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Nature Calls -- Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

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Todd Rohal (screenplay)
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9 November 2012 (USA) See more »
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Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember. | Add synopsis »
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A mediocre film from a man who has better things to be doing See more (11 total) »

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Directed by
Todd Rohal 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Todd Rohal  screenplay

Produced by
David Bausch .... executive producer
Michael B. Clark .... executive producer
David Gordon Green .... executive producer
John Hodges .... executive producer
Lisa Muskat .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ryan Miller 
Joseph Stephens 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Gainer 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Canant 
Nat Sanders 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Matthew Munn 
 
Set Decoration by
Theo Sena 
 
Costume Design by
Jacki Roach 
 
Makeup Department
Fabian Garcia .... department head hair
Brenna McGuire .... makeup artist
Johnny Mooi .... key hair stylist
Krystle Poulin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Bausch .... unit production manager
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Anita Sum .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marymichael D'Onofrio .... first assistant director: second unit
Jessica Hong .... second second assistant director
Scott Lazar .... first assistant director
Barbara Maia .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Lou Charles .... leadman
Eileen Dennehy .... props
Stephen J. Douglas .... props production assistant
Frank-Joseph Frelier .... art department visual consultant
Dan Fritz .... set dresser
Shane Ingersoll .... shop scenic
Dennis Jones .... set dresser
Mollie Laurienzo .... art department coordinator
Mariah Mills .... on-set dresser
Martin Murray Jr. .... property master
Ijeoma Onyejiaka .... art department production assistant
Cory Steele .... art department pa
Maria Sylvania .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Jamie Baker .... foley editor
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Ruy García .... sound designer
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Richard Murphy .... production sound mixer
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Bret Scheinfeld .... sound utility
Sara Stern .... assistant sound editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Tim Rossiter .... special effects fabrication
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer: The Molecule
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects producer
Thompson Conradi .... visual effects artist
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor: The Molecule
Charlotta Forssman .... visual effects
Mark Scott Friedman .... compositing supervisor
Brian Houlihan .... digital compositor
Henry Jean .... compositor
Henry Jean .... digital compositor
Bokyeong Kim .... compositor
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Lenz Kol .... lead compositor
Ted Markovic .... visual effects
Erin W. Nash .... digital compositor
Victoria Penzes .... compositor
Joshua Sacavage .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Saling .... digital compositor
Adam Schwartz .... compositor
Nick Smith .... digital compositor
Carlos Soler .... compositor
Jung Um .... compositor
Yuliya Vinokur .... compositor
 
Stunts
Mike Burke .... stunt driver
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... utility stunts
Greg Harvey .... stunt double: Mrs. Harnett
Declan Mulvey .... assistant stunt coordinator
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... stunt double: Patton Oswalt
Christopher Place .... stunts
David Shumbris .... stunt double: Johnny Knoxville
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Armitage .... a camera operator
Richard Bizenza .... grip
Carl Casano .... electrician
Marque DeWinter .... first assistant camera
Anthony Gamiello .... key grip
Ted Goodwin .... best boy electric
Shaun Joye .... second assistant camera
Doug Meils .... video playback operator
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jesse L. Saviola .... second company grip
George Tur .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
 
Animation Department
Chad Sikora .... animation director
 
Casting Department
Jon Goracy .... casting assistant
Sabrina Hyman .... casting associate
Jamie Jacobson .... child extras casting (uncredited)
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... key costumer
Linde Aseltine .... wardrobe supervisor
Tamara Menear .... costumer
Abby O'Sullivan .... costume design consultant
Kayla Viani .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate editor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Kate Rose Itzkowitz .... first assistant editor
Tom Maloney .... pa
Mike Mazzotta .... digital lab technician
Zach Wolf .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Juan Pablo Mantilla .... composer: additional music
Eric Milano .... music editor
Marguerite Phillips .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
David Buckman .... driver
 
