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Strange Wilderness
Animal distraction.

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Animal enthusiast Peter Gaulke (Steve Zahn) and his sidekick Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) host an ailing wildlife TV show “Strange Wilderness,” which is in a steep ratings decline. Desperate to save the show, Peter hatches a Hail Mary scheme to find the one animal that could truly turn the show around and change the nature-show landscape forever – Bigfoot.

Strange Wilderness

For a man gifted with such natural comic timing and affability, Steve Zahn sure can pick some stinkers. The star of National Security and Daddy Day Care lucks out again with this lowly effort – a sort of gross-out Animals Do The Funniest Things with extra dick gags.

Zahn plays a guy who, following in his TV naturalist father’s footsteps, attempts to track down the mythical Bigfoot and save his woefully ill-informed reality show.

With the whole of the animal kingdom at their disposal, there’s something intensely depressing about a film that gets its biggest laugh from a turkey gobbling on Zahn’s privates. Managing to waste the talents of an embarrassed-looking Jonah Hill (joined here by the equally uncomfortable Jeff Garlin and Justin Long), Strange Wilderness is just plain animal tragic.

About as funny as watching a cute animal die a long slow death - and probably as painful.

Reviewed by Glen Ferris

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Soo Bad its just bad!

This film has had me thinking for a few weeks now and I still can't remember the name of the last film that I failed to finish watching. It must have been over ten years ago since I last walked out/switched off a film prior to the end and I have seen some of that shit easter/waste of space Uwe Boll's films! Utter Shite! ... More

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Posted by D-ToX at 13:05, 09 October 2008 | Report This Post

Absolutely awful - tattoos that just disappear, nonsensical vomiting into the mouth of a shark, and a rare feat in that every actor has a stinker. Nobody comes out of this film with any credit. Dire! ... More

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