Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Revisit: Screwed

A Universal Pictures release 2000
Written and Directed by
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski

A chauffeur (Norm MacDonald) and his friend (Dave Chappelle) kidnap his rich boss's (Elaine Stritch) dog to hold it for ransom, but when she accidentally gets the dog back, she thinks that it's the chauffeur who's been kidnapped.

It's amazing what channels like USA or TNT will air at four in the morning. Considering the amount of comedic talent in this picture, including Dave Chappelle, Norm MacDonald, Sara Silverman and Danny DeVito, it's surprising that someone could have a made a movie as unfunny as this. The innane plot harkens back to screwball comedies of the thirties, but the humor is surprisingly bland and gives its stars, who are all known for having original timing and delivery, absolutely nothing to work with. Poorly handled on all accounts, this movie should be remembered for only one thing: a textbook example of how not to make a comedy. Watch only if you're high and it's 4AM.

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