Sasquatch Dumpling Gang [DVD]
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From the guys that brought you Napoleon Dynamite comes this hilarious Napoleon-topping award-winning comedy. Super-nerdy Gavin Gore and his friends stumble on some huge footprints in the woods. A local cop, reporter and a renowned Sasquatch authority investigate, while two of Gavin's stoner neighbours hatch a scheme to profit from the situation.Features an up and coming young cast including Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan) and Justin Long (Walk Hard, Die Hard 4.0)
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Other reviews will give you a synopsis so I'll skip that, but this is a fun film. It probably won't become an instant hit but it has, like Napoleon Dynamite, all the hallmarks of becoming a cult classic.
It's not all great though. The acting is a little ropey in places and the jumping about in time of the script doesn't work very well, and there are some painfully cheesy moments which you sense were aiming for ironic but ended up falling somewhere between the two. For all that though it is an enjoyable film, and I really liked it a lot. If you like Napoleon Dynamite you'll probably love this too, but if that film passed you by you'll probably want to skip this one.
I plodded through the opening ten minutes with the intention of giving up. Then the film does a Quentin Tarantino style fractured timeline thing were we get the same scene from a different perspective. It hooked me in and I watched the whole movie. The jumpy timeline is fairly pointless, but I assume the story would be pretty flat and dull without the kick it gets from rearranging scenes for comic effect.
Justin Long is an excellent comic actor (see "Accepted" for his best film in a lead role) and he delivers another funny performance as a loser metalhead who needs to make some money fast or he'll lose his car to his bank. The worst performance is by Carl Weathers as a Big Foot expert. He hams it up way too far and just seems out of place with his terrible acting.
The film has a few good laughs and it was painless to watch. I suspect it might be a bit too boring, talky and adult for preteens, and then a bit too innocent for teenagers.
The original title of this film, The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang, is a homage to the title of the 1970s Disney film The Apple Dumpling Gang. Apparently Jeremy Sumpter receives an actual wedgie in this movie. The film's tagline is 'A tale of Nerds and T*rds', emphasising the films PG-13 rating for 'crude humour and language'. It's more 'Dude, Where's My Car?' style teen/young adult entertainment than 'Harry and the Hendersons' family fodder, but none the worst for that. Mature viewers may well find the young men's antics amusing as well.
Filmed relatively cheaply in six weeks, it made just $10,000 on the first day of release. Run time 1 hrs. 24 min. Justin Long has acted in many films such as Galaxy Quest [the nerdy teenager], Jeepers Creepers, Dreamland, Live free or die hard & Dodgeball, as well as voicing Alvin in Alvin & the Chipmunks. Filed under 'cult', I'd rate this Sasquatch Dumpling Gang as a solid 7 out of 10 for fans of the genre [Napoleon Dynamite, American pie, The 'urbs, Flight of the Conchords], with a slightly surreal black comedy twist. Watch the Amazon cinema trailer for more details. Sibling movie Napoleon Dynamite is also worth viewing, and is probably a tad better than this later movie.
The premise is thus: a bunch of kids think they find Sasquatch tracks (and a Sasquatch 'dumpling'). What unravels is a hilarious, non-linear expose of suburban American life and the colourful characters in this backward town where everyone is just a little bit obsessed with Bigfoot. The lead, who previously starred as Peter Pan, is warm and utterly charming, and his love interest is a strong, well-rounded tomboy who really comes into her own as the film progresses.
There are several twists and turns which keep you watching, but mostly we're here for the gags, and there are plenty of those too.
Especially if you like the humour of Napoleon Dynamite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely my favourite comedy movie of all time. A surprise hit purchased on a whim. This is for Napoleon Dynamite, Gary The Tennis Coach, The Goon fans. You won't be disappointedPublished 2 months ago by Mr Adam B
Trying, very consciously, and very hard to be Napoleonic Dynorod. At times it succeeds.Published 20 months ago by C. R. Lowis
If you like Napoleon Dynamite or Gentleman Bronchos this could be up your street.Published 21 months ago by Stroodles
Tim Skousen, the first assistant director on Napoleon Dynamite, serves as the director and writer on The Sasquatch Gang. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2011 by minxymoo
I don't now know if this or Napolian Dynamite is better! this is a cracking film with lots of quotes you will find yourself saying. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by TheWholeTruth
To say this film is from the creators of Napoleon Dynamite is stretching the truth somewhat. The only things that link the two films are Director Tim Skousen was a second unit... Read morePublished on 4 July 2010 by Ernie
Full of deadpan humour and ridiculous characters, this film is certainly not one for everybody. Not being a fan of the cult comedies similar to this one (such as Napoleon Dynamite... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2010 by M. Galbraith
Thought i would buy this film just because it seemed like my sort of thing,was slightly disappointed. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2010 by mr.s.c.d