HBO // 2007 // 55 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Michael Rubino (Retired) // August 29th, 2007
Good guy gone wrong!
I grew up watching Full House with Bob Saget as that caring, neat-freak of a father trying to raise his kids up right. At the same time, I was watching that man make funny voices to people getting hit in the groin on America's Funniest Home Videos. Apparently, as I grew up, so did Bob.
Since the days of TGIF, Bob Saget has made a name for himself as a terribly dirty man. He's had a cameos in Half-Baked and The Aristocrats, and directed stuff like Dirty Work and Farce of the Penguins; however, I had never seen him like this before. That Ain't Right is probably the dirtiest piece of stand-up comedy I can remember...and for all the cussing and sex talk, I must sadly report that it isn't very funny.
It seems to me that Bob Saget deserves to be a good stand-up comedian, after all the torment he was put through with his kid-friendly television shows. Unfortunately, he decides to take the extremely low road and go for vulgar shock value instead of any sort of substance. In this hour-long special, he isn't so much telling jokes as he is spewing out random dirty thoughts, picking on some poor fellow in the audience, and flashing back to his days on Full House. Bob Saget portrays himself as a grizzled, shellshocked veteran of ABC's Friday night lineup, constantly reliving terrifying memories of his sitcom years and confusing his real children with D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. There are times when his anecdotes are actually funny (like when he and John Stamos pretend to be Danny and Uncle Jesse in the men's room of a club), but most of the time the things he is saying are just too dirty to enjoy.
I understand where Saget is coming from. He needs that shock value to stay relevant; and perhaps he was always like this. But there are so many other comedians out there who walk that fine balance of vulgar and funny (Dave Attell or George Carlin come to mind), that it doesn't seem fair to lump Saget in with them. I have to wonder: what would he even talk about if he hadn't spent 8 years of his life doing Full House? It made him a household name, while also giving him fodder for his act.
In the end, he just feels like a novice. He rambles too much, slipping in to his Tourette's schtick whenever the folks aren't "shocked" enough. I'm not sure if it's all planned out, or if he's just trying to improv and rant (like a terribly base and unintelligent version of Dennis Miller). He also tries to include some acoustic-guitar-comedy (because that's all the rage these days), but isn't very good at that either. He's all over the board with this act, and really needs to get some focus. I can't tell if Bob Saget grew up, or if he actually regressed back to the seventh grade.
This HBO release comes with a pretty clean setup. The picture quality is extremely good, as is the stereo sound; it's about what you would expect from HBO. The disc does come with two special features, that are actually funnier than most of Saget's routine.
The first featurette is called "Strollin' with Saget," and is an extended version of the man-on-the-street video that opens the HBO Special. Here, Saget just walks around in the streets, still talking dirty, but mainly just reacting to the world around him. Occasionally, he gets recognized and has to stop for pictures. Overall, a very earnest and funny piece of film. The second extra is a music video called "Rollin' with Saget," which was originally aired on the The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. The rap song that Kennedy sings is hilarious, and the video features cameos from John Stamos and George Lucas! A nice addition.
It's sort of depressing that I enjoyed the two brief special features more than the overall performance. That ain't right.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* "Strollin' with Saget" featurette
* "Rollin' with Saget" music video