1998; Rated PG; 93 Minutes
Steve Van Wormer: Stew Deedle
Paul Walker: Phil Deedle
A.J. Langer: Lieutennant Jessie Ryan
John Ashton: Captain Douglas Pine
Dennis Hopper: Frank Slater
Eric Braeden: Elton Deedle
Produced by Christopher
Cronyn, Andy Heward, Rick Johnson, Aaron Meyerson, Dale
Pallock and Artie Ripp; Directed by Steve Boyum;
Screenwritten by James Herzfield and Dale Pollock
by DAVID KEYES
The Deedles" is one of the worst movies that has ever been
conceived. I loathed and despised absolutely every pathetic
second of it, all while attempting not to nauseate in disbelief
right there in the theater. Absolutely nothing could have
saved this dreadful excuse for entertainment. As one person
behind me noted as he witnessed one of the film's many lame
jokes, "It makes 'Flubber' and 'Mr. Magoo' look like one
of Ingmar Bergman's movies.'
is the type of movie that, after fifteen minutes, you find
yourself so appalled that it becomes a temptation to walk
out of the theater and demand your money back. Several people
did, too, at least when I was there. Those who stayed behind
threw popcorn at the screen, booed it, and often spurted
out language that can't even be repeated here. Earlier,
when I went up to the ticket booth and bought passes for
this movie, one person behind me noted that "it will really
piss you off." I don't necessarily believe people who tell
me this, but with this case, I deserved what I got.
film is an absolute disaster; one so crappy and so misconceived
that Disney's studios verify that their live-action department
has finally fell into the hole. After last year's "Flubber"
and "Mr. Magoo," the live-action Disney department declares
its initial crown of being THE single most worst department
of modern-day movies, ultimately setting aside Warner Bros.
and Paramount to much smaller prizes. This is quite a shock;
so shocking that perhaps Walt Disney himself would have
killed someone if he had witnessed it. It's an absolutely
dead-wrong act of mercy to call the film bad; it is so awful
that it's not even funny, and it is so stupid that I seriously
have doubts that anyone on the film's set was a normal human
being. I might believe that perhaps the creators of "Meet
The Deedles" were on pot or cocaine when they made the film,
but I will absolutely not believe that anyone knew what
they were doing here.
your synopsis: two brothers, set up to be air head surfers,
are sent away to camp one year in hopes that someone there
will straighten out their notoriously rotten behavior. When
they get there, the tourists and park administrators think
that they are actually park rangers. This setup persists
to various other subplots, one involving a crazed park ranger
who wants to sabotage old faithful, and several others,
each so dimwitted that the Deedles' fiascos actually seem
intelligent. The jokes are ultimately unlaughable, especially
when they stretch to the point of a man and woman eating
worms in the forest. Both of them chomp down on one end
of the same worm, and are led together by it in sort of
a "Lady And The Tramp" kiss.
ho, ho, ho, ho. That was so funny I forgot I had laughing
muscles. It is scenes like this that are so manipulatively
pathetic that you sit there and wonder "what are we expected
to do here? Are we expected to drop to the floor in hysterical
laughter? Are we expected to cackle with total delight over
these unfunny scenes? Does anyone expect us to even crack
a laugh here?" I think not.
top that all off, the movie, as I learned after it was all
over, was supposed to capture the farse of that 'unlikely
duo' formula that we witnessed in films like "Beavis And
Butthead" and "Bill's And Ted's Excellent Adventure." Those
movies were funny--"Meet The Deedles" is not. Anyone who
sees it deserves what they get.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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