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Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Tucker and Dale vs Evil</strong> (2010)

(On Cable TV, October 2013) Oh, we’ve seen this movie before: College kids go deep in the wood for a weekend party, meet creepy hillbillies and numerous deaths ensue.  But the scenario is familiar enough to have spawned parodies, and after The Cabin in the Woods, here’s Tucker and Dale vs Evil, which follows two good-natured rednecks on a weekend outing as they find themselves attacked by college kids following an escalating series of accidents and misunderstandings.  Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk star as the unlucky pair of heroes, bringing a good-natured charm to already-sympathetic roles.  But the star of the film really is the script, which manages to balance a tricky mixture of gore, comedy, trope inversion and self-aware idiot plotting.  It works, even though there is a moment around the half-way mark where it seems as if the premise runs thin and the gory deaths become a bit too gory for the comedy: Tucker and Dale vs Evil knows what it’s doing, and there’s considerable amusement in seeing would-be antagonists and protagonists switching roles.  Writer/director Eli Craig’s script isn’t bad, and the entire film is a great deal sweeter than anyone could have expected.  (That’s not entirely good, as the largely-useless final scene suggests.)  Of course, as with The Cabin in the Woods (which you can now purchase as a recommended double-feature DVD with Dale and Tucker vs Evil), this is a film that is perhaps best appreciated by those who are aware of the whole “hillbilly horror” subgenre, and who can stomach often-excessive amount of gore with their comedy. 

Death at a Funeral (2007)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Death at a Funeral</strong> (2007)

(On DVD, August 2008) This is not going to be a long review: Amiable funeral farce in which an ensemble of British-accented actors deal with a would-be blackmailer and accidental drug trips. Despite the language and the seemingly-dark theme, this is an innocuous and friendly film that mixes gross laughs with more emotionally complex moments to produce a hard-to-dislike comedy film. The actors are fine (with Alan Tudyk a highlight), the direction is unobtrusive and the script is a little wonder of weaving subplots. Not a bad choice for a comfortable movie night. The DVD contains a director’s audio commentary that’s impossible to dislike.