03/04/2015  
From the Dark on DVD & Blu-ray Apr 14Wordworld: Birthday Party! on DVD Mar 17FirePower (Limited Edition) on Blu-ray & DVD Mar 10The Imitation Game download on Mar 20, DVD & Blu-Ray on Mar 31Something Wicked on DVD Mar 17Believe Me in Blu-ray & DVD Mar 3NFL Super Bowl Champions XLIX: New England Patriots on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Mar 3

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

From the Dark on DVD & Blu-ray Apr 14...
Wordworld: Birthday Party! on DVD Mar 17...
Kelly Osbourne leaves 'Fashion Police' ...
FirePower (Limited Edition) on Blu-ray & DVD Mar 10...
Passage: Leonard Nimoy...
The Imitation Game download on Mar 20, DVD & Blu-Ray on...
Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga sings for 50th anniversary of 'T...
Something Wicked on DVD Mar 17...
Meryl Streep, Peter Fonda celebrate Women in Film...
Guide to Academy Awards programming on TV...



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents
National Lampoon's Pucked (2006)

"This is the Boomerazoo, the most amazing new toy since Barbie."
- Frank (Jon Bon Jovi)

Review By: Chuck Aliaga   
Published: May 02, 2007

Stars: Jon Bon Jovi
Other Stars: Estella Warren, David Faustino, Pat Kilbane, Curtis Armstrong, Dot Marie Jones, Nora Dunn, Cary Elwes
Director: Arthur Hiller

MPAA Rating: R for (language and some sexuality/nudity)
Run Time: 01h:26m:26s
Release Date: April 17, 2007
UPC: 043396183261
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
D FBC+ D+

DVD Review

Thanks to the success of frat-boy comedies like Road Trip and Old School, we've seen a renewed interest in schlocky '80s comedies like Porky's. This rise in popularity can also be attributed to the teen to young adult demographic discovering the National Lampoon's moniker. As a result, it seems that anyone wanting to make a quick buck off of a direct-to-DVD comedy slaps that tag before their film's title and waits for groups of sex-craved young men to grab these discs off the shelves. The latest of these was originally titled The Trouble with Frank, and is now inexplicably called National Lampoon's Pucked. However, as with most, if not all of the entries in the "franchise," this turkey should have been named National Lampoon's Complete Waste of Time.

It's difficult to know where to start with this mess. Open-mindedness is key when a potentially disastrous title like this arrives at your door, but mine would only stay open for about five minutes in this case. The pointless plot involves Frank Hopper (Jon Bon Jovi), a down-on-his-luck attorney who decides it would be fun to fill out a questionnaire where he claims to be a millionaire. This seemingly harmless survey soon turns into 200 credit cards that are now in Frank's name. What is a guy to do with a pile of credit like this? Why, buy a women's ice hockey team, of course.

While Jon Bon Jovi has proven on a couple of occasions that he can act, he has yet to attempt to carry a film by himself. This can't possibly be the same Bon Jovi we saw in U-571, as he gives the most wooden performance I've seen in ages. The guy's hair deserves separate billing, and his dialogue-delivery is so unnatural and forced, that it often sounds like there's some serious over-dubbing going on. I still have confidence in Bon Jovi as an actor, but for his next role, he should at least take the time to phone in his performance.

At least we're saved from total ridiculousness, thanks to the presence of the always-effective Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). This guy is a consummate professional, making the most out of every poor script he reads. You would think at least one other cast member could feed off of Elwes and be at least slightly effective, but instead we're saddled with shoddy work from a Z-list cast, including David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married...With Children), Curtis Armstrong (Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds franchise), and the lovely Estella Warren (Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes). Acting is never a strong point in National Lampoon's titles, but this is as bad as it gets in that department.

Feature-length comedy really doesn't get much worse, and most-importantly unfunny than this. If it wasn't before, the National Lampoon's tag is officially the kiss of death for any comedy. The saddest thing about that is the producers seem to want to slap that before their film's title, since there are plenty of people who will give those flicks a chance due to the guarantee of nudity and an overabundance of spoon-fed jokes. For those that want at least some wit and intelligence in their comedy, avoid this at all costs and catch one of the numerous, actually funny films sitting on DVD shelves just waiting for an audience. I guarantee you'll have a much better time than I did with Bon Jovi and pals.

Rating for Style: D
Rating for Substance: F

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation is surprisingly strong given the low budget, direct-to-video nature of the film. Image clarity is nice, with sharpness and detail persevering over an often muted color scheme. Sharpness and contrast levels are well-handled, while dirt, grain, and other flaws are kept to a bare minimum.

Image Transfer Grade: B

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: A Dolby Digital 5.1 track serves the material well, but is subdued and undynamic. The surrounds are only used for a few music cues, and bass is virtually nonexistent, but the (poorly-written and unfunny) dialogue is crisp and clear.

Audio Transfer Grade: C+

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 28 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, French, Spanish with remote access
6 Other Trailer(s) featuring Decoys: The Second Seduction, Attack of the Gryphon, Bottoms Up, Not Another Teen Movie, The Marsh, The King of Queens
2 Featurette(s)
Packaging: Keep Case
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The only extras are a collection of Sony previews and a pair of featurettes. Dirty Old Man is a five-minute piece hosted by a man in a red robe, who interviews some of the cast. This piece is simply an excuse to show more topless girls, but that will be more than pleasing to the film's target audience.

Poonanny is nearly four minutes of the female cast proclaiming, "We need the Poonanny!" This piece is also a blatant excuse to show more topless girls, giving no insight into the making of the film.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

Unsurprisingly, the Jon Bon Jovi vehicle National Lampoon's Pucked is a laugh less exercise in painfully obvious, ineffective jokes and sight gags. Sure, there's plenty of the nudity and debauchery that we expect from the franchise, but there's nothing you'll remember for a second after the end credits roll. Sony's DVD is technically sound, and they've even thrown in a couple of nudity-heavy "featurettes" that pose as extra features.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

horror, kids, television, kelly osbourne, giuliana rancic, zendaya, dreadlocks, action, star trek, sci-fi, leonard nimoy, human-alien first officer, star ship enterprise, music, kelly clarkson, brandon blackstock, terry smith, american idol winner, drama, oscars 2015, lady gaga, the sound of music, julie andrews, scarlett johansson, film, movies, oscars, comedy, sports, abc, the view, delores & jermaine, whoopi goldberg, taylor kinney, heart-shaped diamond, saturday night live 40, rachel dratch, tom hanks, alec baldwin, melissa mccarthy, billy crystal, documentary, jimmy fallon, justin timberlake, paul mccartney, paul simon, miley cyrus, kanye west, 60 minutes, bob simon, car accident, manhattan, dance competition, dancing with the stars, mark ballas, valentin chmervoskiy, witney carson, comedy central, the daily show, jon stewart, the colbert report, the nightly show with larry wilmore, john oliver, bill maher, movie, spiderman, avengers, sony pictures, amy pascal, marvel films, kevin feige, biography

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store