Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

  • Review Date: June 2, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Raunchy stand-up roadshow will appeal to teens.
  • Review Date: June 2, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Despite the constant barrage of R-rated language and sexual material, the comedians seem to be sensitive to race, sexual preference, and cultural differences. Some of the stand-up humor is directed at female behavior and sexuality, but it's lighthearted and mostly inoffensive. Real-life interview scenes depict the performers as hardworking and respectful of family and others.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Sexual innuendo, sexual humor, and graphic sexual references throughout the comedy routines and in behind-the-scenes footage. Lots of body-part language ("balls," etc.)

Language

Near-constant use of profanity -- including all forms of "f--k," "s--t," "c---sucker," etc. -- throughout comedy routines and in the offstage banter.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some casual smoking and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the language in this documentary -- which follows Vince Vaughn and a company of comedians on the road -- is not for the faint of heart. The foul language is colorful (every form of "f--k" you can think of and more) and nearly constant. That said, it's primarily delivered in spirited stand-up routines and casual conversation that's meant to be funny, and no anger or aggressive behavior is seen or implied. The guys talk about sex a fair amount (sometimes graphically), and they also smoke and drink.

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What's the story?

In the late summer of 2005, Vince Vaughn and a company of four young stand-up comics plucked from a well-known Los Angeles comedy club embarked on a 30-day, 30-city stand-up marathon. With the added attraction of some appealing guest stars -- including Justin Long, Peter Billingsley, and Jon Favreau -- the show played to delighted, mostly college-aged audiences in sold-out auditoriums. This documentary follows the company, on stage and off, as they make their way across America.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. For the most part, he achieves his goals: Their show is funny, irreverent, hip, macho, revealing, and heartfelt. The movie is all that, as well. It's also too long, and occasionally 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether the movie's documentary format heightens viewers' appreciation of the comedians. What did you learn about the actors and comedians that surprised you? Did your feelings change as you got to know them and their families? Was the segment in which the comedians worked "clean" (for young Hurricane Katrina victims) less funny, more funny, or about the same as their usual routines? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 7, 2008
DVD release date:June 2, 2008
Cast:Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Vince Vaughn
Director:Ari Sandel
Studio:Wild West Picture Show Productions
Genre:Documentary
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language and some sex-related humor.

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