Case Number 16544: Small Claims Court

CHRISTIAN FINNEGAN: AU CONTRAIRE

Warner Bros. // 2009 // 83 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // June 6th, 2009

The Charge

An evening of American style stand-up comedy!

The Case

I will admit a dark, well-kept secret: I kind of love Christian Finnegan in an almost totally gay way. He is a heterosexual, but I know he's fine with my man crush on him because he told me it was okay. You see he believes most guys have a tiny touch of homo insinct...well, except the extremely Irish ones. I'm not sure how he explains our special relationship, though, since we are both obviously Irish. Oh, the delicious irony. Look, the guy sucked at field day enough to end up in the school production of West Side Story. You're just not a "man's man" when you're a Jet or a member of Sha Na Na for that matter. I watch Finnegan and think I would like to cuddle up with him just like I would like to spoon with a Chihuahua every now and then. But mostly I like Finnegan because he makes me laugh, and that's something few men or women can pull off quite so easily. Christian Finnegan is most recognizable as "that guy from VH-1" where he was an original cast member of Best Week Ever as well as all those "I love" anthology shows about every decade, and he's been a fixture on Comedy Central. He is sometimes known as "Chad," the only white roommate in the sketch "Mad" Real World on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show, in which the comedian played the only white guy humiliated and abused on an imaginary season of the MTV reality show The Real World. Christian also is noted for losing eighty-eight pounds, a process he documented with his blog "Tower of Hubris."

This DVD is a concert of Christian doing his thing on tour. Christian Finnegan: Au Contraire was shown on Comedy Central as a special so you might feel a purchase is unecessary, but here it is twenty-three minutes longer and unedited. Oh, it's worth a purchase or at least a Netflix rental even if you did catch it on cable or downloaded the audio from iTunes. It looks good with clear video without any distortions. Sound is basically a stereo mix spread around five speakers, and it does a fine job. There are no subtitle options, but Warner Brothers offers a ton of extras to make up for it! Listed under the menu as "bells and whistles" you will find pretty nice supplements. There are a collection of promotional clips called Jokespirations which incorpoate clips from the stand-up parts with other comedy bits. There is "Audient Vision" where Christian and an audience member watches the guy watching his show inside the crowd. We get the short "Lordz a Leaping" which highlights Finnegan's dark days as gang member. "Fun with Paper Towels" is actually just the "thanks" done by Finnegan on Brawny with a Sharpie.

What makes Au Contraire work so well is it's good old fashioned American observational humor, upholding the fine tradition of people like George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, and Jerry Seinfeld. Okay, okay, so maybe it's not quite up there with the legends. Maybe this one just made me giggle a lot. But it is worth a peek and has some cool extras. So cut Finnegan and his tiny little dog some slack and check this one out.

The Verdict

Guilty of making me laugh pretty hard, and forcing me to ponder those special moments when I was both horny and repulsed. Finnegan is free to go on playing Playstation and quoting West Side Story.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 88

Perp Profile
Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 83 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Bonus Segments
* Web Shorts
* Short Film

Accomplices
* ChristianFinnegan.com
http://www.christianfinnegan.com/