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The Polka King (2017)


The Polka King (2017)

I was not sure what to expect before watching this movie.  I initially scoffed and rolled my eyes when I first watched the trailer.  It looked goofy, but it also looked like Jack Black could pull off his polish character.  He can be funny when he wants to be.

The Polka King is based on a true story that details the rise and fall of Polka God, Jan Lewan.  He was a big polka star before he became a criminal.

The movie was written and directed by Maya Forbes and the noteworthy cast includes Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, J.B. Smoove, Jacki Weaver, Willie Garson, Vanessa Bayer, and Kati Salowsky

Unless you are a Polka Enthusiast, here is a true story that I am sure not very many people are aware of.  I know that I wasn’t.

This movie makes fun of itself and that is what I liked about it.  Jack Black’s botched Polish accent and awful haircut makes his character hilarious.  It quickly reminds you not to take it too seriously and just enjoy it for what it is.

Schwartzman and Smoove are both entertaining supporting characters in the film.

The movie was good, but not great.  It is one of the more entertaining Netflix Original movies.  Often, the Netflix Original TV shows are big cable network like quality, while Netflix Original movies have mostly fallen short.  Little, by little Netflix Original movies are improving and The Polka King is an example of that.

I used to wonder how Netflix could turn a profit with as much money as they spend on their original content.  As it turns out, they are billions of dollars in the hole.  They have seemed to follow the path of Walmart and Amazon.  They have operated at a loss for years with a plan to recoup the money overtime.  With all of the streaming competition, Netflix plans to have at least 50% original content within a few years.  That way, if you want to watch their shows, you will have to pay for it because you will not find them anywhere else.

The Polka King is a smart, yet very stupid comedy that you do not have to take too seriously.  The movie is just fun.  It is one of the best Netflix Original movies, though that is not saying much, at least at this point in time.

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

High Fidelity (2000)

Bernie (2011)

Naked (2017)

Envy (2004)

Borat: The Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

The Big Year (2011)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

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A Haunted House (2013)


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A Haunted House (2013)

I did not expect much from A Haunted House.  I decided to skip seeing the movie in the theatre.  I knew that it was not going to be the greatest, although I thought it might be at least good for a few laughs.  I was wrong, dead wrong.

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I figured the movie would be like Scary Movie (2000) or any of its 4 sequels.  Why shouldn’t it be?  It is a spoof movie like those movies.  It was written by Marlon Wayans who also wrote all of those movies.  He also stars in those movies.  It is bound to be at least kind of funny like those movies, right?  I thought it would be and that is why I watched it.  I was sorely mistaken.  I can honestly say that A Haunted House was one of the worst movies that I have ever seen.  Not the worst, but certainly one of them.  That is saying a lot, because I have literally seen thousands of movies.

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The film is a spoof on Paranormal Activity (2007) and several other horror movies.  Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) asks his girlfriend (Essence Atkins) to move in with him.  As soon as she arrives, bad things start happening.  Paranormal events occur and the couple eventually starts to think that their house is haunted.

I am not lying when I tell you that I did not laugh once during the entire movie.  I knew that the movie would be raunchy and stupid, but it went way beyond that.  Instead of being raunchy humor and stupid humor, it was just stupid and sick.  Moments that were on the verge of being funny, fell flat because they were extremely unoriginal.

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The movie was written my Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez.  It was directed by Michael Tiddes.  The cast also includes Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Nick Swardson, Andrew Daly, Cedric the Entertainer, Affion Crockett, and J.B. Smoove.

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A Haunted House is a comedy without the laughs.  The movie is a complete waste of time and money.  My only hope is that I am able to spare you the torture of viewing this rancid piece of excrement.

I rate this movie a 1 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  RUN!  And don’t look back.

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