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Strange Wilderness

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Produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions, this one's a mishmash of bit players from different comedy camps. Versatile comic actor Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman) headlines a cast featuring friends of Sandler Allen Covert (Grandma's Boy) and Peter Dante (The Water Boy), Apple spokesman Justin Long (Dodgeball), Judd Apatow pal Jonah Hill (Superbad) and Broken Lizard alum Kevin Heffernan (Super Troopers). Though they've each had shining moments headlining their own films, here they're all just a bunch of goof-offs seemingly ad-libbing for an hour and a half.

Second-generation wildlife TV show host Peter Gaulke (Zahn) is about to see the program he inherited from his father cancelled. In a last-ditch effort to keep the show on the air, his rag-tag crew trips to South America in hopes of filming one final amazing episode on the elusive Bigfoot.

If there's a category this title falls under, it's stoner comedy. Aside from the prominent recreational drug use, there is foul language and one-liners galore. A small portion of the film is very funny—none moreso than when Zahn voices over scenes for his show—but by and large, the content will best be served as background noise when you round up your old college buddies to down some brewskis.

Writer/director Fred Wolf enlisted some grade-A talent for this project, but it just didn't come together. Still, after having watched the special features, what I wouldn't have given to be a fly on the wall during some of their almost fully riffed scenes.

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