Screwed

 (334)5.71 h 22 min2000PG-13
Danny DeVito, Dave Chappelle, Norm MacDonald and Elaine Stritch star in this comedy caper about a resentful chauffeur, his boss from hell, a crazy mortician and a dognapping scheme gone bad.
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Scott AlexanderLarry Karaszewski
Starring
Norm MacDonaldDave ChappelleDanny DeVito
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Comedy
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English [CC]
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Elaine StritchDaniel BenzaliSherman HemsleySarah Silverman
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Robert Simonds
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NBCU
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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JulieReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny
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This was funny I started watching thinking that I was going to have a straight face the whole time but I did smile so that's enough for me to be good when the day is boring. This was the usual kind of comedy for this short time at the end of the 90's and early 2000 I think I remember public people were worried that oxygen was going to be sold to them in the future by the government that hasn't happened but realistically I think that even wealthy families don't have access to that much cash it's mostly in the bank. But it's not true that the only reason someone watches or reads about a story and thinks to them self "I'm glad my life isn't that way" because they harbor feeling about being better than other people, sometimes you just see a bad scenario and it makes you feel safer like things aren't too crazy. This movie is really about how can a small lie get bigger and if it came to important situation could someone admit their own fault probably I think so but stuff gets left out which is also a form of lying not including all info. But the papers can often misprint facts about famous people like they get sucked into all kinds of false hype like fake deaths, or even wrong stuff about their health so it's just good to remember that also money doesn't really shape the world and influence actions entirely.
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BarbReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
All the right Cast, but slow moving and only funny in spurts
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We were ready to enjoy this because we LOVE the people who are in it. But it was so slow moving, with only a few really funny spots that we gave up after about 45 minutes. We should have clicked it off sooner. Good plot idea, but not well executed. Oh well. it was only 3.99 to rent. Sigh. (Note - you can watch the trailer to this for free...and those are the best parts of the movie...so just watch the trailer and save the money)
cookieman108Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars
"Sweet Jesus! We kidnapped a turd!"
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The first time I saw Screwed (2000), I wasn't very appreciative of the film, but after viewing it for a second time, I think it's growing on me, as I liked it a little better, although I doubt if I were to watch it again, I would like it even more, as it's not really a film that merits viewing more than I already have.... The movie was somewhat funny, but I'd hardly recommend it above other comedies, that is, unless you've seen them all and you're just looking to rent for the sake of renting something. The film, written and directed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, better known for their biography pictures (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon), stars a solid cast in SNL veteran Norm Macdonald (Dirty Work), David Chappelle (Half Baked), prominent stage actress Elaine Stritch (Krippendorf's Tribe), and Danny DeVito (L.A.Confidential).

The film features Norm Macdonald as a hapless manservant named Willard Fillmore, who works for a well-to-do, nasty, miserly, old biddy named Mrs. Crock (Stritch), owner of a popular baked goods company. I use the term `manservant' loosely, as Willard is more of a slave, working for peanuts, forced to endure the abusive antics of his employer, until he finally can stand it anymore, and develops a simple revenge plan with his best friend, Rusty P. Hayes (Chappelle), owner of Rusty's Juicy Chicken Hole, to kidnap Mrs. Crock's beloved Pomeranian Muffin, and hold it for ransom. Well, as we all know, even the simplest of plans often get tripped up with complications, and here is no different. Somehow the authorities presume it was Willard who was kidnapped, as Muffin managed to escape and return home before missed, forcing Willard and Rusty to change their plans to now go along with the idea that Willard really was kidnapped, subsequently asking for more money from Mrs. Crock (who, incidentally, isn't inclined to pay, not for Willard, at least). From here the plans continually get more befuddled, complications get more, well, complicated, as the two kidnappers get deeper and deeper in over their heads, trying to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

