Lionsgate // 2011 // 82 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Josh Rode (Retired) // April 1st, 2012
Bella is in love with Edward the vampire. Jacob the werewolf is in love with Bella. And an army of newborn vampires is on the way to kill them all. Mix in the average person's annual quotient of fart jokes and you get Breaking Wind.
Movie parodies have a long and glorious tradition, dating back to the days of Abbott and Costello, but this is one of the poorest examples of the genre you are likely to find. Sure, there are funny bits -- such as the legendary "cold ones" made up solely of Johnny Depp characters -- but it won't take an entire hand to count the chuckles.
The main reason the humor fails is that they try to get cute with it. The characters don't get many intentionally funny lines, and they play everything straight. Perhaps this was meant to add another level to the humor, but the resulting effect feels like the cast didn't realize they were making a comedy. That or the juvenile attempts at humor revolving around incessant farts, dildos, and a sex scene with old-lady-and-a-walker didn't make the cast laugh either.
If you can find a way to mentally edit out the ill-advised attempts at satire, this works pretty well as a summary of the first three and a half Twilight films. By skipping non-essential elements -- the teenage moping, the sultry staring, and the entire first film -- Breaking Wind is able to condense 10 hours of material into a surprisingly tight and effective 82 minutes.
With the exception of Frank Pacheco's (Wizards of Waverly Place) Jacob, the performances are on par with their Twilight counterparts. Heather Ann Davis (The Lake) and Eric Callero (All About Dad) don't have a lot of chemistry as Bella and Edward, but then neither do Kristin Stewart and Robert Patterson. They carry their lines, engage with each other, and wrinkle their noses at a myriad of gaseous eruptions with effective conviction. (Did I mention there were fart jokes?) And their version of the Volturi are adorable.
Done on a relatively small budget, Breaking Wind even manages to look about as good as Twilight. The standard definition 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer exhibits minimal grain during darker scenes, and a reasonably balanced color palette. The Dolby 5.1 Surround mix stays primarily in the front, with minor ambient action in the rear speakers. And, really, that's okay. I don't need stereophonic farts.
Breaking Wind has an okay selection of extras. The best is a commentary from Pacheco, Callero, Davis, and director Craig Moss, which is informative and far more funny than the actual film. There are also deleted scenes, a moderately interesting "making of" featurette, and a short clip showing reactions of Twilight fans as they watch trailers for their favorite series.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems each generation's spoof movies are progressively worse than those that came before. Breaking Wind certainly fits that pattern, with a laugh deficiency that puts it at the low end of the spoof spectrum.
Like love, it stinks. Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 82 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated