A Night at the Roxbury/D,B+

Paramount/1998/81m/WS 1.85

       There are days when I feel I checked my brain at the door. After watching A Night at the Roxbury I am convinced that I forget the claim check one evening. Of course, that should mean that I feel right at home with the Butabi brothers in this messy comedy set in Los Angeles.


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Making the disco scene.©Paramount

      Big Steve and little Doug Butabi set a new standard for stupidity. These fellow travelers of the dance club set mug their way through every situation taking physical comedy to a new low. Outcasts with a knack for finding the wrong expression in almost every situation, the brothers work in poppa's plastic plant shop, a popular stopover for Angelinos hoping to stop the ravages of age. While the brothers dream of designing their own club, Steve is hotly pursued as a mate by Emily, the sexually hungry daughter of the lighting shop adjacent to the Butabi's store. The pressure to find acceptance in a plastic world even causes a rift between Steve and Doug and before you can Butabi, a wedding ceremony is underway. But it's the club scene that is most important to A Night at the Roxbury and that's where the brothers find their dreams.
     Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell are the brothers Butabi. Another pair of refugees from Saturday Night Live hoping to make it big in the movies, their turn in A Night at the Roxbury may not even appeal to fans. The supporting cast does what they have to do to get their pay checks. Dan Hedaya barks at his boys like a watch dog chained too tightly to prevent the crime. Loni Anderson does little more than blend in with the plastic plants and permanent silk flowers. Molly Shannon actually has some very good moments as the neighbor who has sexual desire for Steve overpowers almost everything in her way. Chazz Palminteri goes unaccredited as a night club owner inspired by the lunacy of the brothers who becomes a Fluffy Whip addict. Richard Grieco plays Richard Grieco for some reason I cannot fathom. Someone must have thought it was funny.
     Plastic is as plastic does or some such saying should apply to this excellent DVD transfer of A Night at the Roxbury. The colors are a punchy concoction that look like they were created in the back room of the Butabi silk flower shop. Background details are well defined and there are no annoying artifacts beyond the comic material. The sound track is a no-brainer, pounding with a bass beat that rocks. The surrounds are aggressive on this Dolby Digital 5:1 mix.

































































































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