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Delta Farce

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War in Iraq isn't funny -- neither is this movie.
  • Review Date: September 4, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Culturally insensitive characters can't tell the difference between Mexicans and Iraqis. Even though the cuisine and dress are stereotypically Mexican, these things are still confused with Iraqi culture.

Violence

Military-issued machine guns are used against gangsters with various weapons. Many shots are fired, but there's no blood or obvious deaths. One character is accidentally buried alive. Reference (innuendo-style) to rape.

Sex

Jokes about "quickies," "hooters," and "C-cups" innuendo about homosexual sex, marriage.

Language

Mostly "s--t," but also "retard," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "t--s," "piss," and "godamnit."

Consumerism

Hooters restaurant, Corona beer, Chewbacca.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The guys drink tequila and beer; Larry chews tobacco.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lowbrow war send up is aimed at 13-year-olds who like broad jokes based on stereotypes. Since the story is about three dopey reservists who confuse Mexico for Iraq, there are several culturally insensitive moments that portray Mexicans (not to mention Southern men) very stereotypically. Language includes "s--t" and "retard." Star Larry the Cable Guy and his pals spew many fart jokes and fire many rounds of ammunition for their "mission." Families with loved ones deployed in Iraq probably won't be amused, even if the movie is dedicated to the troops.

What's the story?

A recently jilted Larry and his loser buddies Everett (DJ Qualls) and Bill (Bill Engvall) hole up at their state Army reservists' base for a weekend of drinking and hunting. When they're activated by hard-nosed Sergeant Kilgore (Keith David channeling R. Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket), they still don't understand the severity of being called up for duty. Sleeping in the air transport on the way to Fallujah, they accidentally get ejected and don't realize they are in fact in Mexico instead. The three amigos come across two Mexican men speaking Spanish but still believe they're in Iraq. The Mexicans, realizing that the American soldiers are indeed as dense as their helmets, lure the threesome to their besieged village to ward off bandits led by Carlos Santana (no, not the musician, the underrated character actor Danny Trejo from Grindhouse and Spy Kids).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

David and Trejo are compelling supporting players, but even their presence can't make DELTA FARCE watchable. The war just isn't amusing, and neither is portraying red-state soldiers and Mexicans as stereotypical buffoons. And that's something moviegoers on every point of the political spectrum would probably agree upon.

No matter how viewers feel about the current war in Iraq, it's probably safe to say that most families don't consider it a funny topic. Apparently Larry the Cable Guy -- otherwise known as the "Git 'er done" member of the Blue Collar Comedy group -- and his pal, director C.B. Harding, thought otherwise when they developed this war movie parody.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this movie is a criticism of the war or a tribute to the troops it's dedicated to. Is it funny to ridicule the military, the war, and active reservists? Why or why not? How are Mexicans portrayed? What stereotypes does the film exploit? Does calling something a "spoof" mean it's OK to go for laughs based on labels and preconceived notions?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 11, 2007
DVD release date:September 4, 2007
Cast:Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls, Larry the Cable Guy
Director:C.B. Harding
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual humor.

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Adult Written byankmonk123 April 9, 2008

so funny

this movie was really raunchy but it was hilarious so it would ok for mommy and daddy but not the kids
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

I LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVEIT, LOVE!!!!

Ok, this is a great movie. Language isn't that bad if you don't care about the words "retard" and "piss" etc. There are a few sex references, but nothing bad. I think that people 8+ can watch this. They also insult gay people, which I don't mind hearing, but I wouldn't insult them. Overall, a good movie.
Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008

War in Iraq isn't funny, but this movie sure is

Ok, anyone who couldnt find at least 10 laughing moments has no common sense. My parents and I watched it at home as a rented movie last night and I couldnt stop laughing. Not any sex, theres language- but you can expect it from Larry and Bill engvall. The violence is mild and mostly slapstick. The men, larry, bill, and their prissy friend, after another bogus week, decide to go on a hunting trip, only to be mistaken for Army soldiers after Sgt. Killgore sees their great shooting. They train for a wile and eventualy get on the plane. In the middle of the night, theres a storm, which causes trouble and the pilots are forced to drop their humvee. So then they begin their war on terror in the wrong country, but for a good reason, since a thug coincidentaly named Carlos Santana, and his gang are terrorizing Mexico city. Pros: The seargent drinks from a canteen that was peed in, he eats rations full of larrys Chew tobacco, and I laughed at the wanna-bees playing Jeff dunham with their own Jose the jalapeneo on a steek characters and obviously failing with either dumb, or offensive jokes. I have no cons. Any one under 12 would not get the humor, but for 12 and up, its funny, so you should definatly rent it. Common sense has no common sense in their "War in Iraq isnt funny, neither is this movie" because it is funny.

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