AGED AND CONFUSED"
by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5 stars)
Bill Engvall as HIMSELF
Studio: Warner Bros.
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One of the pioneers of modern blue-collar comedy, Bill Engvall, takes on some new topics in his most recent comedy special ďAged and Confused.Ē Having garnered an eponymous television show and multiple comedy releases, this Texas-born everyman takes a look back at his life and career.
WHAT I LIKED
I may not be a redneck, nor a blue-collar worker, but I have found over the years that I have thoroughly enjoyed the blue-collar comedy that is coming out of our beloved flyover country. Hell, itís funny stuff, and itís far more relateable than a prissy coastal comedian talking about wheat grass and their therapy sessions.
Thereís a down-to-earth nature you get from Engvall and his associates from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. And Engvall strikes new ground in this stand-up special, taking a look at what itís like to grow older in todayís America as well as how he deals with his own fame (or lack thereof).
Sure, thereís some old comedy stand-bys, like dealing with sex and relationships at his age (now in his 50s) as well as some good, old fashioned fart humor in his recollection of what it was like to get a colonoscopy. With a name like ďAged and Confused,Ē you can expect to get a more retrospective look than what youíd find in a special from a young, hip comedian.
Over the past year, Iíve reviewed a number of stand-up specials, and Iíve found that by the time a comedian is big enough to garner his own studio DVD release, heís lived enough to see his life slow down, his body parts start sagging and what itís like to raise a family. As someone just barely on the right side of 40, I can relate to a lot of what Engvall has to say. These DVDs are not for the kids in college, but rather for their parents... or who might be their parents in about ten years.
WHAT I DIDNíT LIKE
Not having listened to much of Engvallís comedy before this release, itís hard to compare to his earlier work. However, there does seem to be some maturity that comes along with it. Part of this special does seem to rely on being familiar with his tone and comedy before watching, so itís doesnít exactly do a bang-up job grabbing new listeners.
Additionally, this is a bare-bones package, which could have been more generous to people looking for some extra features.
The DVD comes with a six-minute bonus track, which amounts to the encore segment from his show. Thereís a moment of sincerity at the beginning as he thanks the audience for their years of support, which is very endearing.
WHOíS GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Fans of Bill Engvall and his humor that changes with his age.