Parents' Guide to

Big Lake

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Unfunny sitcom can't wring laughs out of language, sex.

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Big Lake is so bad that you're left wondering what went wrong -- and whom to blame. Whether you love him or you hate him, Will Ferrell (who executive produced, along with longtime collaborator Adam McKay) can typically be trusted to deliver a laugh. But the only chuckles you'll find here are part of the show's ham-handed laugh track. How in the world did this make it on the air?

According to news reports, Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder was originally slated to play Josh but left the project just weeks before filming, citing "creative differences." The decision to cast a relative unknown in his role didn't help. But Gethard (a former member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), is no slouch when it comes to comedy, and his presence alone can't explain away all the bad jokes and dead air. The only thing we can say for sure is that this one is utterly skippable.

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