(Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of this movie for review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
I think we could all use a good laugh right now. Events are being cancelled, we're stuck at home more than ever and who knows when things will get back to normal. I was actually thinking to myself this weekend that San Diego Comic-Con might not happen this year. While that definitely made me sad, it also got me thinking back to my last few years at the event. A constant of the last couple of years were the Impractical Jokers packing Petco Park in San Diego for a big fan experience. Joe, Sal, Murr and Q have also toured the country, bringing their brand of public humiliation to even more live audiences. The Jokers also hit the big screen this year, and now, you can take them home too!
So what is going on in Impractical Jokers: The Movie? Not only do you get some classic Jokers challenges that you'd normally see on truTV, but there is a whole other story going on. There is also a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption. If you're remembering Sal's Jaden Smith tattoo, that should give you some clue as to one of these challenges.
While I certainly understood the idea of the fictional story, the movie really is at it's best when the guys are in their element and doing their thing. There is a particular challenging involving Q giving a presentation at a social influencers conference that is particularly hilarious. If you're already a fan of the show, you won't be disappointed in this movie at all. The fictional story is certainly a bit corny, but that's to be expected. I will say that Paula Abdul is definitely the star of this fictional story, and brings a couple of good laughs of her own. You'll also recognize some other familiar faces in this fictional story, if you're a regular viewer of the show.
Personally, I have been an Impractical Jokers fan for a few years now. Their sometimes over the top punishments and hilarious challenges are great to watch if you're trying to pull yourself out of a funk. It's also very easy to like these guys. Not only can you tell they have fun hanging out together, it might just remind you of a group of friends that you had at one point in your life. There are enough serious things going on in the world right now. Take 90 minutes and just be entertained by this wonderful group of complete idiots. I say that with love, guys!
Impractical Jokers: The Movie is available now on DigitalHD at your favorite digital retailer.