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And this little bear had none

There are sayings about having too much of a good thing, and this is the movie to prove it.

The premise is two-fold: a bunch of rich white guys go on retreat every year at an exclusive club - said group is highly politcally incorrect and pretty full of themselves too. The second half of the premise is the improvised documentary style of such movies as This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show.

The cast is huge, and the half that isn't familiar to you will mostly seem familiar. Among the hordes are sorts from the other movies in this style genre - Michael McKean, John Michael Higgins, Fred Willard. Also making appearances as themselves are famous white men Alan Thicke, Dick Butkus, Peter Marshall, and Jim Lampley (who incidently was left out of the IMDB's credits - I'm surprised I could remember him).

In addition to a lot of cast, there's a lot of plot. You have to give these characters things to do, and it has to matter somehow, right? Or at least, I can imagine how people would start to think such thoughts.

The reason these films work is that they are more about character than about what's really happening. And that's where this goes wrong - with so much happening, and so many characters to show doing things, we have no time to get to know anybody, get to understand what makes them tick. The plot itself isn't even executed well, leaving us with a stuttering stream of occurances we can't really find any reason to care about. It even seems to extend to the filmmakers themselves. There are plotlines left dangling beyond belief, yet there was no indication of even wanting to resolve them in any way.

Some of the improv (apparent) is very good. If this had been thoughtfully organized, maybe something would make sense out of it, but it's too late to do anything.

Quite a disappointment.

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