Not Rated Dir: Rob Dipple | Paramount | 1h 23min
Plot: What’s it about?
I am a big fan of stand-up comedy, but for some reason I have never been a fan of ventriloquists. Don’t ask me why, I just don’t care for that style of humor. I worked with someone some years back who continued to praise Jeff Dunham and quote the various characters he’s created. One thing is for sure: Dunham has a pretty large fan base. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. With that being said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I found this entire film to be a painfully unfunny experience. Even though the running time is a shade over 80 minutes, it seemed never-ending to me. I am sure the more die-hard Dunham fans will be familiar with his creations such as Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Walter, Peanut and his various others. None of them made an impression on me. I found much of this to simply be unfunny.
All Over the Map takes us to some dozen countries and gives us a decent look at Dunham on and off the stage. It’s pretty standard material as far as content goes. Don’t expect to find much depth here, but there are some interesting moments. One of them includes Malaysia banning one of Dunham’s iconic characters. What he does in turn is rather amusing. While I think fans of Dunham might appreciate this film, I found it a bit frustrating at times. There are several moments where we’re in the middle of one of his skits and the film cuts away to footage of a random country or something backstage. It started to annoy me after a while. Comedy is a funny thing. While some might find this material very amusing, I was bored stiff throughout. It’s simply not my thing. I prefer humor that I can relate to, such as real life situations rather than a drunken dummy speaking in gibberish. So, unless you’re already a Jeff Dunham fan, I can strongly advise you stay away. It did nothing for me.
Video: How’s it look?
The transfer looks about as you would expect. It’s neither groundbreaking nor terrible. It’s as good as it needs to be. Some of the shots across the various countries show great detail, but there are moments that don’t work as well. Regardless, I think fans will be pleased. The image is AVC encoded with a 1.85:1 ratio.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Audio fares about the same. It gets the job done, but nothing else. We get a Dolby True HD track that displays strong vocals. We get some background laughter at times. There’s not much to report here, the track serves a film of this sort as it should. It gets no complaints from me.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Bleeped or Unbleeped versions – This gives us the option to watch the film censored or uncensored. I chose the latter, but I like having the option.
- Road to Scotland – Is simply an extended interview with Dunham.
- Malaysia Warning – This is one of the more interesting elements. It shows more of Dunham talking on a radio show about not being allowed to do a certain character on stage.
- Making Jacques – This gives us more of the Malaysia censorship issue.
- Extreme Travel (0 to 110 Degrees) – Is simply a montage of the various stops that Dunham made.