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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Raunchy stand-up roadshow will appeal to teens.

Movie R 2008 100 minutes
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For the most part, Vince Vaughn achieves his goals; like the stand-up show, the movie is funny, irreverent, hip, macho, revealing, and heartfelt. Credit Vaughn with trying to pay it forward: Grateful for his own success, he hoped the country would fall in love with comedians Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, and Sebastian Maniscalco, and that certainly seems to be the case. The film does run a bit long, though, and occasionally is upended by raging testosterone and lapses into childish behavior.

Ahmed, Caparulo, Ernst, and Maniscalco -- and, of course, Vaughn -- are talented, funny men. They're also revealed to be very human. Scenes between shows (shot in the luxury bus that was their home for the trip) are mostly playful but also reveal the insecurity and fear that are part of show business. In four highly personal scenes with the comics' families, the audience gets a first-hand look at their origins, their characters, their hopes, and their vulnerability. Those scenes make this film more than just a comedy revue.

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