It’s rare to come upon a movie that’s so obnoxious and worse, void of laughs but Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star does it so damn well. The character seems to be a cast off of from “Saturday Night Live” and the entire movie is just one misstep after another. I can’t give Swardson too much crap outside the fact he did have his hand in writing, but otherwise this is a definite skip.
Sony | R – 97 min. – $35.99 | January 17, 2012
Directed by: Tom Brady
Writer(s): Adam Sandler & Allen Covert & Nick Swardson (written by)
Cast: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, Stephen Dorff
Theatrical Release Date: September 9, 2011
Features: Featurettes, BD-Live
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
THE MOVIE – 1.0/5
Plot Synopsis: Bucky (NICK SWARDSON) is a small town grocery bagger going nowhere in life until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars! Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to L.A., hoping to follow in his parents’ footsteps.
Quick Hit Review: I rarely say this because my sense of comedy ranges from wit to bottom of the barrel humor, but I hated Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. Nick Swardson’s character is at best obnoxious and just completely unfunny rather than endearing which I think was the intentions of the writers (one of whom was Adam Sandler). Not only is the character not very funny, but he seems to be a character that even “Saturday Night Live” rejected…
My opinion on Nick Swardson is still out but he has to thank his lucky stars to know Adam Sandler because otherwise he’d be (rightly) relegated to supporting actor status; some people have the natural talent for comedy while others seem to stumble through inept writing and a half-baked concept. I won’t even tackle Swardson’s supporting cast, but I have to wonder how desperate Christina Ricci was to appear as the lame love interest.
The “film” (or waste of resources), directed by Tom Brady – not the player, but the guy who helmed The Hot Chick (which wasn’t great but passable mainly because it introduced us to Rachel McAdams) and the dreadful sports comedy The Comebacks –, is an awful movie through and through. It’s not that I’m disgusted by the subject matter because I suppose the concept would be fine for an “SNL” skit, but it’s completely and terribly unfunny.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
Laughter is Contagious (5:16; HD) – Um, not with this movie it isn’t… This is a typical gag reel with flubbed lines and other on-set antics.
Behind the Teeth (11:22; HD) is a featurette on Bucky Larson character, and the making of the movie, with behind-the-scenes footage with the cast and crew talking about the buck tooth guy.
Gary: Tough Customer (4:19; HD) is about the Kevin Nealon character and the fun time they had shooting his scene. I like Nealon, but was this really necessary?
Bucky Sparkles (2:29; HD) is a short featurette on the adult film star aspect to the character. It has more interviews with cast and crew as they reflect on the hilarity of his character.
BD-Live is as useless as ever.
Previews – Jack and Jill, 30 Minutes or Less, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Attack the Block
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unleashes Bucky Larson upon the world with a good looking 1080p high-definition transfer and shown in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio. I wouldn’t quite call this a brilliant looking transfer but it’s certainly good enough with a clear picture void of flaws and a good amount of detail levels especially on close-up shots.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track isn’t anything special but serviceable for a comedy. Dialogue levels, coming mainly through the center speaker, are clear while any ambient noises are subtle yet effective via the front and rear channels. There isn’t much depth to this track to speak of but it does pick up whenever there’s music or a score.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, it’s rare to come upon a movie that’s so obnoxious and worse, void of laughs but Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star does it so damn well. The character seems to be a cast off of from “Saturday Night Live” and the entire movie is just one misstep after another. I can’t give Swardson too much crap outside the fact he did have his hand in writing, but otherwise this is a definite skip.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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