I laughed soooooooo hard at this movie!! The redneck brothers are hilarious. If you are not a native Southerner, please bear in mind that THIS level of redneck is only a SMALL percentage of the population of the South. Most Southerners are not as stupid as these guys. With that caveat said, the actors’ portrayals of the classic ignorant redneck are spot on. With actor Travis Fimmel specifically, it amazed me how authentically he portrayed McQueen Oodie. The dude is Australian but he nailed the character perfectly, right down to the protruding bottom lip from dipping snuff.
If you are easily offended, you may want to choose a different movie. This one parodies not only the rednecks, but it also smokes every possible stereotype including cops (right down to the officers battling over jurisdiction) and gangs of multiple ethnicities. And it takes jabs at quite a few movie genres and franchises, including Jean Claude vanDamme, Rambo, Rocky, Karate Kid, Road Warrior, E.T., and Slingblade, with a wicked reference to the tv show King of the Hill. My sides hurt from laughing so much at all of those!
Andre Braugher is perfect as the sheriff. His swagger. His attitude. His facial expressions. His idioms. He’s every bit as evil as Ned Beatty’s sheriff in the White Lightning/Gator McCluskey movies. And the young, hip Chicago ATF agent made me think of RDJ in U.S. Marshals – perfect teeth, hip hair, stylish suit. And Billy Bob Thornton is appropriately smarmy. I especially enjoyed his Walmart metaphor describing the drug business.
With the boys travelling from Montgomery AL to Austin TX, the highway background scenery (including the hazy sky from the high humidity) is authentic, having been filmed in Louisiana. But any Louisiana native will tell you that there are NO roads in the state as smooth as the ones the Oodies travel. LOL! And McQueen mistakenly believing the Permian basin is “on the way” is something that will elicit a knowing scoff from every Texan.
There are many characteristics about the Oodie brothers that make it evident that the writers either grew up in the backwoods South or put in an effort to do their research – the brothers constantly arguing and threatening each other with bodily harm, the brothers actually calling (and abiding by) dibs on which of them gets to pursue the pretty girl, the duct-taped gun holster, their responses to the monster truck, and their trashy old home place (the VHS tapes in the living room as well as the ancient paneling, the shotgun, and the taxidermy-preserved animals on the walls).
If you are truly country or small-town Southern, you’ll feel like you’re at a family reunion. If you’re “a Yankee,” you’ll find it either very easy or very hard to believe the stereotypes presented. Either way, I hope you catch the intended humor. I laughed so hard that I had to watch it twice.
My favorite line of dialogue is:
McQueen – “Brick, I’m startin’ to think we shoulda finished school.”
Brick – laughs – “At least junior high.”
I’m giving it five stars.