Judge David Johnson doesn't think this title is helping.
A film with many happy endings…
…then why aren't I happy?
Facts of the Case
A whole bunch of recognizable faces team up to participate in a series of teen sex-themed sketches. You've got appearances by: Michael Cera, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Frankie Muniz, Andy Milonakis and Chris Farley's brother-whose-name-I-can't-remember. The sketches are held together by the story of a loser kid who's subjected to cringe-worthy humiliation after cringe-worthy humiliation as he attempts to gain the favor of the most popular girl in school.
You know who will find this movie absolutely fricking high-larious? The male component of your local middle school gym class. You know, if had watched Extreme Movie fifteen years ago I'd probably be looking back at it now with the fondest of memories, taking pleasure in the recollection of gut-laughing with my fellow idiot tenth-grade friends. Any of you that find themselves outside of that narrow demographic, you'll likely be as bored and unimpressed with this romp as I was.
Of course it could have been far worse. Any film titled "_________ Movie" carries with it instant baggage. Chances are it will suck—hard. Extreme Movie isn't good but it's leagues better than any So-and-so Movie that's been released in the past few years. Yes, not saying much, but it's an accolade, as mild as it may be and I'm a nice person.
Here's the type of sketch comedy you can expect: a commercial for a drug that immediately deflated boners, an appearance by a puppet warning of the dangers of blue balls, a fart sequence, a girl who increasingly demands taking her sexual encounters to the next level and that typically involves goats and midgets in leather, a boy's love affair with a prosthetic vagina and so on. There's more, plenty more, 70 minutes worth and there was all of one that I found genuinely funny: Michael Cera and his unfortunate experience in a sex chat room.
The main story isn't entirely bad either. The embarrassment our hero endures is so over-the-top with a myriad of ridiculous things happening to him—he's mistaken for a porn star, he fakes sex with a prostitute to impress his friends, he's forced to pair up with another guy for the mandatory intercourse assignment in sex ed. There are laughs lurking, up until a contrived musical number at the end.
Extreme Movie has nothing substantial to say about teen sex or the pressures therein, making for a relatively cynical, soulless excursion into sex comedy. Granted, Extreme Movie doesn't want to be American Pie or anything, but if you're looking for heart on even a sub-atomic level, you won't find it.
The film looks fine in its 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, clean and well-detailed. The 5.1 surround is solid, if bored. Extras: a laid-back commentary from co-directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson and a decent making-of featurette.
If you're reading this and you've recently spotted hair on your body where there once was none, you'll laugh at this movie. Not that you should watch it. It's for adults. There are boobs.
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Studio: Dimension Films
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