Impractical Jokers has been a favourite show of mine for years. I’ve been watching it since season 2 I believe, and man this show cracks me up! The movie however, did not. There is a plot in this film that the boys are trying to get concert tickets to see Paula Abdul. However, she only gives them 3 tickets! So they decide to do pranks to decide who gets to keep the tickets. The film splits about 50% story and acting versus 50% pranks.
This film was a difficult one because half of the time the pranks are on point. The cameras are in great positions, and the people they choose work and are usually hilarious. But the whole acting thing was an odd choice. Especially for 50% of the film to be scripted. I am very interested to find out why that happened.
This film should’ve wiped that 45min of what they like to call plot and put it into their gags. I really wanted to love this movie and I left so disappointed. I didn’t enjoy the guys becoming more characters of themselves. Joe felt creepy, I don’t even know what the hell was up with Murr and his nighttime fun, but the guys didn’t do anything beneficial in my opinion or even really overly funny. I wanted some of their tricks and gags times a million since it’s a film. For something like this, I actually would’ve liked to see less plot (or no plot at all).
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Joe, Murr, Q, and Sal can act. I watch them do it every time I watch their show. So how come the acting parts in this film felt so forced and awkward? These guys interact with random people daily and keep a conversation, but their scripted acting could really use some work. This is getting a half spilled review from me because I did see some awesome acting in this film! It just wasn’t in the parts that were scripted.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
The sound design for this film was lazy. It was just the exact same as the show. Now normally I wouldn’t call that lazy, as I actually love when tv shows turned into films don’t try to change too much - but the fact that they were trying to do a whole side story line that they scripted and acted leads me to ask why not make more memorable sound design?
The film imitates the show. There’s no real special effects aside from graphics and name tags. They were good and definitely followed the theme of the show and their characters/selves.
"Does Anyone Know Who Shot J.R?"
Genre: Comedy. Comedy.
It really hurts my heart to have to say this is a half review from me. I’m so far from this film I honestly hope I never see it again. I would totally recommend giving their prank sections of the film a try cause they are hilarious and I definitely laughed hard. But the script and acting with the storyline just all felt too out of place and forced. Sorry, but the script is just something I really couldn’t get behind.