Television based movies are always interesting to see because they try to capture the spirit of the show and yet add something bigger to it. Sometimes these movies nail it (like the first SpongeBob movie) and sometimes they really lose their direction (entourage the movie). It’s all about making sure to find that balance Hollywood looks for to capitalize on while keeping the fans happy. So tonight, a movie I never thought would exist.. actually exists and the result is could be a disaster depending on the way they take it. What’s the verdict? Robbie K sharing his opinions as he reviews:
Movie: Impractical Jokers: The Movie (2020)
- Great Opening
- Feels Like A Big Episode
- Super creative Pranks
- Funny And Entertaining
- Story Themed Drive To Pranks
- Good Pace
- A Little Forced Humor In the Branching Scenes
- Just A Big Version Of The Show
Impractical Jokers is a show that is all about embarrassing skits and seldom anything else. Somehow, the movie manages to find that big budget intervention, with a filler to tie all the skits together and give a little meaning behind all of it. The opening of the tale is the best filler for me, a giant point at how ridiculous guys are and seeing them “in their youth” is a hilarious opening to all the chaos to come. Though not the “traditional” style to an episode, much of this film feels like a giant shout out to the show filled with the same energy, running gags, and even history that long-time followers love. Thus, if you like that theme then you are going to really love this movie. The Impractical Jokers have come up with their same bag of tricks, that are still super creative, super uncomfortable, and in many instances super funny. My friends and I were laughing at the various exploits they did, with plenty of live punking and forcing people outside their comfort zones. It’s all in the name of competition, that makes the whole action fun, but only if you are willing to see these too far jokes to fruition will enjoy the adventure. Those who again are long followers of the series will appreciate the side pranks as I call them, designed to make the cast uncomfortable and show off the fears of the cast. It’s a nice way to go character developing in a series you expect none in and thus helps bring you closer to the cast. As such, the movie is certainly a rip-roaring adventure that might be stupid to many, but very entertaining if a fan of the series, all moving at a good pace, and having a little bit of story.
Yet there are a few things about this movie that take a little away for me. One is the forced humor in the branching scenes. When you see the story moments come in, there are great running gags that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially what will Murr do next. Yet, there are other times where the dialogue is super forced, a bit cheesy, and just out of their creative flow that I thoroughly enjoy. If you don’t mind a little forced humor, drawn out sequences, and an ending that really drops into forced “reality” like humor which may not be your bread and butter. As such, these were the weakest moments for me. The other dislike, which is also a strength, is that this is just one, big, glorified episode. While this is great, and there are moments to help add that movie spice, much of this film could have been reserved for a made for television movie. No major special effects, or overarching plot to offset the gimmicks my friends, and thus it makes seeing this in the theater difficult to promote.
Did the Impractical Jokers need to make a movie? The answer is no, but this film accomplishes the task of keeping to the roots and adding just enough movie spice to say it’s a movie. I had a blast watching this film, laughing at the skits, chuckling with my friends, and getting to see more to the four boys who look like adults get into trouble. The big screen makes the theatrics fun, and the fillers help add that movie edge and slightly character homage to help tie all the shenanigans together. It’s truly a group viewing movie and you should enjoy the heck out of it if you are a fan of the film. Yet, the movie is not really that original, a giant, glorified episode with a few introductions that make it feel more like a movie. As such, does it need to be experienced in theater? Yes, if you are looking for a group outing, but otherwise save this for a watch at home where you can laugh at the cruelty in your own privacy.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 6.5