2 1/2 Stars
Once you get past the strangeness of seeing Ryan Dunn playing a ghost opposite his friend that opened the movie wearing a “Don’t Drink and Drive” T-shirt, Living Will… is surprisingly watchable. Don’t be led astray by the dvd cover, Bam Margera only has a cameo role that is hardly worth mentioning. His involvement is fitting though, as the Jackass crowd should connect with and enjoy the film.
Belcher, played by Jackass‘ Ryan Dunn, and his best friend Will, played by Gerard Haitz, are an inseparable team of losers. Belcher in particular is a super-slacker, the kind of guy that eats so unhealthily he’s constipated for the first ten minutes of the film. After deciding to grease up his bowels by drinking a large glass of bacon fat he manages to get a little relief, but it’s short lived as Belcher keels over after, in his own words, “dropping the kids off at the pool”. This leaves his best friend Will living alone (get the title now?). He goes on with his life until Belcher pops back into it, as a ghost. The two soon slip back into their old selves, except now they can do a little more damage as Belcher can’t be seen by others, but can affect things around him. Will soon falls for Krista, played by The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning‘s April Scott (hoochie coochie ooh la la), Belcher’s cousin whom he met at his friend’s funeral. Now Belcher is faced with being replaced and forgotten, or breaking up the happy couple.
Following in Johnny Knoxville’s footsteps Dunn proves to be a decent actor, in fact he’s the only one in the movie without a horrid delivery or two. Haitz and Scott are solid enough and believable as a couple. There is a heavy use of montage in this film. So many that I lost count at around six or seven, although I’m almost sure the final tally goes double digits. At first it’s exciting to see a movie using montages effectively, if at all, but soon the gag gets boring and overdone.
Overall I’d recommend Living Will… to those who enjoy Jackass and raucous comedies, even though it’s a little tame by unrated straight-to-video standards.
Director: Matthew Lauyer
Stars: Ryan Dunn, Gerard Haitz, April Scott