Director: Troy Miller
Year Released: 2002
Out of all the characters on David Cross and Bob Odenkirk's "Mr. Show" that they could have made a film out of, the Southern hick character is probably one of the least original. As a matter of fact, most of the targets of their humor - not just trailer trash - are tired and obvious - only the Gay Conspiracy digression actually works - and as a whole, I probably laughed more at one of their episodes than the entire movie (Jack Black steals the movie with his neo-Mary Poppins song-and-dance number). Why is it that sketch comedy programs ("Kids in the Hall," "Saturday Night Live") make movies that tend to be under-whelming? Is it because they can't string all their ideas together into a narrative and need the constraint of 5-10 minute disposable bits? Makes me appreciate the consistent hilarity of the sadly underrated Wet Hot American Summer, made by a lot of the people from MTV's "The State."