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Movie Review: Larry the Cable Guy, Health Inspector

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This film, err movie, is unreviewable. Honestly, how do you review something like this? I’m not saying I didn’t like it; it has a certain flatulent charm. I am also not saying it is good; that would be a lie. What am I trying to say? I do not know.

By now I am sure that most of you have at least heard of Larry the Cable Guy, the comedian known for the tag line “Git-R-Done,” and part of the Blue Collar Comedy crew with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Ron White. He is crude, rude, and, at times, hilarious. This movie just translates him to the big screen, or rather, it puts him on the big screen. The movie plays out like an extended skit from the television show.

Take the standard mismatched buddy cop movie. You know the drill. Take a renegade cop, a guy who plays by his own rules, saddle him with a straight-laced rookie partner, and put them on a seemingly unsurmountable mission. Of course, things will go bad, the chief will give a big speech, fire the hero, who then has to take matters into his own hands to save the day. There you have it; that is the story for this movie, although change cop to health inspector. I’m sorry if I spoiled it for anyone.

Health Inspector plays like a collection of skits, a circus of one-liners with Larry as the ringmaster. He travels the town cracking down on health code infractions and leaving flatulence in his wake. All is going well until he is faced with a rash of poisonings at five-star restaurants. Will he be able to stop the serial poisoner?

The cracks are thrown fast and furious, some of them stick and some of them fall to floor twitching in the throes of bad joke death. Fortunately, Larry has enough crass charm to carry the movie. While the plot is recycled from countless other films, it is a fun diversion.

Health Inspector is not meant to be high art, and anyone who views it through strictly critical eye filters is bound to be disappointed. It knows what it is, a crude lowbrow comedy vehicle, and it succeeds at that. It was a fun diversion on a Saturday night. If you would rather watch a film built on ideas, see V for Vendetta instead. This movie is about fart jokes, crude, politically incorrect one-liners, and just being stupid.

Joining Larry for this romp through the rude and crude is a decent cast. There is Tony Hale, of Arrested Development fame, as the handicapped competition, and Tom Wilson, Biff from the Back to the Future Trilogy, as his boss. His partner is played by Iris Bahr (a former sergeant in the Israeli military). Larry even gets a love interest, in the form of Megyn Price from Grounded for Life. Rounding out the supporting cast is Joe Pantoliano as the mayor, M. T. Gunn (hehe).

Bottomline. Not a classic by any stretch, not even a good movie, but there is enough to laugh at that it is not a complete waste. The best way to judge this kind of movie is if it makes you laugh out loud, and this did, on a few occasions. If you are in the mood for stupid comedy, maybe you had a rough week of work, or just been kind of blue, this could just snap you out of it.

Mildly Recommended

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  • Dynamo of Eternia

    I have to say that your review is pretty much spot on.

    I went and saw this movie over the weekend and I did laugh pretty hard a few times. I went into it not expecting much, so I wasn’t really disapointed. I wasn’t a great movie by any means, but it was good for some laughs.

    I probably wouldn’t have even seen this movie in the theater, but there just hasn’t been anything out in the last 3 months or so that I’ve had any real desire to see, and I was in the mood to go out and see a movie. And I do enjoy the occasional mindless, dumb comedy, so since this was out, I figured what the heck?

    The funny thing about seeing Tom Wilson now is that now that a significant time has passed, out of all of the cast from the Back to the Future films that they put make-up on to look older, he is probably the one that now looks the closest to how he did back then with the make-up on.

    And I didn’t mind seeing Megyn Price in the movie. I personally find her to be rather attractive, so I had no complaints there.

    The bit with Kid Rock was kind of random and funny as well.

    All-in-all not a bad movie, but not good either. It’s probably worth waiting for rental or cable, unless you’re like me and you want to go out to see a movie and there just isn’t much else out that you want to go see.

    I’m sure within a year or two, Comedy Central will get the rights to show this movie and run it into the ground as part of their various Blue Collar themed marathon weekends that they seem to do almost every other week. Since the movie was only PG-13, there probably won’t be a whole lot that they have to cut out for TV.