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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Review: Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane descended into a hate-spiral that's ruined his show. Whatever charm there was in the old series has been replaced with hostility and nastiness. Only 1/3 of the new season is worth seeing, and only 1/3 of this (string of three episodes) film is worth watching. I read raves about the new product, along with sorrowful laments from old fans. I can say with great surety that, if you love this film and most of the new episodes, you're either a child or a scumbag.

Something similar happened to John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy. On disc 3 of the DVD for seasons 1 & 2 there's "Out West", a non-stop mockery of Southerners with no jokes. The cartoon opens with one redneck saying "We're ignorant" and the other saying "And proud of it." It ends with one singing "I'm ignorant", the other "And I'm ugly", and then Stimpy chimes in "That you are boys." In the Family Guy movie there's a flashback to Condoleezza Rice in college. She's depicted as a crack whore screaming in a dorm room. No jokes, no nuthin' but depicting her as a skank. MacFarlane is very bitter about the show being jerked around and then cancelled by Fox the first time around. He can't get over it so instead of the old show that won over its following he now craps himself and throws it around the room.

Alex Borstein (Lois) wrote the middle episode and thankfully gave it some heart and soul. The first and last chapters are just crap, the third featuring a wife for grown-up Chris who curses non-stop. That would be hysterical if I was 12. Jeez. The payoff on "Like the time I..." setups have also diminished in direct proportion to the increase of their frequency. It's only funny now when they break up the pattern of obvious setups and punchlines.

The only good bits in the film are: calling Quagmire "Captain Syphilis", Peter advising his daughter "Shave a man's back and he'll purr like a walrus" and re: the Book The Joy Of Sex, "Evidently the razor wasn't invented till the late 80s". That's all folks. Nothing to see here. Move along now.


Blogger Robert G. said...

My wife's nephew--her TEN YEAR OLD nephew--brought this up to the parents-in-laws' on (proper) Thanksgiving weekend. Now, I'm no prude, but...this was the foul-mouthedest, crudest piece de shite I've seen in quite a while. Nothing but a succession of filthy one liners, like The Simpsons on crack.

Shame on you for even reviewing it on a family-friendly blog, Emerson.

1:18 PM

Blogger Emerson said...

Don't anyone get me wrong. I like my porn XXX but my non-porn PG at best. I don't want to see sex in a non-porn movie. It stops the film and takes away from the real action.

1:49 PM


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