Welcome to the slammer in this no-holds-barred, outrageous comedy! When white-collar Nelson Biederman IV (Will Arnett) winds up in the state pen with mischievous cellmate John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard), all hell breaks loose... more ». From toilet wine to big-house beatdowns, it's a side-splitting comedy that could only happen in the clink!« less
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 12/8/2016...
How to make going to prison fun? Put Will Arnett there along with help from Dax Shepard! Then throw in Chi McBride as a "suitor" for Arnett's character and you have insanity along with some scary activities like making toilet wine and fights among the inmates.
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Gina L. (ginarae3) from ANN ARBOR, MI Reviewed on 4/8/2008...
not nearly as funny as it should have been.
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Actually quite funny!
Melian Daily | Ohio, USA | 01/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw the barely-advertised trailers for this movie I thought it looked beyond idiotic and unoriginal. I mean, how many comedies can you make about being in prison that don't cross-reference the same jokes (i.e. prison rape, prison gangs, prison fights, sociopathic warden, etc.)? I didn't get around to seeing it until it was on DVD and I only gave it that chance because my best friend saw it and told me it greatly amused him.
The final verdict: dry, quirky, and slow-paced humor isn't for everyone, but those who can appreciate comedic build-up and a unique twist ending would REALLY enjoy this. Amidst the negative reviews I was happy to see there were others like me who "get it" as in it's not really meant to be a laugh-out-loud riotfest but more like... Napoleon Dynamite. Subtle & slow yet obviously funny because it's ridiculous (which is so much harder to accomplish well and I think both films do so wonderfully).
The three principle actors worked really well together. You come to like them all better as the film progresses, which was cool because at first all you see is an immature jerk, a spoiled prissy brat, and an overpowering man-buying love-fearing rapist. Dax's character has a certain cruel charm but it was Chi & Will (a.k.a. Barry and Lil' Pisces) who stole the show. Every scene with those two was just nailed, I wished there were more.
If you liked Will Arnett in Blades of Glory, I think he's infinitely better in this movie! Just give it a chance!"
Humorous but not hilarious
AIROLF | USA | 04/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This light comedy manages to draw on some harsh reality of prison while still being immensely funny and entertaining. Parts of it are quite funny, whereas other parts are complete of silly humour. All in all, a nice DVD rental."
J. L. McCardle | Houston, TX | 12/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this movie is very entertaining, and am suprised it didn't do better at the box office. Very well done!"
Good enough to see once.
Edward D. Coe | Seattle, WA | 02/01/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this was funny. It's not knee slapping hilarious. It doesn't make you think about the larger context, and the plot is pretty inane. However, if you like quirky comedies, like Arrested Development or any Will Farrell movie, this is for you. If for nothing else, I'd watch this movie for Chi McBride's character. Nothing makes a prison movie funnier than a giant gay black man that sounds like Barry White. In McBride's own words, "Prepare to be Woo-ed.""