Dull Dweebs: Our Review of ‘Nerdland’ on Blu-Ray

Posted in Blu-Ray/DVD, Movies by - April 25, 2017
Dull Dweebs: Our Review of ‘Nerdland’ on Blu-Ray

The worst thing that you can ever try to do is force the funny.  While the comedic pedigree in Nerdland is undeniable this is yet another middle of the pack adult themed animated comedy that is filled to the brim with lazy jokes and bits that are only funny if you are stoned.

In the city of dreams (where many also die); Los Angeles we meet aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and wannabe screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) who came to town with dreams of superstardom but their slacker lifestyle caused those dreams to fizzle just as fast.  With them both knocking on the big 3 0, they are starting to get a little desperate.  They ultimately decide that in this 24/7 meat grinder that is popular culture why wait for fame, when you can reach out and grab it at any time.  So John and Elliot set out to troll the streets of LA in hopes of grabbing attention anyway that they can, provided that potential public shame and looming infamy is something that they can even survive.

With its trashy animation style and slacker/stoner comedy riffing, there is an audience for Nerdland to be sure but it’s way too laisse faire in all aspects with a mediocre script and an animation style that just plays much flatter then it probably things it does.

Director Chris Prynoski has a solid enough background in animation but there’s nothing that is all that visually engaging about this film.  From start to finish it’s just a very dirty affair and ends up as surprisingly flat all around.  The script by Andrew Kevin Walker; the brains behind Se7en just feels out of its depth as the comedy is forced, corny and at best only occasionally amusing.  I’ll grant that it makes for an interesting experiment, taking this angular what I suspect would be hand drawn animation style into a gonzo comedy setting…but that requires it to actually be funny.

Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt anchor this affair as the likes of Hannibal Buress, Kate Micucci and Mike Judge all try to chime in but so much of this project just felt like a vanity affair that never gets off the ground and only they find funny.

The picture and sound quality are good enough and there are no special features.

At the end of the day, Nerdland only plays well if you are an animation fanatic; otherwise it’s just a waste of time from beginning to end.

Nerdland [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)

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