THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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COOK OFF (2007)


At first I wasn’t sure about this pseudo-documentary about a cooking contest a WHOLE lot like the Pillsbury bakeoff.  But as it got goofier and goofier it grew on me.  It’s an improv–fest in the style of Christopher Guest movies like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.  Co-screenwriters Cathryn Michon (also the co-director and the author of the book this is based on) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) play sisters Sharon and Pauline Solfest, who are trying to win the Van Rookle Farms annual cooking competition.  Niecy Nash, Dietrich Bader and Melissa McCarthy are also among the many contestants trying to win the one million dollar grand prize.  McCarthy’s Amber shows up late and steals her moments with one of the more disgusting entries into the competition.  Love Boat captain Gavin McLeod and the late Marcia Wallace good-naturedly play themselves as celebrity judges.  McLeod spends most of his time trying to convince people he is not a ship’s captain.  Steve Little is the mascot, Muffin Man, who can barely handle his heavy costume.  The movie was made in 2007 but sat on a shelf for ten years (!) until being released to theaters, mainly on the strength of McCarthy’s character, who is only in Cook-Off for one extended scene.  Maybe this caught me at the right time but I was amused by this film.  I’ve certainly seen worse efforts.

 

TLA one-word review: half-baked