|Directed by:||Jay Roach|
|Written by:||David Guion, Michael Handelman|
|Cast:||Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood|
With all of the incredibly funny cast members this film has, I refused to believe how unfunny and painfully dry the trailers were to this film. Sadly, they weren't holding anything that special for the feature length.
Steve Carell is an absolutely hilarious guy. His roles in the Office, Anchorman, and the 40 Year Old Virgin have made him one of my favorite comedians of the past decade. But he is so unbearably annoying in this film that I almost couldn't bare to watch it. I nearly walked out of the theater multiple times, and sadly he was the primary reason. It seems as if he's fallen into this trap of being cast as the dorky/awkward/annoying loser just as badly as Will Ferrel's fallen into the macho/man child/sports star role. This has to be the last role for Carrell like this or his career is going to come to a halt once he leaves the Office. Hopefully some more roles like the one he had in Little Miss Sunshine pop up and restores some dignity into career.
I think the two reasons I did stay in the theater were a couple other of my favorite comedians: Jemaine Clement and Zach Galifiankis. Their roles in the film were so ridiculous and outlandish that it was impossible not to laugh during some of their scenes. But just some.
As for the plot, there's none. Why Paul Rudd needs to make fun of people to get a promotion never really gets more of an explanation than some sort of unfounded ritual. There's really no reason for what happens, its just an excuse for an onslaught of bizarre shock value laughs. Other than that the premise, and film itself, is utterly pointless and dreadfully unfunny.