The film, meant to be a homage to the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's (according to the production notes), has its' moments, but lacks the charm of the movies its' trying to emulate. The cast is solid, featuring Macdonald, who I've always though a bit under-rated and suffers from not only having a type of humor with limited appeal (I really liked his previous film Dirty Work, which is much funnier than this, but did very poorly at the box office), but also a lack of suitable roles, often stuck playing secondary characters in Adam Sandler features. I think the same goes for Chappelle, whose show on Comedy Central is extremely funny, but is often relegated to lesser roles in features, unable to really show off his true comedic talents. I think both of these actors did well with what they had, but were perhaps miscast in their roles. Stritch does a fine job, but it was kind of odd seeing her take a role that seemed beneath her, especially given her past theatrical stage experience. I guess one can say she's not one of these haughty actresses who regards this type of work negatively, or else she really needed the money (funny how one's artistic integrity is sometimes inversely proportion to one's economic needs...) Danny DeVito is pretty funny as Grover Cleaver, an odd, simplistic character who works in a morgue and is hired by the boys to provide a corpse (watch the film to find out why). The scene where Grover is discussing various items he's found inside cadavers and his speculations as to their various points of entry, is pretty funny, especially the reaction of Rusty as Grover starts handling a particular musical instrument (you can catch this scene on the trailer). I think the biggest problem with this film is what it was trying to be...as I said before, the production notes present it as a homage to the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's, but people who enjoy those probably won't enjoy this as it often incorporates the crude humor of an Adam Sandler movie (but not enough to warrant those who enjoy that type of humor to run out and see this film) and people who like Adam Sandler films probably won't appreciate (or understand, or care about) the subtle homage to those films made so long ago. I got the feeling they were trying (and failed to some degree) accommodate a segment of the movie-going public (that large group who made Sandler so rich and famous) with the vulgar material, perhaps compromising their initial artist vision of a truly faithful modernization honoring of those films from the past. There are some very funny moments sprinkled throughout the film's 82-minute run-time (it certainly helped that the movie wasn't dragged out much longer), but not nearly enough to keep many viewers satisfied (Dirty Work differed in this aspect most likely because it was partly written by Macdonald). Ultimately, the film is good for a few laughs, but suffers from, in my opinion, losing focus on the fundamental scope of the project.

The wide screen (1:85:1) picture on this DVD is excellent, as is the audio. Special features include a theatrical trailer for the film along with one for Man on the Moon, production notes, biographies and selected filmographies of the main cast and crew, and a Universal weblink (oh boy). Maybe once the writers/directors Alexander and Karaszewski got this out of their system, they can now go back to doing what they do best, with their popular biopics. There's certainly nothing wrong with trying new things and broadening your horizons, but there's also something to be said for sticking with what you know.

