This week on Reel Spoilers we… take a pass on Bad Grandpa. I mean, c’mon… Johnny Knoxville (Generation X’s Alan Funt) gets his (prosthetic) junk stuck in stuff and falls down/goes boom. What can we really add (or subtract) from that equation. You’re either on board or you not.
Instead, we present a special Halloween episode. Not It’s-the-Great-Pumpkin,-Charlie-Brown “special” but more like Garfield’s-Halloween-Adventure “special”. We have five categories: Scariest, Funniest, Weirdest, Worst and One For The Kids. So by the time it’s all said and done you’ll have 25 holiday suggestions. Of course, it might not be over until Memorial Day. That’s right…it’s the longest episode of Reel Spoilers EVER!
To paraphrase the immortal words of Charlie Brown… “You got a rock.”
It’s Reel Spoilers #19. You’ve been warned.
The “Jackass” franchise made millions off pranks and crude jokes. The gang of misfits, including Steve-O, Bam Margera, and Wee-Man among others has disappeared after a line of successful films. While most of the cast have vanished Johnny Knoxville seems to have some staying power in Hollywood. His latest film, Bad Grandpa, is a Jackass creation, teaming him with producer Spike Jonze and director Jeff Tremaine.
The concept, which has been seen in Jackass films and television shows many times, revolves around an 86-year old man, Irving Zisman. Zisman is joined by his 8-year old grandson Billy, played wonderfully by Jackson Nicoll. The rudeness begins at the funeral of Zisman’s wife, as Billy is dropped off by his drug-addicted mother, fleeing from the police. Unsuspected funeral-goers are treated to an overheard conversation of Zisman and his daughter. They seem to not realize that Zisman has the microphone in his hand as they chat outside. While funny, the hilarity ensues when Zisman accidentally knocks over the casket. The mortified onlookers continue to sing, as Zisman attempts to pick his dead wife up off the floor.
Bad Grandpa is at its best when delving into the relationship of Zisman and his grandson. At first Zisman views Billy as a hindrance. His view starts to change as the two head cross-country to meet Billy’s bum of a father.
Enter to win a pass for four!
In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
Cast: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Carlos Alazraqui, Dwight Howard
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Last week’s episode of Eastbound and Down was hands down the best of the season, and one of the funniest in a while. Kenny Powers is up to his old tricks. Now that he is a television star on Sports Sesh, he is throwing his money away. He buys is daughter a Prada backpack, his wife a scented candle, and his son a real-life wolf. Some of the funnier scenes of the episode involve Kenny showing his newly purchased animal to his family. His son petrified of the wolf, April scared to death, while Kenny and the wolf seem to have a mutual understanding of each other. Both are wild animals that are not meant to ever be caged. The scene of Powers’ cursing at the wolf is quite hilarious.
Kenny also purchases a dancing robot, he names Yule. “Go about your journeys, Yule,” may be the line of the season so far. Kenny dances with the robot, celebrating his new found fame on television.
This week on Reel Spoilers Tom remembers what number episode this is for the third week in a row (Hint: We’re recording chronologically), we discuss the unbelievable box office staying power of Gravity and, in honor of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Kevin makes puns.
Oh, and we also talk about a film. Because, ostensibly, that’s what we’re here to do. This week it’s the remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz. But since it sucks (I’m sorry, did I just spoil Reel Spoilers? The hunter has become the hunted!) we also dig into the numerous other attempts to reboot Carrie over the years including a sequel, an aborted television series, a Saturday morning cartoon and a (should-have-been-aborted) Broadway musical. (Btw, one of those things it totally made up. But you’ll have to listen to find out… or Google it. But I vote for listen.)
It’s Reel Spoilers #18 – You’ve been warned.
Note: We had some audio technical difficulties, there is nothing wrong with your podcast player. Do not attempt to adjust your set. Things clean up after the 32 minute mark.