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Ass Backwards

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Language and edgy humor in dumb beauty-pageant spoof.

Movie NR 2013 85 minutes
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Comediennes June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson wrote the screenplay for ASS BACKWARDS, their first since the horrendous Bride Wars -- and they have not shown improvement. This time they star as two very dumb characters, and the movie's one joke is that they don't quite realize how pathetic they are. This kind of joke could work if the characters were charming and had the ability to win over other characters, but these women remain stupid and annoying throughout. No one likes them, and for good reason. The movie actually opens and closes with the friends peeing on the sidewalk, which says volumes. (They use the lazy writer's technique of starting the movie with a flash-forward to an exciting scene, rather than the actual opening, which is rather dull and unfunny.) For some reason Jon Cryer, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Alicia Silverstone signed on for this, and even they can't generate any laughs. The movie's only benefit is a last-minute commentary on beauty pageants.

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