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Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.

Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.

With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.

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Fever Pitch

Release date: 4/8/05

Viewed on: 4/2/05

Starring: Jimmy Fallon, Drew Barrymore

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Baseball sucks. I don't want to hear any of this American past time, Apple pie, American pie crap. It's slow and it's boring. Ok, not always but for the most part ? yes.

Walking into this movie I feared the recipe. Romantic comedy set around the Red Sox champion ship of 2004 (Sorry if I spoiled that for anyone. If I did, welcome back to earth.) Romantic comedies are fine from time to time but I find when they're good they're really good, and when they're bad, they're really bad. Sports movies can be great but when it's baseball I want my heroes to be ageing has-beens that have no chance of winning, or biopic style legends on their rise and fall to booze and hookers.

So I was ready for Fever Pitch to be bland. To my surprise the movie is neither a romantic comedy or a baseball film. Well it is, but it isn't. It doesn't use either as a crutch. We get the goofy relationship stuff and the speech that equates to "You complete me" or some crap.( I think in this movie it was "You're MY ?baseball'") But none of that is over done. In fact it's barely done conventionally at all. It's more then "love" and "should we be together?" Real Life problems come up and they're not brushed away with optimism. These are real people with a real situation, and a real relationship. It's not a first in movies, but it's still refreshing when you see it.

And while we are witness to many baseball references and baseball related scenes, it's never about the game. It's always about the characters at the game and how the game affects them, they're relationship, and the people around them.

You have to admire the performances from Barrymore and Fallon. When it could have ended up being silly and tired they both revealed true dramatic sides of these characters. To be able to have the characters go back and forth like that between "laugh out loud "comedy and "tug at the heart strings" drama, is a real testament to the performers. And of course the directors. The Farrelly brothers (best know for gross out comedies with heart ? Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin) really stepped up to the plate (pun intended) and delivered a film that takes them out of they're category. It's not gross out. It's not shock comedy. It's a real story told simply a beautifully with no gimmicks. To see filmmakers develop and evolve in this way is really great!

So what we end up with is a romantic sports film that hits none of the clich?s. A genuine surprised that elevated the film for sure. Worth seeing on a nice date, maybe. Fallon is funny throughout, and really stretches his acting muscles in the hallway scene. Drew Barrymore is ADORABLE. She's hasn't been this appealing since The Wedding Singer. I think I almost forgot about the Tom Green years. ?Almost.

7 out of 10

DVD worthy? I think so yeah. The price would have to be good, but I've bought the other two films based on Nick Hornby books (High Fidelity, About A Boy) and this is as good as those. Better then one, not as good as the other actually. I'll let you figure that out for yourself.

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Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - The Introduction

Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.

First Appearance - Fever Pitch

Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.

First Appearance - V for Vendetta

Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison

Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.

First Appearance - 300

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe

Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.

First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet

Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.

First Appearance - Four Brothers

Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.

First Appearance - Ultraviolet

Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.

First Appearance - The Producers

Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!

Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?

First Appearance - Saw IV

Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V

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