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Nerdland: Unrated (2016/Samuel Goldwyn/Sony Blu-ray)

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

While the animation is at times interesting, the new adult cartoon Nerdland (2016) is a complete bore story and character-wise. Featuring the voices of Paul Rudd and Patton Ostwald as John and Elliot - two numbskull best friends who live in L.A. with big dreams. Trying to impress girls that they like (drawing heavy story comparisons to Wayne's World), they decide on their 30th birthdays to chase fame and end up hitting it rich... and becoming witnesses to a famous crime in the process! Of course along the way, they met some new friends, from big breasted women to nerds, the cast of characters remains large and unusual.

Unfortunately, this doesn't save the fact that the project is more weird than satirical, trying to cash in on themes of nerd-culture and being a somebody in Hollywood, coming across like a badly written Kevin Smith film that fell asleep, watching a Richard Linklater (Waking Life) film and decided to lazily throw together the two.

Nerdland also features the voice talent of Hannibal Buress, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, and Christopher McCulloch to name a few.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the animated feature is done justice on Blu-ray disc with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that too is fine, and more than suitable for what the film is trying to get across. Sometimes the animation is impressive and at other times a bit on the crude side. No digital copy.

No Extras.

All in all, I wasn't too impressed with Nerdland and felt that it was more of the same, with characters and a forgettable script that don't fit in the animated world to which it was thrust.

- James Lockhart



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