‘Fubar’ Review: Just Give’r

Posted in Screening Room by - March 12, 2016

Last week’s review of Punishment Park discussed the variety of tone in mockumentaries, pointing out that not all mockumentaries are comedies. This week I get to discuss the variety and range of comedic mockumentaries, namely the fact that not all of them are very funny. I was assigned to review the film Fubar from 2002, a fictional documentary that warranted a sequel eight years later. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it. Imagine if you will, that Trailer Park Boys, Dumb and Dumber, and Borat had an oddball Canadian child that decided the humor would only be increased by including topics such as cancer, existential crises, and the tragic death of a loved one. That’s Fubar.

Fubar follows prospective documentary director Farrel as he and his crew document the day to day lives of two headbangers named Dean and Terry. Dean and Terry spend their days binge drinking, breaking furniture, and throwing their empty cans out the window of their moving car. After a short while, the documentarians learn that Dean has testicular cancer and convince him to try and seek treatment. Treatment comes in the form of surgery to remove the affected testicle. The bangers and crew go on a camping trip to get properly loaded, have sex with hookers, and do cannonballs into a river, and then Farrel dives in head first and snaps his own neck against the bottom. The last twenty minutes involve Dean and Terry going to Farrel’s funeral, Dean going bald due to chemotherapy, and the duo getting the news that his cancer is in full remission.

Some interesting tidbits of information about the film include the fact that it uses the word “fuck” roughly 274 times, and that some of the bystanders in the film that only add to the weird were under the assumption that the movie was supposed to be a real documentary about the life of the common man.

Other than that, there isn’t much to say. I could talk about its use of cinéma vérité stylistic decisions, or about how, perhaps, it could be viewed as a commentary on the notion that simple people don’t have to worry about serious issues… but I won’t.  Because it simply boils down to a relatively unfunny examination of the life of two fictional caricatures.  Considering I never found Dumb and Dumber or Trailer Park Boys to be all that entertaining, I may not be the best judge of Fubar‘s value. I would assume that if you enjoy those shows, you would probably find great humor in the dreck that is Fubar.

Final Say: Skip It

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Born in Arizona, he currently resides in Denton, Texas. When he isn't watching movies he's playing board games and drinking whatever he can get his hands on. John watches Djimon Honsou movies because he likes Spawn, which had Michael Jai White.
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