A comedy taking a look at nature shows should be hilarious!  Nature shows are becoming staples of early morning Saturday television and there are opportunities galore for mockery and satire.  Animals can be funny, the charismatic host is usually hilarious, and the people who end up being interviewed are simply beyond belief.  This should be a gold mine for hilarity.  What we have here is an abject failure to capitalize on that iconic cultural opportunity.

Starting this May 20th, now available on DVD from Paramount Pictures and Happy Madison Productions, comes the latest comic attempt from the Adam Sandler talent hole.  Strange Wilderness is now ready to be brought home and stuck with the rest of your terrible movies.  Torture your kids with this wholly forgettable cinematic soul vomit today!

Strange Wilderness is the story of a nature show of the same name run by Peter Gaulke (played by Steve Zahn).  Jonah Hill, Justin Long and Kevin Heffernan do their best to fill out the cast of misfits.  Their show is on the brink of being cancelled, but they get a tip about a possible map to the cave where Bigfoot lives!  They race a team from a competing show down there, but have all their gear stolen.  The other time gets killed the pygmies, they find Bigfoot, but they kill him and try to make it look like a suicide.  The show falls apart, but it all works out in the end.  Spare me.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes which were not a part of the theatrical release, some extended scenes about a song Jonah Hill sings, a featurette about the turkey, and Reel Comedy’s look at the film.

I didn’t laugh at this movie one single time.  I watched it with one of my roommates and I said that I would probably laugh 50 times, even though the movie wouldn’t be funny at all.  I can be a bit of a laugh whore – I give it up when it’s completely undeserved.  I set out to keep track of just how many times I would laugh.  It was zero.  No actor in this film, with the shining exception of Kevin Heffernan (and that’s mostly due to how much I loved him as Farva in Super Troopers), was remotely close to being funny.  Justin Long, normally at least decent, was horribly disappointing.  Even Jonah Hill, one of the new supposed kings of hilarity, did not even make me crack a smile.  To see Ernest Borgnine, one of the greatest character actors of all time, in this film, was nothing short of heartbreaking.  The plot barely made sense, the competing nature show was never introduced, even the obligatory hot girl (not that hot) somehow ends up in the film and we have no clue why.  Adam Sandler, one of the producers of this film, needs to realize that when it comes to a film without a point, it’s the personalities of the actors who carry it along.  This film required heavy lifting and it got none whatsoever.

It’s not so much Strange as just terrible.

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