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RENO 911! MIAMI Is Screening! One Spy Weighs In!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I know that MySpace hosted one of their multi-city Black Carpet screenings earlier tonight for RENO 911! MIAMI, and I expect we'll get quite a few reactions sent to us. I liked this first one, though:

Hey Moriarty, Never done this before, so I'll send this to you and to Harry. If it's useful but there's someone else to whom I should send it, please let me know. Just got back from a screening of the Reno 911 movie at the Fox studio lot... Thought I'd give you guys a few quick thoughts before I drop off to sleep. I should make it clear first that I am at best a casual fan of the T.V. show. I've watched it from time to time, but usually just little segments that my Tivo picks up when it's taping episodes of the Daily Show. I was a big fan of "The State" back in the day, so I guess I was probably pre-disposed to enjoy this movie. That said, it's incredibly funny; the laughs are pretty frontloaded to the first half of the movie, but it's short and enjoyable throughout. The setup is mercifully brief: each of the characters gets a short and effective introduction for the benefit of the unititiated. Within a few minutes the story moves from Reno to Miami and, shortly thereafter, hilarity (and wackiness!) begins to ensue. There are some very clever scenes early on that play on the twisted (and fairly complicated) relationships between each of the members of the cast. This is where both the T.V. show and the film shine. The broad physical comedy, the exaggerated sex jokes that take advantage of the "R" rating....they're all here. It's all a little hit and miss, but the interaction between each of the members of the Reno police department is golden. The biggest laughs in the movie come from the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) exchanges between the core cast members who've been working together for several years now. That may sound odd coming from a show that is usually anything but subtle, but that's what worked for me. The other thing that made this movie work for me was (were?) the excellent cameos. There are some really great moments here- especially from Paul Rudd, The Rock, and the "Stella" boys (David Wain, Michael Showalter, and Michael Ian Black). Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun, and it's pretty contagious; the movie is less than 90 minutes by my count (and it seemed to be over even quicker than that), but there aren't very many dead moments, and not more than a few jokes that fall flat. I won't spoil any of the gags in the movie (I'd have to be a real dick to ruin some of the better moments)... but there is more than enough here to make it worth your money. I would recommend not paying too much attention to the commercials for the film, as they come way too close to spoiling some of the best laughs. All told, I only have a few minor complaints: The first half is quite a bit funnier than the second half (although that's probably just because the first half is really incredibly funny). Also, the story is pretty throw-away. The ending is extremely predictable, and the whole thing is obviously designed just to allow for a fresh take on the T.V. show's schtick. If it didn't work so damn well, it would be a much larger problem. Since the writing is funny and sharp and the cast clicks so well together, it's not hard to over look some of these minor problems. The bottom line is that I went in not expecting much and I laughed much harder than I thought I would. I came away feeling like I might need to start watching the T.V. show more often. But we'll see. My tivo is overworked as it is. If you use this, call me Chess Piece Face.
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  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Plant!

    by BizarroJerry

    and First, too!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Plant or not, at least he sounds like he really saw it!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I like Reno 911.

    by DerLanghaarige

    So he could be right :)

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Bumface?

    by boyblue

    What kind of a name is that? Reno 911 is cool though!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    i'm down wit' the Reno

    by triplefive

    i remember the trailer playing to really big laughs before Borat a while back.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    saw this in phoenix

    by evilmasterfoo

    we had a q & a with junior, dangle and wiegel. they were totally awesome, improving the whole q & a as their characters and the audience played along. very funny movie, and maybe the rock's best role yet...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    THIS YEAR'S LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE!!! : MIAMI!

    by Err

    I loved this show on Comedy Central. It was continously funny and I always laugh when they take their eyes off the road and crash into something. CLASSIC!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    "and maybe The Rock's best role yet."

    by www.valiens.com

    priceless.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Spy Deathmatch: Boozi vs. Chess Piece Face

    by Darth Fabulous

    Who wins?

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    it's his best role

    by evilmasterfoo

    because it's blissfully short.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    COMEDY CENTRAL GOTTA EAT!!

    by followthsbeat

    And yes, I am a dick head!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    the rock plays

    by evilmasterfoo

    a rambo-like guy who rides in on a helicopter and plays with grenades like they're toys...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The Rock should play the gay singer form the Get Shorty

    by kinghenryVIII

    sequal in all his movies. That song and dance number was the funniest shit ever - AND - the only somewhat entertaining thing about that entire shit house movie.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I must reveal

    by BizarroJerry

    That that was my first "First" post, and it didn't really feel the way I expected it to feel. I mean, you build it up in your mind for so long, that when it actually happens, you can't help but be a little disappointed. Honestly, the board didn't seem all that excited afterwards, either. That makes me feel even worse about it. And I posted the message awkwardly and too quickly, I'm afraid. The more times you do it, the better it gets, I guess.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this...

    by Russman

    a co-worker of mine got to see a screening of it. I was jealous. And then I cried.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Loved Reno 911 from the start..

    by skimn

    ..hope this redeems Lennon and Garant's involvement with Night At The Museum, Lets Go To Prison, Herbie Fully Loaded, Pacifier, Taxi,etc.........how can such funny people be connected to such crapola? Wait...here it comes...I can't stop it.....911's gotta eat!! I'm so so sorry......

