Strange Wilderness (2008) starring Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan, Ashley Scott directed by Fred Wolf Movie Review

Strange Wilderness (2008)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Steve Zahn in Strange Wilderness (2008)

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Peter's (Steve Zahn) father was a legend presenting the popular nature show "Strange Wilderness" and when he died Peter took over as host of the popular show. But with Peter presenting and a stoner crew behind the camera the show quickly goes down hill with the cable channel finally having enough and giving Peter a two week ultimatum to sort out the show or it will be cancelled. That is when Peter is contacted by someone who says they can show them where Bigfoot is and the chance of filming Bigfoot is what they need to save the show. But between rival nature show presenters, the slacker crew, drugs and a wild turkey on the gobble things are not going to go smoothly.

I guess Adam Sandler was either sick or booked up when "Strange Wilderness" went in to production as it features all his cronies in the sorts of roles they would occupy if Sandler was in the lead. That is as interesting as I can get when it comes to "Strange Wilderness" a comedy which I can honestly say didn't make me laugh once during its entire duration. It's not that there is a lack of jokes but it is a simple case that every single joke fails, falls flat, totally bums out.

Now here is the thing about "Strange Wilderness", it knows what it is, doesn't try to be anything more and so revels in its stupidity and stoner gags. And that is what this movie is, a stoner comedy full of the sort of jokes and scenes which work when you're drunk or off your head or maybe delusional through sleep starvation. That brings to some curious casting with both Ernest Borgnine and Joe Don Baker two actors who in my books are much better than this having a cameo in such an idiotic movie.

What this all boils down to is that "Strange Wilderness" just didn't work for me and I don't remember when I last watched a comedy which failed to make me laugh once. The only thing which stops "Strange Wilderness" from being totally terrible is that it knows what sort of movie it is and sets out to be it with no attempts to be anything other than what it is.