1 1/2 Stars
Who says comedy is easy?
When you have the ability to make fun of stroke victims, homosexuals, incest, people with artificial limbs and cows, funny just comes naturally, right?
Wrong, and in the newest bummer produced, but not directed by those darn Farrelly Brothers, funny only comes few and far between.
Director J.B. Rogers, who has filled the role of assistant director for the brothers' past successes ("Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary"), should have followed the other golden rule often learned during the childhood years: If you can't do something right, don't do it at all.
The setup had Springer promise. Boy meets girl, has sex with girl, finds out she's his sister. She flies the coop and finds another rich, nonrelative boyfriend, he gets branded the "sister banger," and then he finds out they weren't related at all.
"Say" has the look and many of the same actors of the other far more amusing Farrelly Brothers films, but its leads and propensity to sell a joke for way too long make watching the film a chore rather than a joy.
Chris Klein plays Gilly Noble, a charactor that seems to have worse luck than Joseph Forte during a tournament game. But while Forte has proven that he can play at his whim, Klein really doesn't seem like a funny guy. Wooden, yes, but funny, no. Common movie knowledge would require a mildly funny actress to lead Klein along by his nonfunny leash. Who else do they get but Heather "Really, I'm Smart in Real Life" Graham? Right.
A so-so cast can usually be bolstered by a hilarious script with memorable jokes (i.e. Klein's own "American Pie"), but Mr. Rogers couldn't even luck out in that department either. Every comedic moment is stretched to such gratuitous lengths that the punch line seems to come out of nowhere. It doesn't help that every possible minority is poked fun at in some way. Cow lovers beware.
But, hey, all was not wasted when you have Sally Field playing white trash with an overacting zeal. Most probably won't REALLY like her, but her inclusion itself does induce chuckles. The same goes for 7UP guy Orlando Jones, who plays a drifter who can't seem to hold on to his artificial limbs.
Rogers has room to celebrate though. "Say" seems to have notched him his next prime directing gig, "American Pie 2."
Hopefully, that venture will not be the pie in the face of good comedy that made "Say" so rotten.
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