Friday, May 3, 2013

Let's Go To Prison (2006)

It’s rare that I watch comedies, but considering the subject matter I thought this might be a fun. It’s a bit of an unjustified revenge story, a man gets out of prison with a mind to take revenge the judge who sentenced him, only to learn his nemesis has died. So he sets his sights on the late judge’s son… and arranges for his conviction and unpleasant stay in the pen.

First of all, if you are expecting a funny ha-ha comedy with a gag a minute, this is not the movie for you. This film had more of the feel of a cult comedy than anything else, and people who have at least a nodding familiarity with everyday life in the prison system (on either side of the bars) will probably catch more of the humor in it. It was directed by Bob Odenkirk of "Mr. Show" fame, if that helps to give you an idea of the type of off-beat comedy to expect here.

While I thought it got off to a good start, even with the expected overplayed prison stereotypes, I started losing interest towards the end. Even for a dark comedy, it just didn’t play out well for me once the underdog began to turn the tables on his tormentor. After the big prison-yard fight, it completely derailed as far as I was concerned.

But, as I mentioned before, comedies aren’t really my bag, so others may enjoy it nevertheless.

Film information: Let's Go To Prison

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