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Strange Wilderness
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Directed By
Fred Wolf

Written By:
Peter Gaulke, Fred Wolf

Cast:
Kevin Alejandro, Krista Allen, Joe Don Baker, Terrence Beasor, Ernest Borgnine, Blake Clark, Allen Covert, Peter Dante, John Farley, Jeff Garlin, Harry Hamlin, Kevin Heffernan, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, David Mattey, Ryan O'Quinn, Robert Patrick, Emilio Rivera, Ashley Scott, Angela Shelton, Steve Zahn, Lisa Cornelison, Bryan Ross, Meg Wolf, Jake Abel, Roberto 'Sanz' Sanchez, Eve Curtis, Sheryl Chambers, Jennifer Perkins, Will Deutsch, Ayda Field, Spencer Jambor, Joan Jones, Dee Jordan, Alison Kay, Sheila Lussier, Alex Craig Mann, Troy Sims, Tom Hippler, Alveraz Ricardez

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Strange Wilderness (2008)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
February 4th, 2008

'Strange Wilderness' is a stoner comedy that absolutely goes for broke; it is hopelessly stupid, but is willing to try anything to make its intended audience laugh, and I suppose it will succeed in one way or another. This is one movie that definitely earns its R rating, and relishes it, with some kind of vulgar or raunchy gag in nearly every scene. It is like an extended series of improvised skits, but the actors seem to be having a lot of fun, and no doubt the set was a very lively place. Steve Zahn is Peter Gaulke (named after one of the screenwriters), whose late father hosted an acclaimed TV nature show. He takes it over and its quality steadily declines, until the station manager Ed Lawson (Jeff Garlin) decides to pull it off the air. This motivates the dimwitted Peter to go looking for Bigfoot, which would inevitably boost the show's slumping ratings, especially if he finds the elusive (and mythical) creature. He assembles a crew for his expedition, which includes his friend Fred Wolf (Covert), Cooker (Jonah Hill), totally baked cameraman Junior (Long), animal handler Whitaker (Heffernan), and guide Cheryl (Ashley Scott). The humor is consistently low-brow, but nothing about it is particularly memorable.

The movie as a whole has a flair for the outrageous, and often teems with a manic, inexhaustible energy, but after a while it ceases to be amusing and instead becomes annoying. There is not much plot to speak of, only the basic outline of a story, which quickly becomes aimless, but there is quite an impressive cast to be found here, with Zahn, Long, and Hill (from Superbad) as the definite stand-outs. Fans of Grandma's Boy may respond more strongly to Allen Covert. Heffernan is from the Broken Lizard troupe. I found a lot of the stuff in this movie to be gross and gratuitous, but then perhaps that was the whole point. And there were apparently many things that slipped right past the MPAA, like nudity, which is not even included in the rating description. Maybe it is supposed to be part of the "crude and sexual humor" bit.

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