Ass Backwards

Rated NR 83 minutes 2013

The only time I laughed at this supposed comedy is when I laughed upon the notion of laughing at it. Casey Wilson (Saturday Night Live) and June Diane Raphael (Burning Love) star as two best friends living in New York City. Their lives have hit dead ends, but things brighten up when they get an invitation to compete in a beauty pageant, a beauty pageant they once took part in as kids. So they set out across the country to be in the pageant and show up the now-famous former winner (Alicia Silverstone). The two main characters are extremely unlikable, and much of the blame can go to Wilson and Raphael, for they wrote the screenplay. They try to wring laughter out of road trip and beauty pageant scenarios that have been done a million times before, and they fail. Director Chris Nelson strains to make something of this mess, but he winds up with a poor man’s Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Too bad, because I’ve liked this particular duo in other projects and was expecting so much more. It also has an impressive supporting cast, including Bob Odenkirk (who is funny in his few scenes), Vincent D’Onofrio (also funny) and Jon Cryer (not so funny).

Film Credits

Director: Chris Nelson

Cast: June Raphael, Casey Wilson, Jon Cryer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Brian Geraghty, Bob Odenkirk, Paul Scheer and Alicia Silverstone

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