Watch Funny Or Die's Steve Jobs Biopic iSteve

By Nick Venable 2013-04-17 13:35:45discussion comments
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The chicken, if weíll all remember, crossed the street to get to the other side. It isnít a particularly amazing or revealing joke, but at least oneís first experience with it involves a second or two of silent reflection and a possible smile. In the land of things that arenít side-splittingly funny, brevity is king. And the last time I checked, 78 minutes isnít brief at all.

For better or worse, Funny or Die is a growing voice in the realm of comedy in general, and parody specifically. So there has been some dog-faced anticipation for their first foray into feature-length projects, the truth-eschewing Steve Jobs biography titled iSteve. And though the bombings in Boston on Monday postponed the faux documentaryís release, iSteve was released on Funny or Dieís website late Tuesday night. Jobs, whose death in 2011 made the tech world step back and breathe for once, already has a couple of other biopics out there, but Sorkinís version is still in the scripting stage, and Ashton Kutcherís version is on an indefinite delay after disastrous test screenings. And so Funny or Die is currently the lone gunman in adapting Jobsí life.

But they arenít concerned with actually doing that. Itís no surprise really, considering the film was reportedly written in three days and directed in less than a weekís time from frequent F.o.D. contributor Ryan Perez, who used Jobsí Wikipedia page as his only source. Justin Long and Jorge Garcia, as Jobs and Steve Wozniak respectively, are technically fine in their parts, Garcia especially, but the absolute lack of preparation in this script is woefully obvious, and there arenít jokes so much as moments when laughter is expected to happen.

But this isnít a review Ė and seeing as how I couldnít make it through fifteen minutes of it, Iím not particularly equipped to review it anyway Ė so judge for yourself just how successful a comedy this is. Just donít expect them to actually get any of the Apple stuff right, like these dedicated fanboys.

The film also stars James Urbaniak as Bill Gates, Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates, and Anthony Gioe as Justin Long, in the meta moments where the ďPC vs. MacĒ commercials that Long starred in are covered. If only meta were everything.

Watch the full film here.
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