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If you're parodying successful comedies by bigger names, it had better be funny. Hmmm...

Don't feel too bad...

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You can derive a lot of assumptions when seeing a film title such as this one. Clearly it's a parody movie and obviously its primary target is the films of Judd Apatow. And, considering the state of the genre as a whole, it's probably not very good. That last one haunted me before I even pressed play.

Let's first go with the positives. The leads - Mad TV alum Bryan Callen (as Andy, the titular virgin who lives with Apatow archetypes), Noureen DeWulf (proper love interest Kim) and Mircea Monroe (crazy love interest Sarah) - have great chemistry with each other and all play their bits with skill and no fear. Callen's reactions to everything going on around him are spot-on and speak volumes for his comedic prowess. They also made ridiculously great matches for "Seth Green" and the SuperBad trio and Chris Spencer and Randall Park are solid as a pair of unorthodox cops. Frank Maharajh didn't have much to do but he did it well. The whole cast did the best they could with some questionable material.

Now for the bad. I didn't laugh out loud once the whole movie. In the "Making of" special feature, Executive Producer Brad Kaaya and Director Craig Moss admit they sold the film strictly on concept and hadn't written a single word. I can tell. I saw 85% of the jokes coming and the 15% percent I didn't expect I'd put in the amusing to highly amusing range. It's unfortunate because the cookie cutter gags and textbook gross-out humor undermined some good bits and an strong cast. Perhaps if they had more time to work on the script they could've risen above the general mediocrity of the genre.

All in all, it's not the worst parody film I've ever seen - certainly better than many that have come out in the last couple years. I wouldn't be surprised if some guys out there get legit chuckles out of it even though I didn't.

2 stars

EXTRAS
There are five featurettes - "The Making of...," "The Business of Gags," "Being Jonah Hill," "The Teaser: How They Got the Movie Made," and, my favorite, "Bryan Callen: Internet Sex Deity" (where Bryan's popularity is discussed while DeWulf and Monroe read various dirty things said about him on the interwebs). "The Making of..." best illustrates how naturally funny the people involved are, which makes me sadder that the film wasn't better.

The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It is available now.


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