When it comes to producing the lowest of low-budget films, no name may be more synonymous than Roger Corman. His films always are a bit hit-and-miss, although 2011’s Sundance documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, was far more entertaining than this year’s Virtually Heroes of which he executive produces. Even to say “taking a page” from Wreck-It Ralph is giving the film too much credit. Director G. J. Echternkamp and writer Matt Yamashita have cobbled together a live-action R-rated rip-off of Ralph and it’s not for the better. Throwing as many video game references at the screen as possible doesn’t make any of it funny. One tea bagging joke is funny, but when it feels like they’re running at 10 minute intervals just ruins it. Expect this one to head the way of the bargain bin, and the SyFy channel a la most of Corman’s recent productions. The short film Catnip played in front of Virtually Heroes is available on YouTube and packs way more funny into seven minutes than Echternkamp does in an entirely too long 84.
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