Case Number 20679: Small Claims Court

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S DIRTY MOVIE

Lionsgate // 2010 // 91 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 10th, 2011

The Charge

Life is too short. Spend time with your loved ones. Ignore this movie.

The Case

I ask again: when is the last time anything remotely funny came out of National Lampoon in optical disc format? For some time I have believed that "National Lampoon's" adorning a DVD case means that what lies ahead will be a tedious, aggressively unfunny way to kill 90 minutes and that theorem is once again proved with the latest gooey discharge from the brain trust: Dirty Movie.

Now, typically this is where I would describe the plot, but there isn't a plot to Dirty Movie. It has the loosest of structures -- a filmmaker wants to make a movie that is nothing but a stream of dirty jokes -- though to classify it as a coherent "narrative" defies all meaning associated with words in the English language.

Because that's what it is: 90 minutes of dirty jokes. And Cyndi Lauper is in it. Plus, random breasts.

How do you judge a movie like this? The storyline barely exists on the subatomic level and the only "acting" that happens is when people tell jokes sort of in character (the less said about the director-making-the-movie plotline, the better). So it falls to the jokes.

Like any joke delivery system, be it a book or a Reader's Digest, the gags offered can be hit and miss. There are some amusing ones here, though. Some are old, most are filthy, but if you're the kind of person that spent a good amount of his middle school career -- like I did -- swapping tasteless jokes with your moron friends, I can see a bit of value in Dirty Movie.

But only a microscopic bit because -- let's be honest -- there is nothing that this movie provides that you couldn't siphon out of a Google search. You have access to any number of jokes, all for free, with just a few keystrokes. And if you desperately want to pay, go track down one of those "Truly Tasteless Jokes" books that were all the rage in 1988. What does Dirty Movie offer you? Some boobs reciting the jokes to you on your television? Is that worth the time or effort?

Hint: no.

The DVD: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, commentary with writer Alan Donnes and director Jerry Daigle, an optional laugh track, and a featurette.

The Verdict

What do you get when you cross Dirty Movie with a Staph infection? Redundancy!

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 40

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)

Subtitles:
* English
* Spanish

Running Time: 91 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Rated R

Distinguishing Marks
* Commentary
* Featurette
* Laugh Track

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt1107812/combined