film, which kind of goes off the deep end in terms of trying to be entertaining. The original ending is better.

Bloopers/Outtakes (3 minutes) – A collection of eight different scenes where the actors flub lines. Nothing really to see here.

Auditions (7 minutes) - Some of the cast auditions are shown. Lucy Sulsky’s audition is rather funny, but the rest are mundane.

Last: Theatrical Trailer, Photo Gallery and Alternate Posters



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in MPEG-2 format, the video has major problems from the start. Grain is in nearly every scene throughout, and the contrast is completely off. The darks are too dark, especially later on in the movie, and the lights are too light at the start. Color-wise it also suffers from being too vibrant at times and then dull at others. Granted this is DVD and not in a high-def format, but I doubt that if it was to be transferred there would be any improvement.

Audio wise, the 5.1 Dolby Digital track does little to help the movie as well. Dialogue is spot on and there is little distortion in it, but there’s nothing really worth noting. The left and right surround speakers were barely used if it all, as though it’s a comedy. Background noise is also non-existent for the film.



.::OVERALL::.

“Hank and Mike” is a true gem among comedies these days. The movie is funny from start to finish, and the robust packaging of extras gives viewers a lot to watch after they’re finished watching it. Sadly though, the video and audio qualities are rather poor and at times the video is distracting. If you can get past them, then “Hank and Mike” should be your best friends. Just don’t call and complain if they forget to give you an Easter egg basket.