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Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

By David DiCerto
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Witless and virtually unwatchable, "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" (Lions Gate) makes the lowbrow inanity of "Dumb and Dumber" look like Moliere.

"Gross, loud and rude" is one character's description of the beer-bellied lead. That says it all.

The insufferably juvenile film stars "Blue Collar" comedian Larry (aka Dan Whitney) -- wearing his signature cutoff flannel shirt, fishing cap and a grin wider than the fender of his Ford pickup -- as a health inspector who, together with his by-the-book partner (Iris Bahr), must crack a string of mysterious food poisonings at upscale eateries in the days leading up to a big culinary competition. Suspecting foul play, they zero in on the town's sleazy mayor (Joe Pantoliano) and a duplicitous restaurateur (Joanna Cassidy).

In the movie, Larry is basically a good guy and his laidback brand of humor is never mean-spirited, but that hardly offsets the redneck ribaldry.

Director Trent Cooper serves up an unpalatable brew of beer and bathroom jokes that make the film's PG-13 rating misleading.

Larry is apparently very popular (press notes indicate that his recent comedy concert outsold both Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld), but the truth is, watching a man in the throes of gastrointestinal distress is not funny, it is simply vulgar ... regardless of what color your collar happens to be.

The film contains pervasive crass and sexual humor, recurring scatological sight gags, innuendo, fleeting partial rear nudity and much crude and bawdy language, as well as profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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DiCerto is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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