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Did AICN turn into Botanical Gardens?

    by George Newman

    I'm not one to often call plant, but geeeeeez! I like the illusion that the writer tries to create by inserting the self-questioning grammatical error "was(were?)" to suggest that he's an average joe reviewer who can make typos just like us. "I wasn't expecting much, but I was surprised, and I think I'll even start watching the show again. You should too." *thumbs up gesture*

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Chill out.

    by specialspecial

    I love it- anytime a guy likes a movie half the people in the room yell "PLANT!" To be honest, I really really didn't like Reno 911 on T.V. I didn't even want to go to the screening last night. A friend of a friend got me in and I thought, "what the hell...". How about this- the movie was funny, but if it came down to going to see it or staying home and watching reruns of "The Office", I'd still take The Office any day.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    and thanks mocky_puppet

    by specialspecial

    for getting the TMBG reference. You rock.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    PLANT'S GOTTA EAT!!!

    by screamster101

    Couldn't help it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd=quality.

    by TheRevengeOfBayouWilly

    Excepting for Friends, but hey, his kid's gotta go to college somehow. (Notice how I didn't say "PAUL RUDD GOTTA EAT"? Let's end that little trend, shall we?)

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I love Reno but I feel that this is a plant

    by George Newman

    It's not that I doubt Reno's funniness, its just that this was a obvious poor quality plant. I love Reno and I dont need a review to tell me to or not to see it.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    by FentonCrisp

    How is nobody posting about the fact that Mooninite Lite Brites shut down the city of Boston? Seriously, Harry. That's news.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    if he'd hated this would anybody be calling him a liar

    by slappy jones

    no. are you guys so determined to hate on pretty much everything that not one good review can be printed now without you calling the writer a plant? jesus christ you guys get more and more depressing by the day...let you in on a little secret....some people ..get this cos this will blow your mind but some people actually like things!!imagine that!!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, FentonCrisp is right!

    by funnyhat

    the mooninites shut down traffic all over boston. some ad agency placed LED pegboard mooninites all over the city and the bomb squads were sent to dismantle them, and they are charging the ad guys.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks slappy

    by specialspecial

    This is my first time posting a review on AintitCool, although I've been reading it for years...I'm starting to think it'd be better just to read it. I'm a grad student with a connection to a guy who works for Fox, so I can get in to some screenings. Maybe from now on I'll just keep it to myself. I mean, come on- if I was a plant would I be bothering to post and whine about some waste of space who cries "plant" every time someone sends in a positive review? I'm obviously just about as pathetic as everyone who frequents this damn site. And I'm damn proud of it. If I was a plant I'd either be busy fetching coffee for the guys what payed me off or I'd be off spending the $17.50 they gave me to post a phony review... maybe I could go buy George Newman some happy meals with that money. He seems a little sad...

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    And if the review is of poor quality...

    by specialspecial

    It's just because I'm a dumbass anyway (you don't have to be a plant to be a dumbass...). Oh yeah, and it was 2:00 in the morning and I still had an eight page paper due the next day... AND I was still a little giddy from my first time on the Fox lot- I parked my car right in front of the building where they do "How I Met Your Mother"! (I know it's a CBS show, go figure...). I took a leak in the same urinal where Doogie Howser takes his leaks. So sue me. Okay, I'm done now. You can all commence with the gay jokes now- I'll chuckle about them when I'm sleeping with my wife later tonight.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    the review is fine

    by BadMrWonka

    you're not a plant, all is right with the world. people are just dumbasses. <br><br>go have sex.

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Better than Borat?

    by ejcarter9

    God I hope so.

  • Feb. 2, 2007, midnight CST

    1)allright allright... 2) I'm not doubting the movie

    by George Newman

    if the reviewer actually uses the TBs then I guess he/she is legitimized. I merely attempted to point out what i would consider to be telltale signs of a plant reviewer attempting to be normal. Your review, specialspecial, just happened to actually be a normal review, with certain required cliches. Next time use Microsoft WORD or something, it has grammar/spell check, so that you don't waste space in the review acknowledging your mistakes.. . . I love you.