Screwed

"Bad"

Screwed Review


Rarely does a film like Screwed come across my desk: a film so utterly easy to insult, from its title on in, that writing the review is an absolute piece of cake. Somehow, the producers of this film chose the title Screwed over such options as Ballbusted, Foolproof, and Pittsburgh, probably hoping to attract a teenage crowd with its would-been-risque-if-not-for-the-likes-of-S.F.W. title and its screwball Norm-MacDonald-needs-better-work antics. Sadly, this marketing technique will probably succeed and result in, well, a lot of people feeling screwed.

Screwed concerns a butler (Norm MacDonald) and a chicken wing vendor (David Chapelle) who team up to try to, well, screw a bitter old hag out of five million dollars. Needless to say, the plan goes south, and the two have to run all over Pittsburgh (which is obviously not really Pittsburgh) to get away with their perfect crime. Norm sleeps with some girl in a bit part that should have been bigger, David convinces good old Norm to fake his death with the help of a mortician (Danny Devito), and all the while we watch the hag bitch and gripe, not really caring

The antics in Screwed are childish, the humor pandering to a sub-human chord that will resonate with no one with an IQ over 80. Norm MacDonald once again shows that the pinnacle of his career will most likely be doing the Weekend Update on SNL (a shtick which has been stolen and improved upon by The Daily Show on Comedy Central, a job Norm MacDonald should campaign for vigorously). David Chapelle shows that his comedic talents lie in stand up and not physical antics. The pleasure that Screwed offers is in the supporting role of DeVito, which is pretty much only a pleasure because watching DeVito in such a darkly comic role is so very different from the average part you see him pigeonholed into.

Screwed is the perfect title for this movie if only because, after watching it, you feel screwed six ways from Sunday by virtue of how absolutely wretched this pitiful excuse for a film is. Writer-directors Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski, the writing team behind Milos Forman's last two flicks, Man on the Moon and The People vs. Larry Flynt, should probably stick to writing other peoples' movies. Behind the camera, they prove that directing is not their strong suit, and that the input that others add to the script proves invaluable to the end product. Letting them direct, it seems, just gets a lot of people screwed.

Screwed up.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 81 mins

In Theaters: Friday 12th May 2000

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 4 Rotten: 26

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Willard Fillmore, as Rusty P. Hayes, as Grover Cleaver, as Miss Crock, as Detective Tom Dewey, as Chip Oswald, as Hillary

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.