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Product Description

It's mating season...

Meet Carl (Bob Saget) and Jimmy (Lewis Black), two cold penguins on a desperate mission to get themselves some hot booty. After years of empty one-night stands, Carl wants more than a piece of penguin tail. He wants the love of the beautiful Melissa (Christina Applegate). Now it's up to Jimmy to help his neurotic friend win her heart and find his dream girl. The only thing that stands in their way is...a seventy-mile trek across Antarctica. It's a road trip like no other, as these two best bros make their way to a penguin island paradise. From director and comedian Bob Saget, comes a raunchy, yet heart-warming comedy like no other.

Get ready for a stiff and dirty ride! May the FARCE be with you...

Between Snakes On A Plane and Farce of the Penguins, one really wonders what Samuel Jackson has been smoking. This Jackson-narrated mockmentary of March of the Penguins, written and directed by Bob Saget (America's Funniest Home Videos), highlights the penguins' lascivious side, as the male's march inland to find mating partners. Overdubbed with human voices, Farce stars three penguins, Carl (Bob Saget), a neurotic, insecure bird whose search for true love has so far been in vain, Jimmy (Lewis Black), a mobster-like father figure who encourages Carl to keep up hope, and Marcus (Tracy Morgan), a smooth, African American penguin with a self-professed huge penis. Miles away, as the men journey inward, fighting off seals and engaging in therapy sessions with snowy owls along the way, Vicky (Mo'nique) tells Melissa (Christina Applegate) that someday her Prince Charming will come, which, predictably, he does. Watching penguins discussing the meaning of life, questioning their annual masochistic hike through tundra, or wondering if they have eating disorders is funny for about ten minutes. Samuel Jackson, the ultimate omniscient narrator, furthering the story between scenes is also odd and laughable. But Farce of The Penguins relies on its lewd humor for laughs, and though it is disarming to see waddling birds cuss, Farce's one-liner gets old. Yes, penguins have sex. Farce of the Penguins is a fun idea perhaps taken too far. Nonetheless, there is always something pleasing about anthropomorphizing animals, especially for lovers of crude sex jokes. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Bob Saget
  • Bonus footage with commentary
  • "To the Earth's 'Ice-Hole' and Back: A Director's Journey" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes montage
  • Censored and uncensored trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, Brie Larson, Carlos Mencia
  • Directors: Bob Saget
  • Writers: Bob Saget
  • Producers: Bob Saget, David Permut, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Jeff Sackman, Marc Hirshberg
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSJD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farce of the Penguins" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

If you're curious rent it, but don't waste your money buying the DVD.
If you are prudish, avoid this movie before you end up posting a bad review and wondering why anyone would make such garbage.
James Dismukes
I do recommend it to anyone that wants a good laugh and doesn't mind crude humor.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on April 16, 2008
Format: DVD
Though it may look like a cute, animated penguin movie, Farce of the Penguins' isn't for kids. It's Bob Saget's classic, surprisingly crude humor--pretty much all of which revolves around sex (and, occasionally, fart jokes). Think of it as 'Animal Planet' meets 'American Pie' or you can see it as a foul mouthed send up of the 'March of the Penguins.'

The concept of 'Farce of the Penguins' is priceless. There isn't a single shot of original photography used. It's all stock photography, pieced together and worked into a script that's voiced by just about everyone in Hollywood (or at least those who owed Bob Saget a favor). There's no fancy animation, no special effects. While I definitely appreciate the creativity behind it, though, the story is pretty rough. Some of the jokes get really old after a while--and the 80-minute movie could have easily ended after 60.

While there are some great parts to 'Farce of the Penguins' (like the penguins who wander off and end up victims of Global Warming--or Juan Sanchez, the penguin who loses his mind and goes off on an adventure), watching it often feels like being on the outside of a very detailed inside joke. Though I'm sure it was really funny in the studio--when everyone was hanging around, recording the voices--it's pretty clear that you just had to be there to appreciate parts of it. So the best part of the DVD is actually the making-of feature, which shows the voice talent in the studio, recording their parts. That made me laugh out loud more than the movie itself did.

