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Same Guys, New Dresses

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”This is my favorite Kids in the Hall sketch: the I-don’t-wanna-take-a-bus sketch…. It’s like five Canadian guys on tour. They’re playing five Canadian guys who can’t decide if they wanna take a bus or not. It’s one of the classics…. And you’ll see, one of ’em’s gay!” Even though they were clearly mocking from a place of love on their guest commentary, South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone pretty much nail the particular lack of excitement to be found on this documentary, which followed the sketch comedy troupe — Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Kevin McDonald, and Scott Thompson — on its 2000 live tour. The film (directed by Foley) plays like a crossbreeding of Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl and This Is Spinal Tap, but only if funny skips a generation. The only laughs to be found are on the guest commentaries, recorded by Kids‘ playmates Parker and Stone, Mike Myers, Andy Richter, and Jason Priestley—who is presented as a fellow Canadian documentarian(!). To quote Homer Simpson: It’s funny because it’s true. C-

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