VINCE VAUGHN’S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW Directed by Ari Sandel. 115 minutes. Opens Friday (February 8). Rating: NNN
This often funny, occasionally touching standup-comedy-cum-travelling-roadshow doc is saddled with an ungainly title that ultimately promises more than the film can deliver.
Specifically, if you stick Hollywood frat boy Vince Vaughn and four foul-mouthed alpha male comics hungry for fame and fortune on a tour bus for 30 days, you’d expect things to be a whole lot wilder than this.
Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco all have distinctive styles that add up to a nice balance and a lot of laughs – Caparulo’s cranky hick shtick steals many a show.
But there’s surprisingly little creative tension behind the scenes. In fact, it takes a lame practical joke played on Vaughn’s producer pal Peter Billingsley (yes, A Christmas Story’s Ralphie all growed up) to get a rise out of anybody.
Which is too bad, because jokes aside, the backstage scenes are also the most insightful.
See interview with VINCE VAUGHN’S WILD WEST COMEDY SHOW star Ahmed Ahmed here.