Other crew
Teddy Blanks .... title designer
George Camarda .... script supervisor
Betty Chin .... production coordinator
Wendy Cohen .... production resources
Jim Cremins .... production assistant
Daniel D'Amico .... office production assistant
Danielle Davis .... key craft service
Katherine DeJesus .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Duffey .... unit p.a.
Daisy Flores .... pa/driver
Scott Friedman .... paperwork production assistant
Danny Frommer .... set medic
Jeffrey Giles .... international sales
R. Richard Hobbs .... location scout
April Lasky .... locations coordinator
Nicolas Luna .... location production assistant
Nicolas Luna .... production assistant
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
Eduardo Lytton .... assistant production coordinator
Theresa Marsh .... production accountant
Dan McCarthy .... assistant location manager
Jason A. McCauley .... location manager
Ralph Meyer .... stand-in for patton oswalt
Doug Panetta .... production assistant
Stefano Pennisi .... craft service
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
Brad Reichel .... location assistant
Jason Reif .... production assistant: additional first team
Sascha Springer .... locations supervisor
Louie Tremblay .... production assistant
Andreas O'Donohue Villaggio .... production assistant
Niccolò Vitelli .... key production assistant
Tracy Wong .... craft service
 
Thanks
Marissa Gallien .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity
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79 min
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A mediocre film from a man who has better things to be doing, 15 July 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Nature Calls is the last film I'd expect from Todd Rohal, who directed the eccentric mixed-bag that was Guatemalan Handshake and the hugely questionable but watchable Catechism Cataclysm, among a wide variety of short films in the nineties. Rohal's style seemed as if he would shy away from anything remotely in the same vein as Nature Calls, a farce centered around a boy scouts trip in the woods. I expected Rohal's next project to be quirky, but what I didn't expect it to be was conventional.

Just by his five short films and two feature films, I knew Rohal was something different in cinema. Whether or not I like his work is a different story, but I will always look forward to what the man has coming out simply because it's something I can't rationally expect. How many filmmakers can we say that out about? I know Steven Spielberg's next film will either be a big-budget adventure film or a serious-minded biopic, I know Kevin Smith's next film will be a human drama centered around hockey, I know Martin Scorsese will examine another cultural figure with a magnifying glass, and I know Tyler Perry will continue to humanize African Americans with another Madea movie or a drama totally in its own melodramatic league. I am completely unsure of what Rohal's next move will be after two extremely out there, independent films and one obscure comedy playing dress-up in mainstream clothes.

The plot concerns Randy (Patton Oswalt), a dedicated boy scout leader, who desperately wants to get children excited about learning the fundamentals of nature and how to survive in the deep wilderness. The problem is in the dawn of technology and commercial flashiness, children are not even remotely interested in what Randy has to say or do. When the kids would rather go to Randy's brother Kirk's home (Johnny Knoxville) to welcome home their new adopted son from Africa, Randy crashes the party and takes the kids for the trip of a lifetime in the woods. This leaves Kirk, his pal Gentry (Rob Riggle), and an angry parent (the late, great comedian Patrice O'Neal) to find Randy, while having Kirk's wife fend off a crowd of angry, nervous parents who want to find their children's whereabouts.

The only thing worse than witnessing a lukewarm or flat-out bad comedy is thinking about what that comedy could've been if things had went in a different direction. There is a scene in the movie that takes place after Kirk is injured very badly after being caught on fire. He requests the children build a stretcher out of materials they find in the woods. They come back a little while later having erected a life-size cross, akin to the one Jesus Christ was crucified on. When they tie Kirk to the cross, they drag him across the woods, bloody, badly cut, and screaming for mercy.

When watching this scene, I realized the true potential this could've had as a twisted, dark comedy with obscure humor and inane setups. All while Todd Rohal maintained his status as an enigmatic filmmaker. But for some baffling reason, Rohal decided to make a comedy that more-or-less tried to hard to mimic that of a foul-mouthed mainstream comedy and only succeeded in being gratuitously foul-mouthed and hinting it could've been destined for cult greatness.

The other downside to the film is that so much comedic talent here is wasted. Patton Oswalt, who has worked in great dark comedy films such as Big Fan and Young Adult, does about as much as he can with the thin material provided, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle are mostly obnoxious bullies without ever being funny, and Patrice O'Neal is the only guy who can get a laugh but even this makes me think about the good films he could've been in if he hadn't died young.

It would appear Rohal wanted to make an independent comedy that dabbled into the mannerisms of a mainstream one but tried to simultaneously give off the impression of a sweet, simple farce that a studio couldn't make. This is a stretch, but it's a nice justification for now. Nature Calls, right down to its perfunctory title, is a wholly disappointing effort from a filmmaker who definitely has better material and ideas on his hands.

Starring: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, and Patrice O'Neal. Directed by: Todd Rohal.

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