Underpaid servants get their revenge in Screwed, a movie about two idiot kidnappers who mess everything up. The premise is funny, but Screwed is just stupid.
Norm MacDonald stars as Willard, a house servant for a bitchy millionaire. He finally gets fed up with her and decides to kidnap her dog, but really screws up and ends up accidentally kidnapping himself. Things get more "complicated" from there, as the police get involved, not to mention a grungy mortician, played by Danny DeVito.
DeVito is the only shining light in the entire movie, bringing a disgusting yet likeable character to the screen. He's so vile he's funny, and we actually feel for him a little bit, while with MacDonald, we just feel as if we are getting dumber just by watching him.
A movie like this can be funny, but not when the main characters are dumber than those in Dumb and Dumber. As soon as they get around the police, they turn into babbling idiots, and aren't even remotely funny, and even when they aren't around the police they think of the stupidest, most irrational action possible. Idiot crime capers are done much better when the characters mess up on smart things. In Screwed, they mess up doing stupid things.
I really should look up a thesaurus to get new synonyms for "stupid," but I think you get the point. The script isn't very good, the acting is downright terrible (not that I expected much from a Norm MacDonald movie), and everything else is subpar. I'll give the plot some moderate credit, for the way everything works out, but it still isn't wonderful.
Norm MacDonald's movies are never masterpieces, but he can be really funny at times. However, Screwed is just bad, and I felt as though I had been screwed out of an hour and a half.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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