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National Lampoon's Gold Diggers 2004

PG-13 CC
2.8 out of 5 stars (19) IMDb 2.9/10

This comedy follows the misadventures of two completely incompetent con men who, in desperation, try their hands at the art of "gold digging."

Starring:
Will Friedle, Chris Owen
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Gary Preisler
Starring Will Friedle, Chris Owen
Supporting actors Louise Lasser, Renée Taylor, Nikki Ziering, Rudy De Luca, Jack Ong, J.J. Cole, Carmen Twillie, Gabriel Bologna, Mary Albee, Draegin, Jeff Eveleth, Akira Lane, John Paul Lubran, Rena Riffel, Tawny Amber Young
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
Format: DVD
In my experience, seeing the words "National Lampoon" in any film title is a bad omen, indicating tastelessness and a dearth of actual comedy up ahead. National Lampoon's Gold Diggers manages to take the series to an all-time low - which, sadly, is no mean feat. Will Friedle and Chris Owen act as if they are auditioning for a future installment of Dumb and Dumber, and the plot suffers from a definite "ick" factor - and, sadly, those are actually the movie's strengths.

Calvin (Friedle) and Leonard (Owen) grew up together in an orphanage and are now trying to make their mark on the world as young adults. They certainly don't want to have to work for a living, so they take up a life of petty crime. They are pitiful failures at this and wind up in jail. Then, two old ladies they accosted on the street bail them out and invite them for a visit in their impressive home. The guys (by which I mean Calvin, as he's the only one really capable of actual human thought) think their hosts are rich, and so it is that they devise a plan to marry them, wait for their imminent deaths, and then live large on their inheritances. Doris (Louise Lasser) and Betty Mundt (Renee Taylor) may be heirs to the Mundt prophylactics fortune, but they are in fact cash poor (thanks to their insane uncle, who is in charge of the Mundt estate). They make their own plans to marry the two young men, purchase sizable insurance policies on them, and then kill them. The double wedding takes place, the marriages are consummated (do I hear a Yuck!?), and about a month passes. Calvin finds that married life with buxom, not-dead-yet Doris is driving him insane, so he and Leonard begin setting "accidental" traps for their wives; naturally, the women are finalizing their own murder plans at the same time. Mr. and Mrs.
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This movie is VERY funny - I love it! I did get the unrated version, and wish I had gotten the rated version instead (the flashes of the gal unclothed are a little too much). I understand that some may not like it, but if you liked Dumb and Dumber, you WILL like this movie! Watch this movie with the expectation of ridiculous situational comedy and unbelievable human behavior, and you will like it!
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This could have been a good movie. The premise was ripe for exploitation and nobody exploits the stupidity of people in general and young people in particular better than National Lampoon. They are the acknowleged masters of the exploitation genere: movies with absolutely no redeeming social value that still leave you laghing. In this case, however, they exploited only their reputation.

The premise is of a couple of young idiots looking for an easy life without work. Hey...it's worked for years. They fail at just about everything including purse snatching and armed robbery. Finally they hit upon a scheme to marry a couple of rich spinsters and wait to collect the inheritance. There is a problem, though, in that the spinsters are hard up for cash as well and conceive of a plot to marry the dumb kids who tried to mug them, insure them heavily and then kill them for the payout. It had so much potential for comedy and it falls flat.

There are a few moments of brief humor but they are far too few and far between. Most of my time was spent agonizing "surely, it will get better". It didn't.

I almost gave this one a single star. What kept me from doing so is that there are a few movies out there that are even worse. Unfortunately, I have seen some of them.

Buy this one if you MUST complete your National Lampoon Collection or if you want something to distract you from the pain of a root canal. Otherwise, don't bother. Even renting is a stretch.
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Sorry I couldn't come up with a better punchline, but this movie doesn't deserve any original thought or ideas. Maybe its because there aren't any original ideas in this movie event. National Lampoon used to mean funny, now its french for crapola. Avoid this one at all costs!!! Watch Caddyshack II, Airplane II, yes even Xanadu three times each before you pick this booger one.
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This was a meager attempt to add onto the National Lampoon's tradition. The movie itself was somewhat entertaining, but it really did little to nothing when it came to capturing the interest of the audience. The character development was very minimal and the acting was a little below par. However, it did deliver on some level of entertaining the audience with extremely desperate characters and although the script's storline was pretty thin, it managwed to present somewhat of a tangibly grounded plot that kept me interested in the outcome of the movie. This is just a meagerly fun movie and there are no great performances, but it simply serves as a slice of Hollywood B-Movie entertainment. So, if it is a b-movie someone is searching for with the expectations of such a movie, this your movie.
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I just purchased this film and viewed it. It is the BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buyer beware !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Love National Lampoon, but this was not a hit.
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I enjoyed the movie. It's ashame people didn't think very highly of it. Will Friedle and Chris Owen are great in it. They work well together. Unfortunately, there's no closed captioning and the girl on the cover, is only in it for a few scenes. She's not in the majority of the movie. But I don't watch it for her. I watch it for Will Friedle. I love him and he is hilarious in this movie. As always!!!! But I will say, this is probably more of a guy movie. Unless you're a girl watching it for Will. ☺️
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