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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (movie review)

Besides being an entertaining film in its own right, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is an excellent “it’s kinda like [insert movie title here]” movie, because you can insert five different movie titles in the blank.

In its way, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil brings to mind Shaun of the Dead in terms of its comedy style, but you also can’t help but think of the movie as a parody of those classic “sexy teens in the woods” movies like Friday the 13th while at the same time recalling Tucker & Dale’s Scream-like twist on the plot.

The flick stars Katrina Bowden (who played Cerie on 30 Rock), Tyler Labine (The scientist from the lab who gets sick and dies in Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Tudyk (who’s been in tons of stuff I’ve seen, but I can’t seem to actually recall his role in those flicks) in the title roles and Jesse Moss (who’s been in a ton of TV, voice acting and other stuff that I’m not familiar with – he kinda looks like Corey Feldman) as the antagonist. They all perform their roles perfectly – they may not be the most amazing characters in movie history, but they serve their purpose in the movie. This is the sort of thing you can do when you have good actors and a director like Eli Craig (who also has the sole story credit and a shared screenplay credit); these people all work together very well to make sure the audience likes the characters they’re supposed to like and hate the characters they’re supposed to hate. The other characters (the other sexy teens, the cop) are kinda useless, but they’re just cannon fodder, anyway, and the screenplay treats them as such.

It might not be the tightest film in the world, but Tucker & Dale vs. Evil has plenty of laughs, gore (both practical and some digital stuff), and most importantly, in a movie that depends on you liking the characters, this flick has plenty of heart. This, more than any other reason, is why the film succeeds, even if it’s not exactly a triumph for the ages. I’m giving Tucker & Dale vs. Evil an 8.5 out of 10 – it’s a must see for fans of the genre and I think most people would enjoy it as well – give it a chance, it’s streaming on netflix!

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on October 17, 2014, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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