Almost Heroes is the Hotshots version of Lewis and Clark. The late Chris Farley and "Friends" Matthew Perry make a comedic duo in this early 19th century tale of adventure, action, and stupidity. But, stupid does not necessarily mean bad.
Almost Heroes is laugh-out-load funny. Perry brings to screen what he does in "Friends", mainly his sarcastic and reserved humor. He and his character are in complete contrast to the likes of Chris Farley, who, similar to most other movies he has been in, gets laughs from just acting stupid and pulling out his hair. But it works. Some people, who have grown tired of the slapstick comedies a la The Naked Gun series or the comedic shenanigans of Farley might find Almost Heroes trite and old, but, surprisingly, in this case, the setting does make a difference. Set in the woods of early America, the movie is open to several forms of jokes, involving bears, rivers, and other natural occurrences.
The movie has several recurring tidbits that are well placed to make things unordinary funny. The ear jokes are extremely hilarious, and those are brought back a few times. The straw prostitutes are another example. And best of all, the same two-second clip of the bald eagle flying in to attack...
As is the case with most movies of this kind, the comedy begins to dwindle towards the end, but there is one extremely funny scene as Farley is moving down the cliff that erases all that. The rest of the movie is really funny as well, and Almost Heroes is a good comedy to watch, as long as you don't mind slapstick.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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