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The Wendell Baker Story

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones.

Movie PG-13 2007 99 minutes
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With an impressive cast of characters and a likeable lead, Wilson manages to make Wendell Baker Story into a jaunty comedy. It's best when it's effortlessly irreverent -- as when Wendell and Dave cross swords over Doreen, or when Cassel's character tries to pick up a girl by dropping the "G" word ("G-spot"). And Will Ferrell is hilariously brilliant as Doreen's new boyfriend.

But unfortunately, it races inexorably toward a corny second half that loses the energy established in the first 15 minutes. In the movie business, there's a thin line between quirky and trying too hard. Fun as it may be, The Wendell Baker Story unfortunately lands squarely on the latter side.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 18, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: October 30, 2007
  • Cast: Eva Mendes , Luke Wilson , Owen Wilson
  • Director: Luke Wilson
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: THINKFilm
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some crude and sexual humor and language.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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