Way back when the very funny "There's Something About Mary" came out in 1998 it was a signal of a change in comedic films. Because the movie was such a financial success it spawned many to try and recreate its success. The crass, lowbrow humour (and I mean that in a good way) of the film really appealed to young people, so many filmmakers tried using its formula. We were subjected to films like "Old School", "Anchorman", "American Pie", and many Adam Sandler films that used this same brand of humour to varying degrees of success.
Now ten years later and films like "Superbad" and even "Borat" are still kicking the gross out humour can. Well, the Farrelly Brothers (Kingpin, Shallow Hal) of "There's Something About Mary" fame are back and have teamed up with their old buddy Ben Stiller again.
Eddie Cantrow (Ben Stiller – Meet the Fockers, A Night At the Museum) is a fortysomething single who is really feeling the pressure of not being married. His father, Doc (Jerry Stiller – from television's King of Queens), is always after him to get married but the final straw is when he attends the wedding of his ex-fiance and is seated at the kids table because he is the only single person there.
After leaving the wedding early he meets a woman while trying to stop a thief from stealing her purse. Lila (Malin Akerman – The Skulls, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) makes an impression on him and he continues to think about her. One day Lila comes into his store and one thing leads to another and they begin dating. Everything is going so well that after only six weeks and some prodding from his dad and best friend, Mac (Rob Corddry – I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Blades of Glory), Eddie proposes to Lila and she accepts.
They decide to honeymoon in Cabo, Mexico and almost as soon as they arrive Lila changes completely. She is annoying, weird and overbearing. Eddie has married Dr. Jeckyl and Mrs. Hyde. Just as he is coming to the realization that he may have made a huge mistake in the rush to get married he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan – Mission: Impossible III, North Country). The attraction is instant and the more time he spends with Miranda the more he does not know what to do. He is torn between his new wife and the woman he truly loves.
Though they are the originators of this brand of humour the Farrelly Brothers seem to have lost their touch. There are several reasons why the film does not work. Ben Stiller seems to have fallen into the same rut as Will Ferrell to me. He is playing the same character over and over. The only change is that with every film the character is becoming less and less likeable. Originally they were quirky but loveable, but now they are creepy and unsympathetic. It's time for him to turn the page.
Also, there is nothing wrong with the lowbrow humour, but in this film it just goes too far. There are several scenes that are seemingly just stuck in for shock effect and are just gross not funny. Once again all the funny scenes (all four or five of them) are in the trailer so once you watch the film you have seen all the funny parts. The shock value, so important in this brand of humour, is gone so everything rings hollow. Lastly, the ending to the film is so ridiculous that it is not even worth discussing. Here's hoping that the talented Farrelly Brothers try something a little different with their next film.
– The Farrelly Bros. In The French Tradition
-Ben & Jerry
-The Egg Toss