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Almost Heroes (2005)

Chris Farley , Matthew Perry , Christopher Guest  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Farley, Matthew Perry, Bokeem Woodbine, Eugene Levy, Kevin Dunn
  • Directors: Christopher Guest
  • Writers: Arthur C. Clarke, Mark Nutter, Tom Wolfe, Boyd Hale
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PVZ9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Almost Heroes" on IMDb

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It was a time of heroes. Well, almost. They were hearty men in those days. Men who, like Bartholomew Hunt and Leslie Edwards, made sure that when adventure called, it got a wrong number. Chris Farley and Matthew Perry team with director Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show) to venture into uncharted comedy territory. Where explorers Lewis and Clark go, Hunt (Farley) and Edwards (Perry) follow, hoping to overtake the famed expeditioners and be the more fiery trailblazers. In a land dotted with bears, native tribes, pioneer outposts and wandering conquistadors having a bad hair day, is there not also room for two more adventurers eager to make a name for themselves? Westward ho-ho-ho!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as Tommy Boy July 21, 2005
Format:DVD
When I say this movie is just as good as Tommy Boy, I don't mean to say that Chris Farley is better in this movie than he is in Tommy Boy. Far from it. This movie is just as good as Tommy Boy because such a great cast supports Chris and Matthew Perry. Guy Fontenot is a riot, and Higgens and Bidwell, in my opinion, steal the show. Not to mention Pratt, Jackson, and Hidalgo. I think many of the bad reviews this movie gets are due to the fact that Chris Farley is not at his comedic best (although the fearsome beasts speech ranks among his greatest moments) and he does not dominate the movie as he did with Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. Watch this movie a few times, however, and you will begin to focus more on the role players, who elevate this movie to a comedic classic. Higgen's story, Pratt's experiment, Bidwell's itchy nose, and "There's an animal now!" are some of the greatest movie moments of this past decade. I understand that the sophomoric humor prevalent in this movie is not for everyone and certain highbrows will look down on this movie, but that if they cannot let down their pretensions once in a while, that is their mistake. Do not underestimate this movie. It is delightfully funny.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny! July 21, 2005
By Lee
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Sometimes you see a movie and months later you have a good laugh just recalling a scene. This is one of those movies.

Good-natured adventure and definitely silly, it makes you wish we still had Chris Farley around to entertain us.

Make some popcorn, settle in for a good time, and be ready to smile with Almost Heroes.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I'll tell you guys and gals what, if you find Chris Farly even remotely funny (who doesn't) then you will love this movie. I will tell you one thing about it - watch it more than once. Once you begin to watch it 10+ times the smallest things become so funny. Not only is Chris Farly funny as hell but the rest of the cast is what makes the movie. There is a shy scrub named Bidwell, a funny old man named Jackson, a funny fat man named Higgins, and the best of all the scrubby dude named Heronumus Pratt, he is the best. Watch the scene where Matthew Perry is watching the girl take a bath in the lake and when Chris Farly comes up. He starts joking about Matthew Perry watching her alone and polishing the puter etc. but watch Matthew Perry's face, he cannot keep a straight face, all he does is laugh at Chris Farly for real. It is one of the most hilarious scenes in any movie. Like I said earlier its one of those movies that you should watch 5-6 times and then you will be addicted to it. This movie does not follow the same line of humor as Tommy Boy or Black Sheep. It has its own type of comedy and it is the best. I would classify this movie as my number ONE comedy of all time. Buy it and decide for yourself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guiltless Pleasure March 17, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Is this movie dumb? You bet! But I love it. The dumber "the better" I always say. Well sometimes. Farley and Perry play off each other quite well with their own styles of comedic humor in this interpretation of the Lewis and Clark exploration. But then so does the whole cast of zany characters in this whimsical historical tale. Some of the situations and lines of dialog are absolutely stupid, but they are just so funny in their own way. After I recently viewed this film again I just thought it was absolutely gut wrenching funny and worth the 5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Stupid It's Funny August 30, 2005
Format:DVD
Perhaps this is low brow moviemaking at its finest. Just picture a film about Lewis and Clark type explorers with lots of brainless juvenille humour and with a fun, adventurous spirit. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but if you can watch it in the right frame of mind you'll really laugh at some genuinely memorable scenes. Directed by comedy genius Christopher Guest and also Chris Farley's final film. What took so long for this movie to be released to DVD?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Heroes is A Traditional American (Comedic) Tail February 6, 2006
By paarty
Format:DVD
When you learned about Lewis+Clark in school, you thought it was just another boring lesson. However, after watching this movie, you will never think of Lewis+Clark the same way, in fact you will see it more like Edwards+Hunt.

"When the history books are written, Lewis and Clark will be nothing but a footnote on a footnote and I [Edwards]sir will be the....NOTE."

The chemistry that Hunt and Edwards share in this movie is tremendous, something that makes this movie as funny as can be. With the help of some no so bright helpers, Edwards and Hunt conquer the Pacific. With some misfortunes along the way that make this movie the best, I especially like the "I need the egg of an eagle" scene, hilarious, and the Indian scene where the "NOT RIGHT IN THE HEAD" indian keeps slapping Hunt (Farley) no matter if it is he or Edwards that slaps the Indian.

So get out your wallet use the force of the credit card to order this comedy of a lifetime, it is worth the ride. TRUST ME

"White water in the morning." [from the movie]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE SEEN ! ! ! ! January 22, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie. Full of laughter, joy, suspense, fun and some action too. Chris Farley is my favorite actor ever. Too bad he passed on. He could have made exelent movie and also hilarious one. I'm not gonna tell anything about the plot of the movie and I never do, otherwise I would ruin the movie and you will not watch it. I do not think that's fair. I'm gonna say the following, though, ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIES EVER MADE IN HISTROY OF ENTERTAINMENT !!!

If you love those epic journy movies with a sprinkle of laughter (this one has the whole can) then you will love this one as much as any other or possibly more. Buy this video tape, or wait for the DVD to come out soon (I hope). But watch it right....now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny.
Funny Funny movie.
Published 13 days ago by VIC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sheep S***!!! :D
Published 19 days ago by connor
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Almost funny. Once was more than enough
Published 21 days ago by bery
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Would recommend
Published 22 days ago by JoAnn Fox
2.0 out of 5 stars Puerile
I rented this film at the request of two pre-teen grandsons and watched it with them. They were in stitches, but I had to fight very hard not to be a grump and prick the balloon of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert MacSwigart
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
One of his last. One of his best!....."THE NEXT MAN TO LEAVE FOR NEW OLEANS, WILL DO SO, WITH A LEAD BALL IN HIS BACK!!!
Published 1 month ago by william p doebler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny and enjoyable to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny.
This is a very funy movie. I would recommend this movie to anone. We are taking a river cruise down the Snake and Columbia rivers so this adds to the fun.
Published 1 month ago by Win Templeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Heroes
Chris Farley and Matthew Perry at their finest. This is not a typical Chris Farley movie which may be disappointing to some.
Published 2 months ago by nora cummings
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
You get what you expect from this story. I found "Almost Heroes" to be a fun movie with some great gags and line deliveries, which makes it easier to overlook the few bad... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam S. M.
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