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Wedding Crashers

2005 / 119m - USA
Comedy, Romance
Wedding Crashers poster

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga poster

Pretty disappointed by this one. I'm not a big fan of the whole Eurovision circus, but it is perfect material for a crazy comedy/parody. Ferrell's involvement looked very promising and some random screens seemed to guarantee plenty of over-the-top cheese. Dobkin appeared to be on the right track for redemption.

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The biggest problem is that the film isn't even half as camp as the real thing. Eurovision is an alternate universe that is a bit hard to explain when you haven't been subjected to it for most of your life, maybe that's where it went wrong with this mostly USA-led production? Ferrell's version of the festival is pretty dull.

Dobkin has a pretty bad track record as a director and surely can't rectify it with this film. Almost all the jokes fall flat, the characters are boring and the showmanship is pretty poor. Rather than a sprawling show, the Eurovision competition looks like a second-rate concert. Nah, very poor use of the potential.

The Judge

2014 / 141m - USA
Crime, Drama
The Judge poster

Fred Claus

2007 / 116m - USA
Fred Claus poster

Shanghai Knights

2003 / 114m - USA
Adventure, Comedy
Shanghai Knights poster