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Tribeca ’16: Nerdland
really does make people dumber. John and Elliot are the animated proof. The
aspiring actor and screenwriter are so desperate for fame they will eventually
do something stupid enough to achieve it. Celebrity culture gets the crude, lewd
satire it so richly deserves in Chris Prynorski’s Nerdland (trailer here), which
screens during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
they are not sleeping or self-gratifying themselves, which is most of the time,
John and Elliot yearn for stardom. Their desperation has long since crossed the
line, becoming counterproductive. John’s humiliation at a press junket,
involving a massively awkward script pitch and a split pair of trousers (and
underwear) is only the latest example.
making it in Hollywood will be the only way they will ever score with shallow
mall bimbos Sally and Linda. Bizarrely, they think their lottery number had
come in when they witness a would-be supervillain’s latest robbery, but they do
not think things through very far, because they are idiots.
dirty little secret of Nerdland is
the ridiculously idiotic lads are probably only too true to life. Regardless,
they should be no confusion regarding the level Prynorski and screenwriter
Andrew Kevin Walker are pitching the humor. This is strictly meathead, horndog
kind of stuff. Frankly, in a world where South
Park, Team America, Ted, and Hell and Back exist, the stakes for leering, foul-mouthed animation have raised
considerably. However, Prynorski and his well-known voice cast consistently get
respectably-sized dumb laughs—and dumb they most certainly are, that is the
that Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt are actually funny voicing the dim-witted duo
really distinguishes Nerdland from
the rest of their work. There are also aptly colorful vocal contributions from
Mike Judge, Laraine Newman, Charlene Yi, and Hannibal Buress.
With a name like Nerdland, you
might automatically think of Birdland the club or the Weather Report tune, but
it is most likely a reference to the original Hollywoodland sign its characters
would be unlikely to get. Still, for the most part, it is hard not to get Nerdland. We are talking low, naughty
humor here, but there is a place for that, especially in a year when Tribeca
has programmed so many un-midnight-like movies in the midnight session. Here at
least is a film that should allow viewers to get a little raucous during its
screenings. Recommended accordingly, Nerdland
screens again tomorrow (4/16), Tuesday (4/19), Wednesday (4/20), and Sunday
(4/24) as part of this year’s Tribeca.
Labels: Animated films, Tribeca '16