Movie Review: "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show"

February 18, 2008 By:
Movie Review:

Not expecting much going in, I was genuinely surprised by this
delightful documentary. Funny, touching, heartwarming, and at times
unbelievably hilarious, Vince and his buddies did an exceptional job
traveling from state to state and making people laugh. I was actually
thankful that they made it into a documentary, because I would have
never heard about it otherwise. I don't know why it wasn't marketed
better, or if I just missed it when it all happened. The only time I
knew that Vince was traveling with a group of comedians is when I saw
this trailer... except for driving by and noticing his name at the
Music Box Theater in Hollywood. Good for them, and good for this
documentary.

In Hollywood, California, on September 12, 2005, Vince Vaughn took the
stage at the Music Box Theater playing the role of emcee. This is where
the groundbreaking comedy tour -later turned documentary- similar to
the old west variety shows began. With four comedians hand picked by
Vince, Vince himself, and many surprise celebrities and musical guest
performing stand-up, as well as, improvisational skits, came the birth
of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights -
Hollywood to the Heartland." This documentary follows Vaughn and the
comedians as they travel over 6,000 miles and perform 30 shows in 30
consecutive nights in cities all across the United States. However, the
documentary goes way beyond the stand-ups, and focuses as much on the
behind the scenes ordeals that these "not so well known" comedians must
face. Their challenges and life altering experiences after each show
are mesmerizing. These comedians live and die for comedy. Comedy is
what unites these four on more than just a professional level. Guest
stars such as Justin Long (Dodgeball), Keir O'Donnell (Wedding
Crashers), Vince's best friend Peter Billingsley (come on, who doesn't
know Ralphie Parker from "A Christmas Story"), and Dwight Yoakam all
play their part in making this documentary unforgettable for the people
on the tour, as well as, those watching.

Here is where I give credit to where credit is due. I didn't really
know much -if any- about any of these four comedians in this
documentary. I honestly went to see it because of Vince. Most critics
said the laughs are few and far between but I don't listen much to
critics. Actually, I rarely pay any attention to what anyone has to say
about a movie, I have to judge for myself. Saying that, I must now
mention that I thought John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Sebastian Maniscalco,
and Ahmed Ahmed all held their own. Sure, not everything they said was
hysterical, but, I laughed for the majority of the movie, and sometimes
rather loudly. Well done guys, well executed documentary.

Pat the Movie Critic gives "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30
Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland" --- 3 Scoops