R Dir: Scot Armstrong | Universal | 1h 33min
Plot: What’s it about?
On the cover for Search Party, you’ll see that it’s from the guys behind Old School and Road Trip. I never understood why studios liked to shove those things down our throats. What difference does it really make? In fact, Search Party is so bad, if I had anything to do with the film, I wouldn’t want my name anywhere near it. It’s clearly trying to follow The Hangover in terms of plot outline, but there’s hardly a laugh to be had in this dud. It’s no wonder the film has just been tossed onto Home Video with little buzz at all. We begin with a trio of friends the night before of them is to get married. Of course there’s the typical talk dogging marriage, and the worries, but Daniel (Thomas Middleditch) still plans on marrying Tracy (Shannon Woodward) anyway. It’s not until his pal, Jason (TJ Miller) shows out during the ceremony, and Tracy takes off on the honeymoon anyway. Daniel then decides to follow her and set things right. Things don’t go well for Daniel as he’s robbed and stripped of his clothes. Then Jason along with their other friend, Evan (Adam Pally) decide to go and help Daniel.
If the plot sounds lame just reading this review, wait till you see the film. Or don’t, actually. I can forgive many things if there were actually laughs to be had here, but that isn’t the case. I’m not sure what they were going for, but this is one lame duck of a movie. TJ Miller is usually pretty funny, but he’s given such a weak script that even he can’t salvage this garbage. I admit that I was never quite on The Hangover train, but I did laugh a few times, and can at least admit that film was entertaining. Supposedly the film was completed in 2014, but not released until this year. It isn’t hard to see what might have scared producers as this entire outing just feels off.
Video: How’s it look?
Despite being a low budget (and not to mention lame) comedy, the transfer still satisfies. The print is sharp as well as colors and background shots. It’s finely detailed throughout as well. The image is AVC encoded with a 2.40:1 ratio. That’s a bit wider than usual for a comedy, but it still works.
Audio: How’s it sound?
We get a pretty standard DTS HD track. Really, it sounds about as it should, and as one should expect. The louder scenes work well, showing good range, while the dialogue scenes remained clean enough. All things considered, this track should please fans. That is if there are actual fans out there, but you never know.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view) there are no supplements included with this release.
The Bottom Line
It’s not hard to see why this was shelved and why it didn’t receive a wide release. Spoiler alert: It stinks! There’s just nothing amusing or entertaining about any of this nonsense. The characters are lame and uninteresting, and the general premise is just too flimsy, even by comedy standards. Skip it.