Wednesday, March 12, 2014

03/12: A Night At The Roxbury

As part of a Saturday Night Live spinoff (of so very many...), A Night At The Roxbury was really supposed to live up to the hilarity of the original sketches. Of course, that's what's expected of all of them. I remember in the 90s watching Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell bobbing their heads to Haddaway while going out on the town.

So what happened? Well, there's actually some dialogue here in this movie. Kind of like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever: the boys actually work for their pop's plant store in the daytime and they, well, goof off most of the time and dream big. The key word is 'dream' not do. What the boys really want is to be cool enough to get into the Roxbury, which is an A-list nightclub. I think I'll just stop right there.

It's a good way to remember the Saturday Night Live cast from the 90s. You had Kattan, Ferrell as well as Molly Shannon, Colin Quinn and Michael McKean (who also make appearances in the movie) and that talented but forgettable other guys (Cheri Oteri, Tim Meadows). Unfortunately I have to agree with the so-called professional critics on this one: it sucked. Roger Ebert called it a 'one-joke movie, and they're the joke'. I have to agree. Rent it just for the laughs.

My rating: 3 out of 10

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