Warner Bros. // 2008 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Ryan Keefer (Retired) // October 2nd, 2008
The NFL's big men bring huge laughs!
For anyone who's been living under the football rock, Michael Strahan played for the New York Giants for 15 years, though the last couple of years were a little bit colorful. He held out in 2007 for a larger contract, which he apparently needed as he was part of a bitter divorce proceeding with his longtime wife. But things all worked themselves out in the end professionally, as he managed to win a Super Bowl ring against the vaunted Patriots in early 2008. A 15 year veteran of the league, he decided to hang up his cleats, winner of two NFC Defensive Player of the Year awards, as well as the record for the most sacks in a single season (22.5).
After seeing what his teammate Tiki Barber did one year before him, retiring for a career in broadcasting, Strahan decided for the same, and does pregame analysis each Sunday afternoon, where Barber visits homes Sunday night. And Strahan is a bright guy, but his face and large body, which is all over The NFL's Funniest Players, does a whole bunch of juvenile material which doesn't make him funny. He appears as a "stand up comic" doing jokes that aren't funny, and conducts "interviews" with NFL Films outtake footage from old interviews, and he provides reactions to those things. It's horrible as far as horrible things go.
What about the actual non-staged footage? There are a couple of laughs, but this compilation amounts to nothing more than an updated version of an old NFL Follies VHS, with Chad Johnson, Terrell Owens and others yukking it up for the cameras, while they're on the sidelines during presumably successful games. A "countdown" of the ten funniest players is delivered during this feature, which includes Brett Favre as the third funniest, and Strahan commenting that he's "still retired," which means to me that someone didn't catch up to the production in time to make the change. Other parts of the piece appear to be flat out lifted from the old tapes, the difference between an old coach "blooper" tape and a new one appears to be the removal of Oilers coach (and cowboy hat wearer) Bum Phillips. The same Jerry Glanville line of what "NFL" really means is shown yet again, Favre pointing out "Mr. Miyagi" (Pat Morita) during a Packers game is shown, there's a whole host of unoriginal footage. For something that touts itself as funny, The NFL's Funniest Players sure ain't it.
Sometimes, I give out judgment scores based on the film's merits, while other times it might be due to whimsy on my part. This is a score based on the latter, as Strahan doesn't live up to his number, appearing in juvenile, unfunny sketches and bits that don't show off just how humorous he is. They just serve as some sort of promotional vehicle for his off-the-field talents, which I get for free watching him as a member of Fox's pregame studio analyst team, or when the NFL Network replays the old "Follies" films on their channel. So why pay $15 for this when I can get it for free elsewhere?
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Additional Footage