MONKEY REVIEW: Strange Wilderness

May 24, 2008

First of all, this lowbrow comedy about a nature show called “Strange Wilderness” run by stoners and on the verge of cancellation in no way resembles an actual good movie. It does show promise as a future cult movie, however, as in spite of its copious flaws, not least among them a certain sloppiness that pervades the whole enterprise, Strange Wilderness is made tolerable by a talented cast that may or may not be slumming a bit (Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Justin Long and Ashley Scott) as well as some genuinely hilarious set pieces, which come just frequently enough to pull viewers through its 84 minute running time. A running gag featuring absurd and frequently inappropriate voiceovers over generic wildlife footage is responsible for some of the biggest laughs, including a widely seen gag featured in the trailer involving a shark with some questionable teeth. The plot also manages to squeeze Bigfoot into the story, but that thread eventually pays off pretty well. All in all, I can’t possibly recommend this movie, but…I will say that a comedy that’s actually funny can’t be all bad, which is why I’m giving it three monkeys. But you’re on your own with this one otherwise.


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