Rock Slyde aspires to be a noir detective flick in the vein of Raymond Chandler's stories or the classic Steve Martin comedy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. To say it missed the vein completely and should have been put out of its misery hits a bit closer to the truth.
I think thought Patrick Warburton could do no wrong after such great roles in TV's Rules of Engagement and The Tick. He's even funny when you just hear him do his voiceover roles for cartoons — as with Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove or as the sheriff in the recent reboot of Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Evidently not even Patrick's brand of funny is the Midas touch.
In Rock Slyde, Warburton plays the title character, private detective Rock Slyde. And through the bad jokes, the juvenile sight gags, and the fictitious musical gay porno, it goes downhill from the beginning.
Also appearing in the film are Andy Dick as Bart, the founder of the cult of Bartology; Rena Sofer as femme fatale Sara Lee; Elaine Hendrix as Slyde's secretary/assistant Judy Bee; Jason Alexander as Mailman Stan, a fan of musical gay pornos; Eric Roberts as Jake the Deliveryman; Lea Thompson as a Master Bartologist; Tom Bergeron as Randy Wonder, the owner of Wonderburger; and Brian Bosworth as "The Friendly Pirate" in the bad pirate porno.
The last time I thought Andy Dick was funny was on NewsRadio in the mid-'90s. His character Bart is a Dr. Evil (Austin Powers) wannabe. Sofer is beautiful and I've liked her recent roles as self-assured, powerful women on NCIS and Bones, but her role as a lonely damsel in distress doesn't work. And it's bad when Tom Bergeron, host of America's Funniest Home Videos, has one of the funnier scenes as a Bartologist firing one of his workers at the burger joint simply because the almighty Bart tells him to.