'Farce of the Penguins' isn't for everyone. In fact, it's probably not for most people. But for fans of Saget's crude humor, it's good for a few laughs--especially if you polish off a few drinks before watching it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on March 15, 2007
Format: DVD
If you want a movie satire that isnt family fare, this is it! If you expecting a cute penguin movie like Happy Feet, this aint it! and If you are expecting a cute Bob Saget (from the show FULL HOUSE) film, this is not it!

This film pokes both fingers of fun at the Oscar Winning doctumentary March of the Penguins. Bob Saget said in the film documentary also on the disk, "I started to adlib dialog to the movie, as I was watching it". This film feels like that adlibbing in a more scripted and tighter form.

Samuel Jackson does his best channeling of Morgan Freeman's narration in this film. Writer/director Saget surrounded himself with the voice talent of Lewis Black, Christina Applegate, 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan, and most of the Full House TV cast (Jodi Sweetin, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, and ER's John Stamos) whop seem to have fun doing this movie.

It is light hearted, sexual romp using stock penguin footage. Those who like the Aristocrats, will LOVE this!

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Discs on February 3, 2007
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What a fantastic concept, and what a horrible execution. South Park is a great example of how to make toilet humor work well. This movie is a great example of how ugly it is when it's done wrong. This goes below low-brow, even below no-brow; watch it and you'll wind up beating your brow against the wall. Watching such talented voices trying to make these jokes fly is as awkward and sad as sitting through a six year old's attempt to tell a dirty joke to a room full of adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2009
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Amazon's review is pretty spot on. I loved March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition). So, the idea of spoofing the hit documentary was a good one. How funny would it be to hear what those penguins are thinking? "My feet hurt." "Are we there yet?" "Seventy miles to get laid?" Maybe singing 99 Bottles of Beer? But, this good idea was wasted.

The movie focused on the crude - there's a LOT of profanity, and sexually explicit jokes. I was expecting that. But, that's all there is. The opportunity for less crass humor was completely ignored, so the film essentially becomes a one-liner, over and over again. Marcus, the "black" penguin, is an almost painful cliché - he's got a big penis, the ladies love him and he drops the f-bomb every other word. Funny for a minute or two, but after that beyond boring. The love story, dragged out ad infinitum by songs, was overdone. Samuel L. Jackson was a great choice as narrator - a huge contrast with Morgan Freeman. And when Gilbert Gottfried's penguin tells him that "Morgan Freeman has more talent in a freckle on his a@@" it's laugh out loud funny. But, such moments are few and far between.

I think what's most frustrating about this film is watching the extra features. Bob Saget gathered a HUGE cast of recognizable talent to do tiny bit parts and main parts (a few didn't even make it into the film). The extras show a lot of very funny lines that were recorded but edited out of the final film - not surprisingly, those lines didn't warrant the R rating. The "deleted scenes" were better than the movie! It's as though Saget decided he wanted to do Eddie Murphy's Raw instead of Bill Cosby.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RG69 VINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
Format: DVD
I find Bob Sagat to be very funny, more so in the Blue(dirty) version of himself rather than the Full House/AFV Sagat. I saw his version of the Aristocrats joke and thought it was great, so I went into this movie with high expectations. This is certainly not a kid's movie, though it does mock one(March of the Penguins). It feels like Bob and a bunch of his comedy friends improving a bunch of dialog as they are watching a nature documentary. Sometimes it is funny, but more often than not, it is not funny. Since this is a low budget affair, they did not use CGI to make the penguins lips move, so they shot has to keep going back and forth as the characters talk so you know who is who. It starts off well, but it just drags on and on. This would have made a fun 10 minute bit on SNL or Mad TV, it is just doesn't sustain for an entire movie.
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