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Land Of The Lost Review


Weak
Although you can see the filmmakers trying to pay homage to Sid & Marty Krofft's nutty 1970s TV series, this film is just too random and silly to make any sense at all. Although there are a few laughs along the way.

After a humiliating appearance on TV, Dr Rick Marshall (Ferrell) continues with his research into time travel, seeking a parallel dimension where past, present and future all mix together. The missing ingredient turns out to be a sexy-brainy assistant, namely Holly (Friel), who urges him to test his invention. They're zapped into chaotic jungle-desert world along with the clueless Will (McBride). While looking for a way home, they team up with monkey-boy Cha-Ka (Taccone) and encounter a psycho T-rex and an army of lizard men.

Ferrell can do this kind of wackiness in his sleep; indeed, he often seems to be dozing off during this film as this food-obsessed, showtune-loving sketch comedy character. Fortunately, he's terrific at offhanded improv, making it feel utterly effortless. Friel and McBride must work a little harder opposite him, but both have hilarious moments along the way as the plucky scientist and up-for-anything chucklehead.

Around them, director Silberling blends first-rate effects and visually arresting images along with alien creatures who look like men in homemade costumes. This is obviously meant as a nod to the original TV show, but the strange mix is more of a distraction than a gag. And the whole film feels utterly random, like the script was loosely outlined by 10-year-old boys and then never fleshed out. It's essentially a bundle of silly set pieces punctuated by running gags about bodily fluids and Holly's breasts.

This parallel world has no internal logic, but neither does any single scene.

We don't really expect logic in a goofy movie like this, but is it too much to ask why Holly speaks fluent monkey-language only some of the time? And while there are plenty of amusing moments (the vampire mosquito, the T-rex pole vault), there's not a single big laugh. Or any real reason for this film to have been made, for that matter.

Land Of The Lost Review


OK
Apparently you can drink dinosaur urine, almost kiss a monkey-child hybrid, and pass through a T. Rex's digestive tract as part of a mainstream Hollywood comedy and still receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Who would've guessed?

Those are but two of the many strange (and yes, strangely funny) things Will Ferrell does in Brad Silberling's Land of the Lost, an acid-trip take on Sid and Marty Krofft's already kitschy television series that aired on NBC in the mid-'70s. Ferrell tones down his trademark immaturity but ramps up the crippling ego to play Dr. Rick Marshall, a scientist focused on unraveling time travel who's discredited after a televised spat with Today show host Matt Lauer (convincing as himself).

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The Ladies Man Review


Grim
Ok. Where in the contract for an SNL cast-member does it stipulate that they will finance your ill-conceived film, no matter what it is? What kind of shyster agent dreamed that one up? And why does said movie ever have to be granted approval to be released to the general public?

These three questions, along with "How the hell does a lisping moron actually have game?" predominate a thinking viewer's mind as it wanders through the cerebrally deficient film The Ladies Man. But then your brain reminds you that you're not here for it. You're here so your brain can turn off for a long, long time.

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