Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

1 out of 5 stars
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

A group of fun-lovin', hard-partyin' college students heads deep into the woods for a Memorial Day weekend fiesta. It's the exact same spot where some psychotic locals massacred a half-dozen wild and crazy teenagers decades ago. Will these kids be the next victims? And just who are those two good ol' boys who keep giving them the evil eye?

That'd be Tucker (Tudyk) and Dale (Labine), a dim-witted duo who are the furthest thing from machete-wielding nutjobs---a fact that doesn't stop the paranoid vacationers from assuming the worst once their pretty blond friend (30 Rock's Bowden) goes missing. The more these kindhearted Hee Haw rejects try to prove they're just misunderstood, the bigger the body count gets as the kids inadvertently (and gruesomely) end up skewering themselves on sharp objects, jumping into wood chippers, etc.

You can see what actor-director Eli Craig is going for: a gory parody of every backwoods-slasher flick combined with a sort of Hillbilly & Ted's Excellent Adventure farce. Which only means that this wanna-be attempt at splatter comedy fails on two fronts instead of one, as it's neither particularly funny in its desperate rural dumbness, nor is it much of a genre piss-take. Worse, the film's comic team has zero chemistry, reducing the usually hilarious Tudyk and this year's chubby-doofus model, Labine, to manic second bananas in their own film. The "bumpkins are people too" message will certainly please the Appalachian Anti-Defamation League; midnight-movie fans, however, will recognize that this mess misses the mark by a country mile.

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