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Frat Pack Tribute Movie Review: Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show

Review by Kevin Crossman

Filmed in the fall of 2005, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland is finally hitting theatres and it's a great time at the movies. The concept is fairly simple: follow Vince Vaughn, his Hollywood friends, and four up-and-coming comedians as they travel by bus from L.A. to Chicago.

Along the way, we learn about the complicated backgrounds of the comedians, Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Sebastian Maniscalco, who make us laugh but also touch our hearts. The footage of Vaughn's variety show is entertaining and hilarious, but unfortunately we don't get to learn much about Vince, the man.

WWCS (as we mercifully will refer to the film with the longest title in decades) is more a road-trip movie than a concert film, though it does blend elements. The tour starts in Los Angeles, where Vince calls on Hollywood friends Jon Favreau and Justin Long to recreate a scene from Swingers, to hilarious effect. Vince's pals Peter Billingsley (The Break-Up), Keir O'Donnell (Wedding Crashers), and Dwight Yoakam (Wedding Crashers) also join Vince on-stage at various points on the tour. There's a particularly memorable segment where Long pranks Billingsley (also a co-producer on the film) in the middle of the night on the bus. It's this kind of documentary-style footage that's a treat for viewers who want to learn more about their favorite stars.

As the tour progresses, we learn more about the young comedians who are the featured performers on Vince's variety tour:

The editing of the film is crisp and well put together. The "human interest" pieces that are fairly well done and somewhat compelling but ultimately don't transcend the comedy material. Also, there's not a lot of focus on the nominal star of this production, Vince Vaughn. As a fan of Madonna's similar film, Truth or Dare, I kept hoping to see Jennifer Aniston pop up somewhere to give us some insight into Vince's heart or mind. Instead we're left with the impression we always have of Vince: funny guy, loyal to his friends. It's a fine view, and WWCS is a hoot, but we're ultimately left wanting more.

****

Vince Vaughn and Keir O'Donnell

 

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