2013 was a boon year for boundary-pushing sketch comedy films. With the highly remembered Movie 43, there was another contender that ran, but didn’t get nearly enough attention… Some would argue that it was a more down to earth version of the former’s star-studded skits. Others would call the film grossly inappropriate… An Inappropriate Comedy that is.
Inappropriate Comedy gets its name from the conceit that all the sketches are apps on director’s, Vince Offer, tablet. It’s not relevant to any of the sketches but does allow for a nice gimmick to switch between the ideas and to switch back as they develop and progress.
When compared to Movie 43, the film has a stronger political tint running through the sketches, Race relationships is a key theme in such skits as The Amazing Racist where comedy writer, Ari Shaffir, provokes members of the public on their ethnic characteristics. It’s a jaw-dropping experience, but the film has other horses in its stable such as Adrian Brody who plays a Dirty Harry send up in Flirty Harry, where the tough cop who can’t help making a double-entendre out of any line that he says. Brody’s delivery, the attention put in to capture that late 70s look and of course the written lines themselves make Flirty Harry a stand out sketch.
Unlike in Movie 43, aside from Lindsay & Adrian, the star power isn’t a significant focus here, Rob Schneider stars in his very own sketch, but the selling power here is the recurring sketch premises as they escalate. Not relying on recognised names, allows Vince Offer et al. to approach unsuspecting members of the public, and subject them to unbelievable situations.
With a name like Inappropriate comedy, the sketches take that title to the nth degree, as can be seen in The Porno Review Where Michelle Rodriguez and Rob Schneider play the adult film world’s answer to Siskel & Ebert, with this example and those I’ve mentioned previously, all revel in the gratuitous in a move that not just pushes the envelope, but hurls it across to the other side of the room.
Its sketch like premise makes Inappropriate Comedy feel like an elongated pilot for a controversial sketch show we never got, like a Who Is America before its time. The individual ideas have a lot of promise, and if spun-off could become strong contenders in the alternative comedy circuit. Inappropriate Comedy, despite being a film run entirely off a tablet shows that these ideas have a lot of charge.
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