Thursday, August 30, 2007

Delta Farce DVD

Delta Farce
DVD Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Unfunny Mistaken Identity Comedy Makes Its way to DVD

Larry (Larry the Cable Guy), Everett (DJ Qualls) and Bill (Bill Engvall) are best friends who ordinarily welcome the periodic male-bonding opportunity afforded them by their service as National Guard reserves on the base where they’re stationed in Chattahoochee, Georgia. For once a month, they make the most of a chance to shoot guns, drink beer, and leer at the waitresses at the local Hooters.
Everything changes, however, the day that the pencil pushers in the Pentagon decide to call up their unit. Hard-boiled Sergeant Kilgore (Keith David) soon arrives to whip them into shape, and before you can say “Be all that you can be!” they’re shipped to for Fallujah.
But a funny thing happens on the way to Iraq, for this ill-equipped trio of misfits unit is accidentally ejected from the plane over a desert in Mexico, where it takes them forever to realize that they haven’t landed in a battle zone. Don’t be duped, if this premise sounds at all appealing, for Delta Farce is easily one of the worst films released this year.
The transparent plot of this action comedy revolves around the heroes’ hapless effort to save a tiny town from the clutches of a bloodthirsty gang. Their awkward antics are reminiscent of The Three Stooges, only not funny.
Don’t even consider this dud, unless you’re the type inclined to laugh at an insufferable sergeant incessantly insulting his men, homophobic “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” jokes or offensive cliches about Arabs and Latinos. Equally disappointing in terms of bodily function humor, Delta Farce is stocked with fart, spit, digestive, feces and urine gags, my favorite being when Kilgore unwittingly drinks a glass of fluid excreted from Everett’s bladder.
One of those movies that’s great until the movie starts.

Poor (0 stars)
Rated PG-13 for sexuality and crude humor.
In English and Spanish with subtitles.
Running time: 89 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Director’s commentary plus four featurettes

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