“Strange Wilderness” stars Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Kevin Hefferman, and Ashley Scott. It’s directed and partly written by Fred Wolf (Writer of Black Sheep, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Joe Dirt, and Without A Paddle). Credited for the other part of the screenplay is writer Peter Gaulke (Say It Isn’t So, Black Knight, and Ice Age: The Meltdown).
After the death of a well known wildlife host of the show Strange Wilderness, his son vows to replace his father and restore the show’s fame. Unfortunately, Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. After the ratings plummet, they must capture something big on camera in order to keep the show running, leading him and his team of potheads to get footage of the mysterious legend Bigfoot.
I will admit that I laughed at times, but I will also admit this is the worst film that Happy Madison Productions managed to creep into theaters. It’s poorly shot, edited, directed, and acted with embarrassment and remorse. There are a few low class, immature laughs in Act I, but it blows stale smoke in Act II and Act III is full of gags that miss the mark entirely. With such a great cast (including Joe Don Baker and Ernest Borgnine) this should have been much funnier.
The opening scene putting a smile on my face and even made me chuckle thinking this film is heading in the direction of “Grandma’s Boy”. Unfortunately the film leads to a very small amount of lowbrow laughs and concludes with some very irritating motions geared toward making the “stoners” laugh. Believe me, even the glossiest-eyed stoner wouldn’t think these acts are funny. Producers Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo, Peter Gaulke, and Allen Covert have finally hit rock bottom and there is no way but up from here. As I neared the end, I was hoping it would end with one last guilt-ridden smile, but it failed miserably with the conclusion.
It felt like the entire script was scribbled carelessly on a piece of toilet paper during a drug-induced time span of a generous 2 week period. It might have been fun to make, but the result is unfunny with a couple of forced laughs. Have fun by all means Happy Madison Productions, but next time make it worthy of at least a rental charge.