Dave's Rating:


… Vince Vaughn comes off like a self-congratulatory blowhard …

Who's in It: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Peter Billingsley, Justin Long, Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Sebastian Maniscalco, Bret Ernst, Keir O'Donnell

The Basics: Part stand-up-comic concert movie, part boring documentary about how much of a drag it is to ride a bus cross-country. Especially one in which Vaughn is allowed to smoke wherever and whenever he likes. Anyway, some of the stand-up is funny. The rest of it's like watching a YouTube video where someone sticks a camera in their friend's face while they're asleep.

What's the Deal? For the first 15 minutes, I was in pain because that's the part where Vaughn comes off like a self-congratulatory blowhard and introduces you to all his awesome pals like Favreau and Dwight Yoakum and the late Buck Owens. But then he gets out of the way and lets the four rising stand-up comics take the spotlight, which is as it should be.

Who Steals the Show: Caparulo, whose pudgy miserablist brand of put-upon stand-up seems to be who he is both onstage and off. He also gives the best exhausted, blank, "Why am I here?" face when the group goes to visit a post-Katrina-trailer-park-refugee camp. So it's true that the best comedy comes from self-loathing and a borderline sociopathic lack of empathy.

Biggest Problem: It's one of the worst-looking movies I've seen in a long time. It should have been a cable TV special. Then its ugliness could have been smaller and more manageable.

Best Scene: They show a clip of the "steroids are bad and wrong" after-school special where Billingsley (the BB-gun-covetous Ralphie in A Christmas Story) met future best pal Vaughn. Now Billingsley is a big-deal producer and goes along for the bus ride here.


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