And The Worst Film Of The Year Award Goes To…

I know the year isn’t over yet, and to label a film as being the year’s worst may be a little presumptuous, but have you seen Tim Allen‘s Crazy On The Outside?!

There have been bad actors who have made the jump from acting to directing before. For instance, Ben Affleck. His filmography is oozing with barely sustainable mediocre performances, especially when playing the lead. I’m speaking of Gigli, Daredevil, The Sum Of All Fears, Pearl Harbor and Surviving Christmas, just to name a few.

That’s not to say that he can’t be good. He’s done some admirable work playing smaller parts in films such as Dazed and Confused, Good Will Hunting and Boiler Room.

My point is this, when he decided to give a go at directing his first feature, Gone Baby Gone, at least he had the good sense to not act in it, and as a result he had himself a very well-directed first feature under his belt.

If only the same could be said of Tim Allen. After giving the world such cinematic classics as The Shaggy Dog, Wild Hogs and the epic Santa Claus trilogy, Tim took the next logical step in his career. He got behind the camera to direct his first film, Crazy On The Outside.  You go Tim!

After spending 3 years in jail, Tommy (Tim Allen) gets released and goes to live with his sister and brother in-law (Sigourney Weaver, J.K. Simmons). His sister has been telling their mother that Tommy was in France in order to save her any heartache. Cue in the awkward scenes of Tommy trying to speak french. This unfunny comedic gag, much to my dismay, will be repeated throughout the film’s entirety. Apparently if a joke isn’t funny the first time by the tenth time it will be hilarious, it worked for him on Home Improvement (Ar ar rah ahhh). I guess Allen must have forgotten that unlike his popular t.v. show, movies do not usually come with laugh tracks to fool the audience into thinking something is funny when it’s not.
Anyway, Tommy falls in love with his parole officer and wants to show her that he’s a changed man and can do good, yadda, yadda, yadda, in comes Tommy’s old pal Ray Liotta, yadda, yadda, yadda Kelsey Grammer gets punched in the balls yadda, yadda, yadda, and they all live happily ever after.

Honestly, I’m not even sure it is possible to list the numerous ways in which this movie sucked without calling it a novel, so I think I’m just going to end my review here and try to move on with my life.  Take my advice; do yourself a favor, and stay as far away from this one as you possibly can, you’ll thank me.


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2 Comments on “And The Worst Film Of The Year Award Goes To…”

  1. blackwatertown
    August 15, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    That’s a shame, because it has a decent cast.

  2. Adam
    August 15, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Agreed Blackwater. It just goes to show you how important a director really is, when even a talented cast such as this one comes off horribly.

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