SWEARNET (Warren P. Sonoda). 112 minutes. Opens Friday (August 29). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: N
Swearnet represents the second time the Trailer Park Boys (Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith) have attempted a project in which they don't play those characters. Unfortunately, it's just as ill-conceived as their horrible sketch comedy series, The Drunk And On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour.
The trio star as themselves, struggling to earn a living outside their franchise by launching a web series called Swearnet. There's lots of profanity, dangling male genitalia and consumption of a vast array of illegal substances - all in a desperate attempt for laughs that never come. The filth of Trailer Park Boys remains, but without likeable characters, a recognizable community or even the suggestion of emotion, it all feels empty.
Wells, Tremblay and Smith are decent actors who can improvise potty humour with ease. The trouble is that they aren't really writers, and clearly need the series's Mike Clattenberg to provide a world and structure for their jokes to fly.
Swearnet is a lazy collection of half-baked ideas performed to little purpose by fully baked actors. Their shtick feels tired, and they even resort to Carrot Top stunt casting, which is embarrassing. The person who fares best is Tom Green, playing himself and whipping up a hefty dose of meta-comedy mocking the fact that he's even in the movie.
It's a shame he isn't the Canadian cult comedy icon who can get a film financed these days.