Check It Out With Dr. Steve Brule Season 1 And 2 [DVD Review]

By Rich Knight 2012-10-15 11:47:24 discussion comments
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Iím a colossal fan of Tim and Ericís brand of WTF comedy. Iíve seen everything from Tom Goes to the Mayor to The Chrimbus Special, and even the abysmal Billion Dollar Movie all in their entirety. So I think Iím a pretty good authority when it comes to critiquing anything the two have dipped their dinguses in. So itís with great, great, great sadness that I have to admit that Check it Out With Dr. Steve Brule--which features John C. Reilly as the familiar doctor from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!--is unwatchable. I mean, there are only twelve episodes in the set, which encompasses two seasons, and theyíre all awful. Honestly, the only funny thing about any of the episodes is when Tim and Eric reprise their roles as Jan and Wayne Skylar, ďthe only married news team,Ē from Tom Goes to the Mayor and Awesome Show. Those scenes are hilarious, even in a set that isn't.

That said, the main problem with these twelve episodes is that Dr. Brule shouldnít have whole episodes centered around him. Itís the same problem I have with The Cleveland Show on Fox. Cleveland was a good enough character on Family Guy in spurts, but a whole show about him? I mean, how dumb could you possibly be to give that bland ass character an entire series? The same goes for Dr. Steve Brule. He can only add Rís to words that donít need them (ďPrizzaĒ) for so long before it wears thin, and it wears thin by the second episode. By the first episode, actually. He does it for almost every word he says.

Still, I must admit that I couldnít stop laughing once or twice during my viewing of the set. In the episode, ďBoats,Ē Dr. Brule canít stop raving about boats and about how he has four or five of them back home. But the moment he steps on board one, he canít stop throwing up. Itís that kind of lunacy that I wish was carried throughout the whole series, but alas, itís not here. Instead, there are more dumb faces and skipping audio tracks that only serve to show the shittiness of the program. I mean, I get it. The show is meant to reflect a low-budget, after hours program, but every episode doesnít have to rely on that as its only joke. It gets old, fast.

To add to the crumminess of this DVD is the fact that there really arenít any special features other than deleted and extended scenes, which donít do much for the already lousy episodes. What I would have liked to have seen is Dr. Brule and Jan and Wayne Skylar all in character, doing commentaries together, kind of like on the This is Spinal Tap special features. What I definitely didnít wantóand thankfully, didnít getówas Tim and Ericís surprisingly boring commentary, because that would have been just painful; almost as painful as sitting through all 12 episodes and watching the extended and deleted scenes (as I did). In fact, Iíd swear that some of these episodes actually feature segments from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and if true, shame on them. How can there be repeats on here? Whatís the deal?

Even worse is that the menu tricks you. As soon as you turn the DVD on, you see one of the few Tim and Eric segments in the show that focuses on all three of them sleeping in bed together. They begin to slap each other on the ass, repeatedly, for no apparent reason. It may sound stupid, and it is, but thatís the kind of comedy I was hoping for with the entire series. And thatís what stings the mostóthat the show is almost entirely just Steve Brule. If it had been more of a variety show with more characters, kind of like an unofficial Season Six to Awesome Show, it would have been much, much better. Sure, some of the familiar faces stop by, like the puppet enthusiast, David Liebe Hart, and thatís all fine and good, but the show lacks the spontaneity and zaniness thatís needed to make Steve Brule work. So once again, just like I did with Tim and Ericís Billion Dollar Movie, Iím going to have give another Tim and Eric production only one star. I hope this isnít the new, unfunny direction for the duo. Pass on Check It Out With Dr. Steve Brule. For your health.



Length:132 min.
Distributor: Adult Swim
Release Date: 10/16/2012
Starring: John C. Reilly
Directed by: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
Written by: John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim
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