lighten_up_already2 | Kirkland, WA USA | 05/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie in the Seattle area at a theater where Steve Smith (Red Green) was making a personal appearance. As he autographed my duct tape, I told him that the movie exceeded all my expectations. He said "thanks for lowering them."I also promised him that I'd write a review on Amazon.com, and I've been waiting for this DVD to become available on Amazon.com in the US...Anyway, this is a movie so don't expect it to have the "look and feel" of the series. After all, it's not 90 minutes of short, mostly unrelated skits. It has a slower pace, but most all of your favorite characters from the show are here, and there's a lot of that Red Green humor. Some people gripe that this movie is a "road trip" and not a story shot at "Possum Lodge". Don't worry, it's not a very long road trip.Finally, what really exceeded my expectations was some geniune character development for Red Green and Harold. You'll learn something about their past together, and why they are the way they are. You'll also see some fantastic duct tape creations toward the end, but I won't spoil the whole ending for you.If you've never seen the series, you probably should watch a few episodes of it before deciding on whether or not to buy this DVD. However, if you're already a Red Green fan, I cannot see how you would regret buying this movie. Considering the bonus features included, this should be a no-brainer.So, put on a plaid flannel shirt, throw a log on the fire, grab some snacks (nothing too healthy), crank up the DVD player, lower your expectations, and laugh your head off."
Duct Taped Comedy
Roger Kennedy | 01/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who likes the Red Green Show should take to this movie like duck to water. I admit, I found it a little odd seeing the gang in a movie for the first time. Those who are use to the show's format will have to adjust in order to appreciate the movie. I know with me the first time I viewed it I was not thrilled. But a subsequnt viewing made me enjoy it a lot more. I think Red Green is kinda like that. When you first view it you kind of dismiss it, but something draws you back none the less, and then it gradually grows on you like a fungus! Give this movie a chance to do the same thing. True, its a little silly and sentimantal, perhaps more so than the Show for sure, but that's the why movies are these days. Red and his characters actually have to sustain some longer scenes, and the production value is deffinitely better than what we are accustomed to on the show. Harold seems to be the main character who gets to evolve, just a little bit, and he gets his first kiss with the female cop which was a bit hooky, but thats the movies! I wonder if they have sheriffs in Canada? Thought it might be Constables more on the English model. Was not sure on that point, but one really should not ask these kinds of questions with Red Green! An added feature are the behind the scenes notes on the making of the movie where many amusing interviews of the charaters are shown. This could be a real plus for the viewer even more than the movie perhaps. Overall, Red Green fans should enjoy it. This is the kind of film with a built in audience. I would recommend first time viewers to see some of the shows before checking out the movie. That way they can understand the strange way that Red Green works. Otherwise, sit back, lower your standards and enjoy!"
A must-have for any Red Green fan!
Kurt A. Johnson | North-Central Illinois, USA | 03/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Suddenly, Red Green (played by Steve Smith) finds himself in a real bind, and this one not of his making. When an unscrupulous businessman sues Possum Lodge for $10,000, Red has ten days to come up with the money. Taking his nephew Harold's advice (yes, believe it or not), Red sets out for Minnesota, hoping to win the $10,000 third-place prize in the Duct Tape Contest. But, there's a lot in Red & Harold's way: a crooked cop, the businessman and his army, and...well...each other. Can they save Possum Lodge? No problem, eh?This 91-minute movie, released in 2001, is based on the hit Canadian comedy show The New Red Green Show. Changing the format from the show, this movie puts Red and Harold on the road, facing numerous adventures in the real world. (If you can call that the real world!) This is a fun adventure, stretching the already wonderful characters - a must-have for any Red Green fan!"
Didn't meet my standards
Illusionaire | Portland, OR United States | 09/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge fan of the TV show, and almost any episode leaves my sides hurting from laughing so hard. The movie, while funny, at best elicited chuckles from me. Some of the writing was clever, but the story just didn't reach the high standards set by years of the show. The magnetism between Deputy Dawn and Harold should have been developed better, and why bother with the flashback sequence? I would have loved to see them make more of regular minor characters like Winston Rothschild III instead of wasting time on less-developed characters like the Sheriff. Red could have challenged the Rich City Guy to a winner-take-all word challenge, or set up an "out-innovate your opponent" contest. The duct-tape sculpture contest device was a bit weak. Maybe there's just a point you reach where it's just too late to make a movie spin-off of a project. I'd actually rate the DVD extras as much more valuable than the movie itself. They give a lot of insight into the show, the creative forces behind it, and the amazingly talented guys who make up the cast. I'm just disappointed that the movie had great material to work with and didn't live up to its potential. Buy it for the extras, not the movie."
A funny show that made a GOOD movie !
azarule | California, USA | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a well-documented fact that a television series cannot be turned into a movie, even though some bonehead exec will occasionally forget and make one.Well, that must only be true in America because the cast and crew of the Red Green Show have made a really funny little movie. While your average television conversion picture is obsessed with making everything bigger and better, the gang at Possum Lodge really know their strengths and play to them. They are entering a Duct-Tape goose into a contest by the manufacturer in order to save the lodge from a developer who wants to destroy it for his mother. Embodying the spirit of the Possum Lodge, they're shooting for third place. With their massive symbol of the Canadian lifestyle, our guys are a shoe-in for third......but the evil developer has hired the sheriff and his deputy to stop Red and Harold from getting to the contest. Wacky hijinks ensue (Really, this is not sarcasm. It's freakin' hilarious hijinks). The DVD has a small but well-picked selection of special features that will be entertaining to any fan of the show (Which you probably will be after this movie). The actors' stories and opinions are actually interesting, as opposed to some others I could mention. And they don't display the cultivated obsequiousness which marks so many actors from our country. Buy this movie ! ;-)"