Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Review: Bucky Larson

After a mini hiatus over Christmas, I am back (with a vengeance).

Bucky Larson.  A much maligned and misunderstood protagonist from the 'venerable' creative loins of Adam Sandler's troupe. With a 2.3/10 rating on IMDB, it is with much chagrin that I begrudgingly admit that I enjoyed it.

Yes, I said it - I enjoyed this film.

It certainly isn't going to win awards for writing, acting, credibility or cinematography, but in the end it works ... at least in my mind. It follows the pursuits of Bucky who discovers his parents were porn stars and embarks on a journey to follow in their footsteps.

There are a number of situations which take on a David Lynch-like diversion into humour; like when Bucky with his two fake teeth gets into a smiling competition with a toothless granny.  You can't help but be fascinated and horrified at the same time. The story is both crass and also sweet, which seems like a strange combination.  Bucky has a child-like belief in his abilities while following a very adult pursuit in the porn industry. I guess those contradictions make things interesting and quite cringe-worthy at times.

I won't ruin any punchlines other than to say the monkey noises will haunt you.

...those monkey noises.