I generally have absolutely no interest in spoof movies, at least those made in the last decade or so, but I wanted to give The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It a chance. Why? Well, because it was at least making of things I wanted someone to make fun of. Not only does it poke at the obvious, but it throws in shots at Twilight, Sarah Silverman, the “most interesting man in the world” commercials, and an “unnamed” show that tricks molesters into showing up to get caught on camera trying to meet young girls.
Of course, the lack of interest stems from the brand of humor associated with such things, and while there are actually a few moments that may cause a smirk here, the film still relies on a level of drunkenness that would leave one without the requisite ability to see.
Filled with the sort of tasteless gags, mainly sexual in nature, that are born of the same drunken frat nights that are the target market, the film (which I refuse to name again) pushes the limits of stupidity with only the slightest glimmer of value.
Oddly, it’s actually a bit amusing in the rare moments that seem like filler, as though when forced to come up with some connecting plot for the mindless sight gag ideas something like actual thought made its way into the process. The scene when one of the crew gets snookered into the web of a child molesting sting borders on quality comedy, but it feels as though it is sucked in from another movie.
The bonus features on the DVD let us in (bizarrely, because why would you do that?) on how the film got made. Basically, armed with a title and a short trailer (which you can watch on the DVD), and no script, the movie was picked up. You hardly had time to turn around before the thing was in pre-production.
The time for these films may have passed, because the real sell is to have them on the video store when a group of really drunk people (who are probably under 21) stroll in, point and say “Dude!” Even the value to them is largely used up at this point, because they’ll laugh their asses off right there (hence the sale on the title alone), and will only be awake for the first ten minutes by they time they get to a DVD player (hence the breasts in the first 2 minutes).
One day someone will come along who can turn out a spoof movie that can best the comedic value of the thing being spoofed, but it looks to be a day far in the future. For now, we only have grade-school humor, and not even particularly good grade-school humor at that. If you’ve managed to read all the words in this review, stay away from this one.
The DVD release comes with an assortment of surprisingly decent bonuses, even if they are rather short.
• The Making of The 41-Year-Old-Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It
• The Business Of Gags
• Being Jonah Hill
• Bryan Callen: Internet Sex Deity
• The Teaser: How They Got The Movie Made