Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)
Tucker decides to take an impromptu trip to celebrate his friend's bachelor party. He drags his friend into a lie with his fiancée, gets him into trouble and then abandons him in order to pursue a hilarious carnal interest. Tucker is disinvited to the wedding, and in order to get back in, Tucker has to find a way to balance his narcissism with the demands of friendship.
Sure the film is crass and vulgar, but it is also surprisingly funny. Jesse Bradford is hysterical as the dry quick witted pessimist. If you liked the book you will probably like the movie. If you didn't read the book than I suggest reading the book, then decide if you want to see the movie. Great book, ok movie.
Most of the acting is wooden and feels read, the plot lines dont have near the bang they do in the book, and theres a slow pace to most of it. Lots of whiney dialogue, this one borders on sappy drama at times instead of all-out comedy. Too much focus on the side characters and on Tuckers pals lives. The best actor is the dude who plays Tucker, and the best parts are his outrageous interactions and scathing dialogue with targets. If I could write myself a note and send it back in time, it would say, Fastforward to all the parts with Tucker in bars, THATS the movie you rented this to see.