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The Whoopee Boys (1986/Paramount/Olive Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: D Film: C-

The 1986 comedy The Whoopee Boys, directed by John Byrum, is finally finding its way onto Blu-ray disc. The film stars Michael O'Keefe (Ironweed) and Paul Rodriguez (Born in East L.A.) and was created by the writers of the 1980s cult classic Revenge of the Nerds, which is far superior to this. This was no doubt a prototype for Dumb and Dumber, as there are lots of similarities (though I feel the Farrelly Brothers film is also superior) in that it focuses on two dummies who go on a road trip to paradise, one of them falls for a rich woman and has to impress her by going through any level of humility possible to succeed. If you're a fan of '80s humor and feel like you have scraped the bottom of the barrel and are looking for more, then this might be your ticket. Though it has some vulgar jokes that may make you laugh, I wouldn't suggest getting your expectations too high for this one.

The not so skillful con artists Jake (O'Keefe) and Barney (Rodriguez) decide to trade New York City's chilly weather for the beautiful Palm Beach after they nearly get caught by a couple of cops. Soon after they arrive in Florida, however, Jake meets Olivia (Lucinda Jenney) and immediately falls for her. (Who could blame him?) But it turns that Jake isn't her type at all the opposite in fact. She's looking for someone sophisticated who would be willing to marry her in the next thirty days, allowing her to inherit a fortune that will save a doomed orphanage. Jake promises Olivia that he can be a new man enrolls in a private charm school, along with his buddy Barney, where they will be transformed into respectable men.

Things, of course go awry, when they meet Colonel Phelps (legendary actor Denholm Elliott of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fame, et al), who is a highly skilled retired crook with an endless arsenal of tricks. Phelps teaches the two friends how to look and act like real gentlemen and they start to get it down until Jake meets Olivia's uncle, who must choose between him and a very mean real estate developer (Stephen Davies, The Razor's Edge). Will Jake find true love despite his misadventures?

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and an English, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono that restores the film to its original glory, far surpassing it's previous home video releases. No digital copy.

No extras on the disc, which is always a letdown.

While the plot is all too familiar, this film will either transfer you back in time with some laughs or make you roll your eyes in the present.

- James Lockhart



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