So bad, I am offended. In fact, I recommend that you don’t even read this review.
The goal of InAPPropriate Comedy (apparently) is to be so offensive that it can’t help but be funny. After all, that works for Sacha Baron Cohen, right?
However, its attempts to be offensive are, well, inappropriate, and the funny never happens. This movie takes a handful of sketch comedy bits and makes very little effort to tie them together by introducing each bit through a smart phone app and that is about as good as this gets.
In its near forty-year history Saturday Night Live has had some bad, really bad bits. Take the absolutely worst, most unwatchable, most derogatory, vile bits SNL has produced and put them together, and they would still be more entertaining than InAPPropriate Comedy. If the wost of SNL makes you throw up a little bit in your mouth, InAPPropriate Comedy will cause projectile vomiting, and not because it is offensive, but because it is bad.
Director Vince Offer has the good fortune of working with actors such as Adrien Brody, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan. That’s right, Oscar winner Adrien Brody. So, one would think that Offer could get something remotely decent out of this move. Well, one would be wrong. Very wrong.
I am willing to guess that Rob Schneider took this as an opportunity to get back to his Saturday Night Live roots, so it’s understandable why he would be involved. Plus, he has more than one movie that should have never been made. Even at his worst, Schneider is rarely wasted as he is here.
Then there’s Lindsay Lohan. Understandable why she did this … bills to pay. Legal bills. Tax bills. Rehab bills. She’ll take anything at this point, I would imagine.
And there’s Michelle Rodriguez. This is a respectable actor and sometimes leading lady. I mean, come on, really, she was great in Girlfight and held her own in Avatar. Even in her movies that are pure entertainment, from the Fast and Furious franchise to Blue Crush to Machete, she is never bad and always enjoyable. Well, here is the exception. Maybe she wanted to see if she had some comedy chops. If that’s the case, this is a miserable failure.
Most disappointing is Adrien Brody. This is an Oscar winning actor. He plays Flirty Harry and delivers one bad gay joke after another. This is possibly the lowest point in his career. Fortunately, for Brody, few people will probably take the time to see how bad both he and this movie are. My best guess is that Brody woke up one morning with a horse’s head in his bed with an offer he couldn’t refuse, and was forced to make this movie.
InAPPropriate Comedy earns my first ever F grade. I give this with the greatest reluctance because I truly believe that actually completing a movie is such a monumental achievement that even a bad movie has its merits. But that isn’t the case here, if there were an F-, or a G, or even a Z, then make this a night of firsts and put this up there with the worst ever made.
I proudly participate as a festival screener and have been doing so for many years. In fact, over the last ten years, I have probably watched nearly 5,000 independent movies (or more). Some of them are fantastic and others look like they were made with a 1980’s camcorder in a backyard with a cast of inexperienced high school-aged actors without any budget at all. I would argue that InAPPropriate Comedy is worse than all of them.
The most inappropriate thing about InAPPropriate Comedy was making the movie.
Review by Gordon Shelly, special to Influx Magazine