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From Happy Madison Productions comes a comedy with bite. In order to save his wildlife TV show from being cancelled, dim-witted host Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) and his half-baked crew of misfits have one last chance to turn the ratings around. Desperate to stay on the air, Peter hatches a plan to track down the most elusive beast on Earth -- Bigfoot. But when killer pygmies, frisky border guards and an amorous turkey threaten to cut their expedition short, the crew of Strange Wilderness will soon discover that nature is one bad mother.


Studio Paramount
SKU 207876187
UPC 097363518846
UPC 14 00097363518846
Format DVD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Zahn,Steve
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Cast & Crew
Adam Sandler - Executive Producer
Alan Au - Art Director
Allen Covert - Actor
Allen Covert - Producer
Ashley Scott - Actor
David Hennings - Cinematographer
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Fred Wolf - Writer
Fred Wolf - Director
Harry Hamlin - Actor
Jeff Garlin - Actor
Jeffrey Mossa - Art Director
Joe Don Baker - Actor
Jonah Hill - Actor
Justin Long - Actor
Kevin Heffernan - Actor
Perry Andelin Blake - Production Designer
Peter Dante - Actor
Peter Gaulke - Writer
Robert Patrick - Actor
Steve Zahn - Actor
Tom Costain - Editor
Waddy Wachtel - Original Music By
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Last and quite unforgettably seen as one of Rescue Dawn's tragic POWs, Steve Zahn returns to the jungle to headline this innocuously awful, February-dumped comedy in his trusty but musty persona of the happy-go-unlucky, half-stoned schemer. On a South American search for Bigfoot as a last-ditch effort to save their failing TV wildlife program, host Zahn and his even more incompetent crew--a who's who of slumming talent that includes Jonah Hill, Justin Long, Broken Lizard's Kevin Heffernan, and Ernest Borgnine(!)--smoke dope, joy-buzz each other's crotches, and wag their tongues at every skinny blonde or fake teat that passes their fratty gaze. Why former SNL writers Fred Wolf (who also directs) and Peter Gaulke would force such proven improvisers to stick to such drooling playground idiocy is a mystery not worth solving, as it concerns a script that smugly tries to squeeze a dozen rapid-fire punch lines out of a guy named Dick. (Alternatively, how can you screw up MST3K-style voice-overs of old nature-show footage with this cast?) No snob to low-brow ridiculousness when it's actually unexpected, I'll admit to being amused exactly once, when Zahn gets deep-throated by a gigantic prop turkey who, despite the mouthful, keeps on flapping.
Reviewer Aaron Hillis
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Sloppy, choppy, and indifferently assembled, Strange Wilderness is slapdash even by the relaxed standards of its executive producer, Adam Sandler. But thanks to the unbridled verve of the cast--which also includes ringers like Joe Don Baker, Robert Patrick, and 91-year-old Ernest Borgnine, who seems a little too comfortable making bong jokes--it's also just funny enough to make viewers wish it were a whole lot better. Written and directed by Saturday Night Live vets Fred Wolf and Peter Gaulke, Strange Wilderness has three bad comic ideas for every good joke, and it botches many of those, too, thanks to slack comic timing and a nonexistent grasp of storytelling basics. But just when the flop-sweat stench is about to become unbearable, Strange Wilderness stumbles upon an uproarious, laugh-out moment, and suddenly it's tolerable again for another few minutes...Playing the Sandler-esque man-child who learns to accept adult responsibility in order to meet a preposterous challenge, Zahn must save the wildlife television show he has run into the ground after taking it over two years prior from his late father. After network head Jeff Garlin gives him just two weeks to rescue the program from cancellation, Zahn comes across a map that will lead him to Bigfoot...With the possible exception of monkeys, there's no funnier creature on the planet than Sasquatch. But a potentially good gag is wasted by a clumsily executed payoff that's neither humorous nor remotely logical. Such is the case with Wolf's direction throughout Strange Wilderness, which squanders not just the impressive cast, but his and Gaulke's script. Only when Wolf stays out of the way of outsized personalities like Zahn and Hill does Strange Wilderness threaten to become the goofy little laugh-fest a more sure-footed director could have made.
Reviewer Steven Hyden
ReviewRating 5
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Product Attributes
Actor Zahn,Steve
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter ...[like] an old John Candy-Dan Aykroyd movie with bongs and more swearing.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian amazingly crass and chaotic stoner comedy, from which I emerged cheerfully giggling...

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