Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
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Larry The Cable Guy as Larry
David Koechner as Donnie
Michael Papajohn as Diner Manager
Phyllis Alexion as Old Woman in Diner
Tony Hale as Jack Dabbs
Thomas F. Wilson as Bart Tatlock
Iris Bahr as Amy Butlin
Eric Esteban as Sushi Chef Sakamoto
Brooke Dillman as Brenda
Joanna Cassidy as Lily Micelli
Rahman Kahn as Indian Restaurant Manager
Megyn Price as Jane Whitley
Arian Waring Ash as Lingerie Store Manager
Bruce Bruce as Big Shug
Tom Hillmann as Tad
Featurette: Behind The Badge
Widescreen and Fullscreen
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Running Time: 90 Minutes
The following is from the DVD cover:
"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.
I think you have to be a Larry the Cable Guy fan to enjoy this film. It will make you a lot more forgiving of its flaws. You also have to really be into poop and fart jokes to enjoy it because there are a lot of them. I'll admit that it was funny a couple of times, but they just kept coming and coming and coming. It was like any time they couldn't think of a good one liner, they resorted to a fart gag. It was a bit much.
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.