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Strange Wilderness

Actors: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan, Ashley Scott (II)
Directors: Fred Wolf (II)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
MPAA: Rated R for non-stop language, drug use, crude and sexual humor.
Studio: Paramount DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
Run Time: 84 minutes List Price: $29.99

Reviewed by CPA Mom

"This ain't March of the Penguins."

Steve Zahn plays Peter Gaulke, the host of a wild animal television program called "Strange Wilderness," but the show’s ratings are plummeting (even at a 3 a.m. broadcast time). With two weeks before it is cancelled, Peter attempts to rescue the series by traveling to Ecuador in search of Bigfoot. Tagging along are his misfit friends played by Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, and Justin Long (famous now as Drew Barrymore's boyfriend) and one woman who is supposedly their travel agent (Ashley Scott). Sharks, piranha, pygmies, Mexican border guards, an insane tracker (played by Robert Patrick), and various other obstacles lay in wait, as well as a rival animal television crew who are also looking for Bigfoot. The funniest parts of the movie for me where when they were filming "episodes" of the show.

One scene: Peter Gaulke: [looking at napkin] This is it? Our entire voice-over for our show on bears is written on a cocktail napkin?

Fred Wolf: Yeah, we wrote it last night when we were at P.J. Mahoney's.

Peter Gaulke: [reading napkin] Bears are large and brown. Alright, come on. Not all bears are large. How about baby bears, huh? Bears derive their name from a football team in Chicago. No. It's the other way around. Jesus Christ Fred, come on. It is estimated that bears kill over two million salmon a year. Attacks by salmon on bears are much more rare. Right, that's got to be true, right? Alright, let's go with that one. or this one...

Peter Gaulke: Bears are a proud people, although they're not people per-say. They're animals. Bears derive their name from a football team in Chicago. Bears have been known to attack man, although the fact is that fewer people have been killed by bears than in all of World World I and World War II combined. Brown bears bloves fishing. Brown... Brown bears bloves... God, why am I having so much trouble saying brown...

Fred Wolf: Maybe it's the two b's in brown bears. Try something different.

Peter Gaulke: I got it. I'm ready. Okay. Red bears love fish.

This movie kept my husband laughing the entire time while I just found it amusing. Of course, I think men are the target audience with this one, like most slapstick humor films. This is no "There's Something About Mary" in regards to humor, but it's a likable film.

I give it 3 out of 5 binkies.

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