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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2005
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2005
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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2002
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 17, 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2005
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
on February 6, 2006
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2005
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2005
Chris Farley's last movie and is 100% true to his comedic stylings. Best movie after Tommy Boy and Black Sheep
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2004
This was Chris Farley's last film. He ended on a high note. The movie is intentionally stupid--a hilarious GOOF--and directed by Christopher Guest (known for having directed "This is Spinal Tap.") They surely weren't pushing for an Oscar with this one - merely encouraging laughter. This is the story of Bartholomew Hunt (Chris Farley) and Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry) who, in 1804, follow explorers Lewis and Clark, in hope of being the first men to see the Pacific Ocean. Along their journey they're sure to bring laughter to true fans of Farley's ways, and perhaps to fans of Mel Brooks' as well, as some of the comedy is similar to Brooks' humor in "Robin Hood - Men in Tights."
It is a real shame that this movie isn't available on DVD (yet,?) because the presentation of it on VHS is awful. I quote the fine print on the back of the tape's case: "This film has been modified as follows from its original version: It has been formatted to fit your screen." The picture is zoomed in WAY too far, and the result looks distorted. In many shots heads are cropped, we sometimes see only approximately 75% of the face of the person who speaks, and at one point, where a sign reads "Welcome to Snakes Bend," we only see "elcome to Snakes Ben." I was hugely disappointed by the film's presentation, but surprised by the quality of comedy since this is not a much talked about movie.
Zero points to he who decided to crop the movie, and full points to whomever releases it on DVD (with OPTIONAL formatting.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2001
I saw this movie in the theatres and I was disappointed. But then I rented it and got all the little jokes that I missed and by the third viewing, I really liked this movie. I'm a big Farley fan and I would rank this movie right under Tommy Boy as one of his best films he's done. The supporting cast is also very funny. There are so many good laughs in this film. Anyone who looks at my woman, I KILL HIM! The horse sh*t story. Revenge is sweet sir! Do you realize your maiden is made of straw? When they take turns looking through the binocular. This movie definately grows on you. It's definately got some laughs that are definately worth your while if you are a Farly or goofy comedy fan. I hope they make this onto DVD someday! If you like Joe Dirt, Dirty Work, or Tommy Boy, you'll like this movie. If not, try it 2 more times.
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