Studio: HBO Home Entertainment
Cast: Jim Jefferies
Director: John Moffitt
Release Date: October 12, 2009, 1:57 pm
Rating: Not Rated for (adult language)
Run Time: 00h:57m:42s
ìI hate lifeÖIíve never enjoyed one moment on this planet.î - Jim Jefferies
Movie Grade: D-
DVD Grade: D+
I had absolutely no clue as to who Jim Jefferies was until a DVD copy of Jim Jefferies: I Swear to God arrived at my doorstep. After enduring this hour long ìcomedyî special, I would have been ok staying in the dark as to what this Australian answer to Dane Cook has to offer. Apparently Jefferies is a comic on the rise, playing sold out shows across the world for the last three years, including the Edinburgh Festival. He also appeared at the Montreal ìJust for Laughsî Comedy Festival in 2007, an event that is widely seen as the turning point for Jefferiesí career.
In May, 2009, Jefferies finally hit it big in the United States, thanks to the premiere of I Swear to God on HBO. His is the type of witless, brainless comedy that, unfortunately, appeals to the masses these days. He touches on numerous subjects that we all can relate to, from religion to sex. What Jefferies doesnít do is delve into each subject with enough substance for us to become intimately involved in what heís trying to say. Instead, he takes the more is better approach, trying to cram as much into his one-hour time slot as possible. Itís just too bad that nothing he touches on during this hour generated a single laugh from this humble reviewer.
Jefferies ideas are interesting, but unfortunately, theyíre wholly unoriginal. Ironically I saw one of our funniest comedians, David Cross, perform live the night before witnessing I Swear to God, and Jefferies act only solidified the genius of Cross. The most glaring comparison to draw between the two is that the subject matter was eerily similar. Both comedians focus on drugs, religion, and other glaring matters of todayís society, but while Cross delivers his jokes with a subtlety, charm, and, most importantly unerring wit, Jefferiesí delivery is crude, unappealing, and difficult to listen to. Jefferies jokes lack any wit at all, as each and every punch line is so easily telegraphed that thereís really no point in investing any time or energy into following along with them. Many jokes began as interesting premises, but it soon becomes clear that Jefferies doesnít know where to go with them, so he just randomly inserts a crude remark at the end, and, of course, the audience howls with laughter.
Lest you think that Jefferies isnít the coolest guy on the planet, he makes sure we notice the large amount of beer that he consumes while on stage. Once heís good and hammered (he makes sure to slur his words for full effect), his act takes a dive off the deep end, and Jefferies stoops as low as he possibly can. The last half hour of his bit is nothing but pure, unbridled nastiness, featuring totally unfunny jokes about sex with Jefferies using some of the worst, most offensive words in the English language. Iím far from a prude, but thereís really no value in using such language unless thereís at least a minor bit of comedic value to be had. Thatís certainly not the case here, as Jefferies is clearly trying to be as nasty as possible and hoping that any and all male meatheads in the audience will think heís the best thing sinceÖwell, Dane Cook.
Chuck Aliaga October 12, 2009, 1:57 pm