I love my local branch of the public library--and not just because I read more books than any one person should. No, I love my county library system because they have a good selection of movies on VHS and DVD for you to check out. And not just old stuff either--they get in the new releases on a regular basis. You just have to be patient and put them on reserve in the on-line card catalog. Added bonus--you get the movies for a week with no charge.
My patience in waiting for movies to come in explains why I've yet to see Napolean Dynomite
So, last week, I was in the library and browsing the DVDs. I saw one that from the clam shell looked like it could be interesting--View from the Top
. I'd seen previews for it during its theatrical release and couldn't recall any outright scathing reviews so I figured--hey, it's free, why not?
I made it through all of 45 minutes of this 90 minute movie before I just had to turn the thing off. This is a movie so bad I'm not sure MST3K
could make it funny. My dad kept asking me, "So when does it get funny?" and I kept saying, "Surely it must get funny soon."
Let me be blunt here--this movie has Mike Myers in it and it's not funny. Mike Myers can read the phone book and make it funny. Heck, he could just read the phone book in the Dr. Evil voice for an hour and a half and you'd get more laughs than you do here.
Candice Bergen also stars in this. Apparently she lost a bet with Satan and this is her punishment. Both she and Myers look horribly embarassed to be in this. You can just look into their eyes and see them pleading, "Please for the love of heaven, get me out of this movie!"
So, I turned it off, having wasted 45 minutes of my life and not wanting to go for the full 90. And you know, if I turn off a movie, it's got to be pretty bad, especially in the light of the fact that I sat through all of Sorority House Massacre 2.
So, that should tell you a little something about how bad this movie really is. Not even on a free Showtime or HBO weekend when you have nothing else to do should you watch this one. There's a test pattern on somewhere that would probably be more entertaining.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/26/2005 01:57:00 PM