Jumpin' jehosaphat, wow wee!! Tucker and Dale is a rip roarin', big ol' jug of moonshine drinkin', bust out your banjo and get on down with some square dancin', good time. Seriously folks, this film has instantly become one of my all-time favorite horror comedies. You'll be slappin' yo momma if you miss this one!
Kicking off our backwoods fiasco, is a group of douchey (and I mean douchey of the highest order, like popped Izod collars levels of douche) college kids on their way out to a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains for a little weekend getaway and hanky panky. Why they chose Deliverance Land who knows. Along the way they totally flip out as they forgot the beer! Bummer bro! So they stop at a little roadside shop where they run into some locals and they immediately peg them as hicks. Kids today, so judgmental!
On their way out, they run into Tucker and Dale, two best friends that want nothing more out of life than to drink beer, fish and fix up an old vacation house they bought so that they can enjoy it any ol' time they pleases. Dale is a bit of a shy guy, not too self-assured and definitely not the lady magnet. Tucker dares him to go over to one of the ladies and talk to her but before he can string something coherent together, the kids flip out because (of course) every country dude is out to rape you and make you squeal like a pig.
So the douchey kids head out and eventually make it to their destination. Tucker and Dale find themselves not too far away from the gang but they aren't there to make their weekend hell. Instead, they're focused on fixing the house, doin' some fishin' and beer drankin'. But their peaceful weekend is interrupted that night when the kids go skinny dippin' and one of the girls decides to jump off a large rock. She bumps her head on the way down and Dale jumps into the water to rescue her. He then pulls her unconscious body back into their fishing boat. The rest of the kids think that they've captured her and are intent on carrying out unmentionable things. Unmentionable I say! But all they do is take her back to their place to treat her head knock and let her rest. Awwwwww.
The girl awakes the next day and instantly, Dale is shown to be smitten. Against Tucker's wishes, he insists that she stays there and get some rest. Here is where the fun comes in: the rest of the douchey gang plot multiple attempts to rescue the girl from the perceived evil clutches of our good natured backwoodsmen and in the process, they become the evil that Tucker and Dale find themselves fending against. Sort of. Because the hilarity comes in the form of the clumsy kids who actually fumble and bumble their way to their own demise. It's enough to make Wile E. Coyote blush with jealousy. Self impalement, a head first dive into a wood chipper, a swing, duck and a miss from a lawn edger and subsequent facelift. And even though the kids essentially die by their own idiotic hands, Tucker and Dale come under the scrutiny of the local sheriff. But even that doesn't last long as another series of whacked out, cartoon-y killings take place. And as our film nears its final act, we learn that one of the kids has an unfortunate tie to the local area and why he's so particularly hellbent (even though the other kids want to skedaddle) on killing our reluctant heros.
Smart, funny and just so much damn fun, Tucker and Dale is one of the best combinations of horror and comedy that I've seen in some time. Shaun of the Dead levels of hilarity here folks and it just might be even better. When I first watched the trailer many moons ago, I thought they'd be up against some minions of the undead or horrific monsters. Loved the twist (and I'm not giving anything away by saying that) of the douche baggy kids ultimately being the worst enemy. Classic flick.
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