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In this spoof of "March of the Penguins," nature footage of penguins near the South Pole gets a soundtrack of human voices. Carl and Jimmy, best friends, walk 70 miles to the mating grounds where the female penguins wait. The huddled masses of females - especially Melissa and Vicki - talk about males, mating, and what might happen this year. Carl, Jimmy, and the other males make the long trek talking about food, fornication and flatulence. Until this year, Carl's sex life has been dismal, but he falls hard for Melissa. She seems to like him. A crisis develops when Jimmy comes upon something soft in the dark. Can friends forgive? Does parenthood await Carl and Melissa? Written by
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I've yet to see March of the Penguins but I'm pretty sure it won't be as bizarre as this comedy from Bob Saget. A group of male penguins set out on a 70 mile journey to the breeding grounds where they can look forward to mating and then having to look after an egg for several months while the females make their own journey to feed. This isn't a nature programme of course. As the title says this a parody full of innuendos with the narrator being Samuel L. Jackson, surely the next best thing for a wildlife documentary after David Attenborough.
The story is divided between Carl (Bob Saget) and Jimmy (Lewis Black) on their journey and Melissa (Christina Applegate) and Vicky (Mo'Nique) who are waiting for the males. Carl is lacking in confidence and has had some tough relationships while Jimmy is more assertive. At the breeding grounds Melissa and Vicky discuss potential mates and it seems inevitable that Carl and Melissa will get together or will they? We also get an insight into the thoughts of various other penguins and even a philosophical snowy owl (Jonathan Katz) who sounds a bit like Marlon Brando in The Godfather and has some useful advice for Carl.
This is an amusing if somewhat limited comedy. The penguins seem to have a lot more to worry about than just eating and sex, though those topics do pop up, the latter in pretty much every scene. There are various notable actors and actresses that lend their voices to the penguins and it is fun trying to pick some of them out. Samuel L. Jackson's narration is the undoubted high point. Though many of the gags are funny you will be left with the feeling that it could have been funnier.
Farce of the Penguins is a silly, amusing but in the end unspectacular spoof. Some good vocal talent is worth your time but given the limited storyline the jokes are around the same small circle of topics. Worth watching for Jackson's narration though I wouldn't recommend him as a replacement for Mr Attenborough just yet.
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