|Delta Farce (2007)
Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls, Danny
Trejo, Keith David
Director: C.B. Harding
My God, I wish I knew what I was getting into when I requested to review this DVD. I had no idea who was in it -- it was just a blind pick. From the title it sounded like it’d be something silly along the lines of “Hot Shots!” or any other flick of that type. Little did I know it was the latest disaster starring Larry the Cable Guy. I was even more surprised to find out that this little number had actually been released theatrically, as it reeks of straight to video from the top down.
The premise is as follows: Larry, Bill and Everett (DJ Qualls) are all in the military reserves. This means they get together at a base once a month and goof off drinking beer and shooting guns. However, when there is a lack of troops to send over to Iraq, these reserves are tapped and the three soon find themselves in the U.S. Army to be shipped overseas. A typical “hilarious” montage of the trio in boot camp ensues. Suffice it to say that none of it is funny. After that, our losers find themselves on a plane headed toward Iraq. They wind up sleeping in a jeep back in the cargo bay. When the plane encounters problems, the cargo has to be dropped, so out goes the jeep along with its passengers (dead asleep, no less) and winds up landing in Mexico.
Well, you can tell where this is already headed. Of course, everyone assumes they are in Iraq when they awaken, and 75 more minutes of terrible comedy is played out. I know you’re asking yourself, “Jason, does Larry say his most hilarious phrase?” Well, I’m glad to let you know that he indeed says “All right ladies, let’s git-r-done” to his pals very early on in the movie. You’ll sure to be soiling yourself with much laughter and will probably even be replaying the scene over and over, as no one ever gets enough of that catchphrase.
“Delta Farce” is indeed the lowest common denominator when it comes to comedy. If you like jokes about guys accidentally drinking canteens filled with piss, almost eating food that has tobacco spit in it, and Larry never getting the Army’s slogan correct, but always using one of the other armed forces’ taglines instead, then you’ll be sure to have a big heapin’ helpin’ of outright belly laughs and guffaws galore. One almost feels sorry for Bill Engvall having been stuck in this carcass of a film. He actually managed to elicit the single laugh I encountered while watching this flick. Yes, one little laugh escaped from yours truly’s lips while attempting to sit through this feature (alas, it had to be done on two separate days as it was ungodly mind-numbing to sit through all at once).
There are also bad Mexican stereotype jokes, bad gay stereotype jokes, bad fat people jokes, bad Iraqi jokes…just plain bad jokes all around. By this point in time (well, actually long before this point), Larry the Cable Guy’s routine has dried up and floated away. I never saw his other movie, but I’m sure it’s just as bad as this one. Seriously, how can you take that guy, put him in a movie, and expect it to be funny? No one ever suggested they do that to “Hee-Haw,” did they? Of course not. But “Delta Farce” is pretty much what that would be, minus the songs and actual talent of Roy Clark. No, instead you’re stuck with Larry getting his one-note joke out of the ways fast and then trying to be remotely funny the rest of the time.
It’s hard to imagine even his fans finding this funny. This is another one of those lame movies that makes one scratch their head quizzically, wondering how or why the thing was ever made in the first place. Did someone seriously say, “Hey! Larry’s movie fans have at least jumped by 5 people now, so let’s make another flick featuring him in the lead?” At best, this thing should have been a mid-summer TV movie, where there may have been a slim chance of someone watching it and liking it. Although, with Jeff Foxworthy’s “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” dominating the cornpone market, it may have struggled even then. Just a couple of points to remember here. First, don’t waste your time with this movie. Second, Larry the Cable Guy is not and has never been and never will be funny. The sooner everyone realizes this, the faster his movie career with go away.