National Lampoon's Stoned Age (2008) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || Unrated - 88 minutes - $29.98 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-28


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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 Rifkin
Writer(s): Adam Rifkin (written by)
Cast: Adam Rifkin, Ali Larter, Hayes MacArthur, David Carradine, Carol Alt, Gary Busey, Ron Jeremy


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Caveman Song - Rated and Unrated
  • Old Fool Rap
  • Empty Theater / Full Theater
  • Gay-Vemen
  • Penthouse / Maxim Photo Shoot
  • Original Title
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Q+A with Rifkin
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve seen a lot of terrible movies in my day. Then again Iíve seen a lot of movies that others have hated and I enjoyed. I canít name any of them right now, so try back later. Haha, I gave an answer that sounded like one of those magic 8-ball things that kids have these days that get asked questions.

Another entry into the wide world of direct to video movies, National Lampoonís Stoned Age is a film that honestly doesnít need an explanation. Why do you ask? Itís because there really is no way to explain a flick that has such an inane plot, horrible characters, and a cast that deserves an Oscar or an Emmy for acting in this monstrosity. But for the sake of this being my job, Iíll explain the best way I can.

Ishbo (Adam Rifkin) is a caveman living in, well, caveman times, but he is smarter than your average caveman. Didnít some network do a television series about something like this? Anyways, he is in love with another girl from his tribe, Fardart (Ali Larter) , but she is more in love with his brother, Thudnik (Hayes MacArthur).

The way to win a woman over is supposed to be a really funny joke, but it is. You have to club a woman over the head and take her back to your place. Yup, thatís what you do. Hilarious.

Ishbo however wants to be better than the other cavemen, since heís neither athletic nor muscular, and chooses to invent things such as pants. After inventing pants he walks out to where the people gather to play rock football to show them his invention only to get hit in the head by the rock football. Once again, comedy gold.

So Ishbo wants to once again do something more with his life, and for some reason the tribe canít impregnate any more women, or there are no more women left in the tribe, or something along those lines. So Ishbo goes to join some other tribe thatís full of naked women (played by Penthouse/Maxim/Porn girls). Iím not sure what the real plot of the movie is, since it just seems to be an excuse to get as many nude girls as possible on screen at once.

Overall, this movie fails on every level, except for bringing the most nudity possible that Iíve seen in a film in at least two days. The jokes are corny, the nudity is incredibly excessive, and Larter deserves better than this. The only mildly funny parts come from Gary Busey, who is at home in his role as Krutz. Thatís not saying that much though.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary: Adam Rifkin and a few other members of the crew join for the commentary of the film. Rifkin has a rather dull voice, but offers insight about the film struggling to find a studio to produce it. Itís insightful, but unless youíre a huge fan of the flick Iíd recommend passing.

Caveman Song Rated/Unrated (4 minutes): A song about cavemen. Itís basically an excuse to show more nudity from females.

Old Fool Rap (3 minutes): The old guy from the movie who streaked the entire film gets a feature about some of his exploits. Once again just another excuse for nudity from both males and females.

Empty Theater/Full Theater (4 minutes): Itís supposed to be a joke, comparing how horrible the film was when the theater was empty yet funny when it was full. The bad part is you can clearly see the couple who walked out of the movie the first time yet reappears in the second part.

Gay-Vemen (2 minutes): Sigh. Another mundane extra that isnít funny.

Penthouse/Maxim Photo Shoot (27 minutes): A look at the girls from the movie. This, yet again, is another excuse for massive amounts of nudity.

Original Title (30 seconds): The original title for the film is shown. Yippy.

Deleted Scenes (2 minutes): A few scenes that werenít in the movie. Some puns and more lame jokes are shown, as well as, yes you guessed it, more nudity.

Bloopers (4 minutes): This just deals with the old naked man from the previous features messing up lines.

Q+A with Rifkin (16 minutes): A look at the filmís screening and an interview with Rifkin. The picture quality on this is horrible though, and at times is hard to watch because of it. Rifkin also talks about most of the information in this feature on the commentary.

Finally, the filmís Theatrical Trailer and a Comic Book are available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a film shot almost entirely outdoors, you couldnít tell from the way itís presented. Colors are off, as is the contrast. Outside shots that should be bright and vivid appear dull and dry. Characters also appear the same way, their colors are drowned out and the flesh tones arenít what they should be.

The audio for the film gets the job done. It has a few special effects that sound decent, but nothing that makes you jump out of your seat when it happens. A few times during the movie dialogue levels were inconsistent, which became a pain after the first couple of issues. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is average, with nothing really good to say about it.



.::OVERALL::.

This is without a doubt one of the worst movies ever. Itís a snore, and the cast deserves better. Stoned Age is one period of time that can be left in the past. Donít bother.