Let's Go to Prison (Rated & Unrated Version)
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The final verdict: dry, quirky, and slow-paced humor isn't for everyone, but those who can appreciate comedic build-up and a unique twist ending would REALLY enjoy this. Amidst the negative reviews I was happy to see there were others like me who "get it" as in it's not really meant to be a laugh-out-loud riotfest but more like... Napoleon Dynamite. Subtle & slow yet obviously funny because it's ridiculous (which is so much harder to accomplish well and I think both films do so wonderfully).
The three principle actors worked really well together. You come to like them all better as the film progresses, which was cool because at first all you see is an immature jerk, a spoiled prissy brat, and an overpowering man-buying love-fearing rapist. Dax's character has a certain cruel charm but it was Chi & Will (a.k.a. Barry and Lil' Pisces) who stole the show. Every scene with those two was just nailed, I wished there were more.
If you liked Will Arnett in Blades of Glory, I think he's infinitely better in this movie! Just give it a chance!
The movie is actually very good, and in many ways, very bold. The movie makes light of scenarios that are actually quite scary. One of the prison inmates, Leonard, is played straight by Michael Shannon. He's as sadistic and remorseless as you'd expect, he's even given a very somber and serious backstory where he kills his father with a hammer. His character probably would've fit right in on the show OZ. A truly well developed and unique character for a comedy.
The two main characters played by Will Arnett and Dax Sheppard have good chemistry. Dax attempts to seek revenge on Will Arnett's character because Arnett's father in the film is responsible for Dax's many trips to prison. While the environment plays off Dax's revenge as almost college style hazing, it is very brutal. Dax pimps out Will to a rather large and deluded inmate played by Chi McBride. As Will Arnett's psyche breaks down, he and Chi McBride form a very awkward and sexual father-son relationship. The movie definitely uses the surreal nature of being imprisoned to it's benefit, and doesn't pull it's punches.
The end of the movie is a bit rushed. It seems as though the writers have an excellent plan for how to develop Will's character once in prison but were unaware of how to bring him back into the 'real world'. The film would benefit immensely from a tighter ending. Aside from that it's definitely worth checking out if you can appreciate the film's twisted sense of humor. I know I did.
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love this movie, too funny. love the actors in it, too. great delivery and shipping was fast. thank youPublished 12 days ago by luvsminis
I love this movie. Not a very realistic movie about the prison system but it does contain great fun facts about prison life. If you want to laugh, this is the movie for you.Published 1 month ago by Cathryn
If you like crime/prison comedy, you will find this hilarious. Clever, refreshing, and admittedly silly at times.Published 4 months ago by Christopher D Robertson