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“In his feature film debut, Larry the Cable Guy brings a truckload of one-liners to his role as big-city health inspector, happily going from greasy spoon diners to low-rent ethnic restaurants. But his easy-going life gets turned upside-down when he’s teamed with a stiff, straight-laced rookie partner (Iris Bahr) and assigned the biggest case of his career: investigating food poisoning at the city’s swankiest restaurants. While running up against a hardnosed boss (Tom Wilson) and the shady Mayor (Joe Pantoliano) and an unscrupulous restaurant owner (Joanna Cassidy), his bad manners and unorthodox methods cost him his job. Larry is forced to go undercover to bring the conspirators to justice and “Git-R-Done!””
“Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language.
Larry is funny, but he’s best taken in small doses. His redneck routine is pretty good, but he’s required to carry the entire film almost by himself and it doesn’t work. There are only so many redneck jokes you can laugh at before they are worn out. I think that’s why Larry would work better in an ensemble cast like he did on “Cars.” He’s best when he steps in the spotlight, delivers his gag, then steps back out again. Unfortunately, the great supporting cast which include David (“Anchorman”) Koechner, Tony (“Arrested Development”) Hale, Thomas F. (“Back to the Future”) Wilson, and others aren’t given much to do.
Despite a lame plot, weak supporting cast performances, and juvenile humor, the film did have a few humorous moments. There’s an ongoing gag about Larry and his junked out truck. After it’s recovered from being stolen, a guy tells Larry he’s sorry that the thieves trashed the truck. Larry’s upset until he sees it’s in ‘perfect’ condition and declares it a miracle from God. Another funny scene is a cooking contest at the end featuring “Leave It to Beaver”‘s Jerry Mathers as a rather uninterested judge. Some of the commentary in the contest is pretty funny, too.
There’s one bonus feature included on the DVD. It’s a ‘making of’ featurette with your usual cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and love fest where the stars praise each other.
If you’re a big fan of Larry the Cable Guy or if you enjoy lowbrow comedies, then this DVD is for you. Otherwise pass on it.