Cookieman108
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Christina KniskernReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Screwed" sums up the lives of the characters
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I'm not much of a movie aficionado, so this review won't be technical by any means. That said, I love this movie and it's one of few that I catch myself quoting, still, on a weekly basis ever since I first watched it (ten years ago). This movie is filled with priceless comedic scenes, particularly if you enjoy the comedic acting of Norm MacDonald, Dave Chappelle, and/or Danny DeVito. Their timing is gold. Willard Fillmore (Norm MacDonald) is a poor butler, who does his job to the best of his abilities and is a good, honest worker. It's a thankless job and he can never seem to live up to his father, who previously was the house butler until he passed away. The running joke about Willard stuck in this dead-end job and his ratty uniform is one of my favorites. Every actor/actress in this movie has a hilarious role, with enough conflicting personalities to make this movie worth watching at least once. There are a handful of good one-liners that I catch myself repeating to friends; unfortunately, not many people have seemed to watched this movie. For the current price ($7~) it's a steal and I do recommend this movie to all my friends. Screwed reminds me of the silly humor in Half-baked, but with thought-out jokes and a story line. I particularly enjoy that there is no love interest or romance in this comedy, per se. It's about two good friends (Norm and Dave Chappelle) trying to make their lives better, or at least something they feel they deserve. They aren't the smartest of criminals, which adds to the comedy, but they have good intentions and always try to make the best of every situation they get themselves into.
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bartReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
A screwed up movie that is totally funny!
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I did enjoy the movie screwed but even I have to admit that the plot is pretty screwed up. First off all we have a chauffer, Willard Filmore (Norm Mcdonald) who works his butt off for his tyranical boss, a wealthy old woman Miss Crock (Elaine Stritch), and gets very little out of doing this and gets no respect. But When Willard finally goes nuts when all she gives him for christmas is a pie. A PIE???? she is rich, she owns a pie company, and all she gives him is a pie after all he has done for her. He does everything for her. I mean literally, he does EVERYTHING for her. And for going nuts, she decides she is going to fire him. After, Willard goes to his friend, Rusty (Dave Chappelle) and they decide to get back at Miss Crock by kidnapping or should I say dognapping her dog. Things were going okay except the dog was barking. Will puts hand on the dogs mouth but the dog starts biting his hand and getting blood all over the walls. They managed to get the dog off the hand and write a ransom note for $1 million. But things weren't going as well as they seemed. Behind their backs, the dog escapes and returns home seeming like the whole thing never happened. When Miss sees the damage, all she was shocked about at first was that her paining got messed up because of the blood, not worrying about the blood on the wall or the damage. Now that is a screwed up scene. Anyway, when the boys see the morning paper it SAYS THAT WILLARD IS KIDNAPPED! Everbody thought the note was meant for willard. And the whole story gets over town quikly. Now Willard cannot show his face in public. They are totally screwed. At first they trie to use this buy raising the ransom, sending a video of willard being "locked up", causing the public to have Miss Crocks company to go down and forcing her to pay. But at the sametime, detective (Dan Benzali) is getting close to figue out this case. So they decide to go to a morgue worker (Danny Devito)to make people think Willard is dead. Now doesn't this movie sound screwed up???
Anyway, there are funny scenes in this movie. There was a scene where willard was trying to clean windows but he fell off the ladder and then the ladder falls on him! And there are also times where Rusty keeps hitting people with desklamps because he is scared.
Mcdonald and Chappelle made a good duo in this movie. They will make you laugh because of the stuff they do and say. Although the plot is screwed up, it is still funny and worth buying.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of those films that's so stupid it's actually pretty funny!
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Anyone who's ever worked for a tyrant should be able to appreciate this film. Norm McDonald plays a much abused 2nd generation servant for Ms. Crock, a mean old pie baroness. Dave Chapelle plays his equally dimwitted friend. Together these two bufoons concoct the idea to kidnap Ms. Crock's beloved dog. The plan goes awry and people think that her servant, Norm McDonald has been kidnapped. Chapelle and McDonald have to adapt to their scheme to convince Ms. Crock, who really couldn't care less, to pay the same ransom for a human. Things continue to go wrong and it's one hilarious blunder after another.

This is basically a very fun movie and I would recommend it for young children if not for some of the sexual references. I also think some female senior citizens might take umbrage at the copious use of derogatory appellatives such as: hag, prune, crone, etc.
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Peter Tom MaattaReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
then you should find this pretty damn funny
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If you're a fan of Norm MacDonald's unique comedy style, then you should find this pretty damn funny. It's similar to Norm's other starring role "Dirty Work" (1998). Chappelle and DeVito are pretty funny, but the late, great, Elaine Stritch is funny as hell and nearly steals the show. I'm a huge fan of Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and their numerous great scripts ("Problem Child", "Problem Child 2", "Ed Wood", "Mars Attacks!", "The People vs. Larry Flynt", "Man on the Moon", etc.). I think they achieved what they set out to with this screwball comedy and would have liked to have seen them direct some more. I believe their next project was going to be a biopic of "The Marx Brothers", but they couldn't get the green light after this movie was a box office flop! I still found it very funny and look forward to owning it on DVD.
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MattReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
How could this movie be bad?
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If you need to read a review before watching a movie with these 3 particular comedians, you do not deserve to hear any heart warming words describing it, you obviously callous shell of a human.
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