Day 167 – Employee of the Month – 2006

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Dane Cook vs Dax Shepard to win the employee of the month and win the love and affection of the new girl at work. It’s actually quite a funny film, considering it has both Dane and Dax in the title roles. Released in 2006 with fun reviews, it was quite successful and had a small cult following thanks to the jokes in the film.

Zack Bradley is the resident slacker at the local Super Club as a box packer. Vince Downey (Dax Shepard) is the store’s number one employee at the store thanks to his way with the woman and his skill on the checkout (him being the fastest). One day they both meet new girl Amy (Jessica Simpson) who’s both funny and beautiful. Zack learns she has high opinions of the employee of the month and makes it his mission to become just that with some hilarious consequences for the entire cast.

The film came out of nowhere back in 2006 and was a success across the cinematic world thanks to its down to earth approach on how a shop operates. The zany workers of the store and how they work against each other was a refreshing take on the supermarket comedy and also showcased the comedy delights of Dane Cook and Dax Shepard. Jessica Simpson also showed us she wasn’t just a singer and reality tv sucker with a fun self-comedy take on Amy and how she wasn’t just eye candy like her role in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Personally, this is Dane Cooks best work since he moved from comedy clubs to the big screen. I don’t count the cameo he had in the hilarious Waiting from 2005 starring Ryan Reynolds. The best thing about the entire film is how fluid the cast interact with each other. All three leads Cook, Shepard and Simpson work fantastically together and bring charm to their respective roles. The rest of the cast are also quite funny such as Tim Bageley as the store manager who is afraid of his older brother (dwarf Danny Woodburn) and Jorge (played by an unrecognisable Efren Ramirez who played Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite).

Overall the film is full of laughs, with some great comedic performances from both Dane Cook and Dax Shepard who actually is funny in this film. The plot is quite unique, being the employee of the month wins you the girl.

Should you watch it: YES

Day 165 – ChiPS – 2017

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Dax Shepard decides to remake a classic 70’s show and turn it into a comedy reboot starring himself in the lead. Mixing Michael Pena, Kristin Bell and Vincent D’Onofrio into the cast it was released in March 2017 to terrible reviews. Throwing out the highway drama for terrible gags and tame jokes the film flopped (for good reason).

Dax Shepard was fantastic in Employee of the Month with Dane Cook. Then he made this, tainting his comedic talents in a big way. Written and Directed by Shepard he plays former motocross champion Jon, who loses his sponsors to get a job with the California Highway Patrol. At the same time, Ponch (Michael Pena) is working undercover for the FBI and is tasked to find out the corruption of the California Highway Patrol. He meets the overenthusiastic Jon and they both go to find the problems as the CHiPS.

Usually, films containing Dax Shepard and Michael Pena are hilarious. This one was not. Mixing gross-out comedy with unsuitable gags and we have a recipe for disaster compared the fantastic trailer that the studio made. The film completely sucked. I went into this film thinking it was going to make me chuckle, however it did not. Unfortunately, the humour is timed to a degree where it tries to be overly funny but always falls flat. The other problem is the plot.

The main characters seem to fall into situations of where they come out on top, but in harsh reality, they would have been killed or severely injured. The risks that Dax Shepard puts them through it terrible. He tried to run off the steam gained from the other TV show remakes such as 21 Jump Street and Starsky and Hutch and create his own adaptation. Unfortunately, he sucks at it, like his last film endeavour 2012’s Hit and Run also starring his wife Kristin Bell. Like that film, his character was a former extreme sports star on the run. I think he has tried to create fun and caused chaos with it. Poor Warner Brothers.

The film clearly has identity issues. One minute it is a comedy, the next it’s an action film. The film is not good at all and to be honest I am ashamed to have watched it in its entirety.

Should you watch it: NO