Movie Review: Let's Go to Prison

LET'S GO TO PRISON was directed by Mr. Bob Odenkirk and features Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, and Chi Mcbride in the main roles. Dax plays a career criminal who wants revenge on the judge that started him on his journey through the judicial system. However, once he discovers the judge is already dead he turns his attention to the judge's rich son as played by Will. Dax gets Will thrown in prison, but that isn't enough for him. He decides he must go to jail to further torture the son. Chi plays the black love interest for Will's imprisoned character.

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I was on a survey panel that studied the movie trailers and advertising for this film and I was mislead by those things into having a preconceived opinion on what type of movie it was going to be. The advertising makes it seem more like a happy-go-lucky "Weeeeeee! Let's go to prison!" sort of movie. In truth this film borders more on a "dark comedy" vibe and it is when it tries to lighten up that it loses its appeal in some confusion.

The premise for the film is one that could have been handled a bit better. There could have been even "darker" jokes that I think would have benefited the final product. As it is the comedy isn't the kind that makes you laugh, though I was able to sit through the whole thing. Most of the gags are predictable and well used movie situations.

Dax and Will did not put in bad performances. Will has a very gravely voice that I thought was a nice change of pace for being cast in a "spoiled white dude" role. Will's relationship that develops with Chi is probably the best aspect of the film. What would have originally been a rapist and victim sort of violation turned into a very sweet connection. The bathroom scene with the third man pooping and witnessing an emotional moment between the two is great. However, this serious side within the comedy isn't laughable and people going to rent this are looking for more laughs.

Overall I wouldn't recommend spending the rental money on this film. It isn't dark enough or original enough to be a success in my mind and it is not goofy and silly enough for those looking for zany comedy. Let's Go To Prison will fade into the history of film without much notice and it is understandable. You aren't missing out on anything really if you skip it, except this fun piece of logic: 2 million people in American jails, each one costs tax payers approximately 54 bucks a day to house, therefore wouldn't it just be cheaper to let them keep the stereos they stole?