Danny Trejo only bright spot in Larry the Cable Guy’s ‘Delta Farce’
If only Danny Trejo had been the main star in this movie…
Daniel Whitney, also known as Larry the Cable Guy, should consider firing his movie agent and getting new representation. Someone who will tell him gross one-liners and comedy involving bodily functions tend to get old quickly. Someone who will encourage him to do more movies like Cars and less like the turkeys Witless Protection and Health Inspector. Yes, Whitney’s trademark phrase “Git-r-done” is cute and endearing.
Last night, I saw the aptly-named Delta Farce, a pun of the military movie Delta Force and a farce.
Here’s what I liked about the film: Danny Trejo, one of my sentimentally favorite actors, was hilarious in his role as the evil “jefe” (Spanish for “boss”) Carlos Santana. Not the singer, of course.
What I didn’t like: Everything else. And I mean everything. It was as bad as You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
Delta Farce in a nutshell: three buddies in the Army reserves get called up for duty in Iraq. Among them are LCG playing a guy named—yep, you guessed it—Larry, a restaurant worker humiliated by his ex-girlfriend when she publicly tells him she’s pregnant with another man’s baby.
Being a veteran, I know the trio’s being in the reserves is something straight out of a suspend-your-disbelief comedy since none of them are in shape and since Larry is way overweight (by military standards, that is).
So, they fly to Iraq. Their plane is overloaded, so the three along with their commanding master sergeant are accidentally unloaded over Mexico, about 500 kilometers (300 miles) from Mexico City, which they promptly mistake for Iraq and start trying to take over a village and act like second-rate parodies of Rambo.
I never knew any flight paths where American military planes, taking off from the mainland and headed to the Middle East, would fly that far into Mexico. And, of course, it amazes me that these three “soldiers” didn’t observe the music, the way the women were dressed, the language being spoken and think, hey, this doesn’t look Arabic. But then, maybe not everybody has an ear for languages and the sense to observe when things don’t seem quite right.
Amidst Larry’s gross humor, they save the village from El Jefe and Larry ends up winning the heart of a gorgeous Mexican señorita and forgets all about his knocked-up ex-girlfriend.
I chuckled only once in the first 45 minutes or so of this film and then started laughing at Trejo’s character. He’s a comical bad guy who has to keep telling people he’s not the Carlos Santana. I found this hilarious, a gag nicely borrowed from Mike Judge’s playbook (a computer programmer in Office Space is named Michael Bolton). Trejo pulls comedy off very well and was really the only part of the movie that was funny. Among his funny spots was his decision to shoot a ventriloquist dummy whose jokes he didn’t like.
If not for Trejo, I would’ve skipped this film. One of these days, I’ll have to reserve a blog posting for him exclusively.
I suspect this is one of those films rushed through the script writing process. Some ideas, such as 1994’s Surviving the Game, are good ones that get mangled through bad writing or bad editing. Delta Farce was just one of those mediocre vehicles where movie executives mistakenly thought Larry the Cable Guy could carry everything on his back.
The movie also has Glenn Morshower of 24 and Friday Night Lights fame in it. But even with these two men, I’d advise you to either fast forward to where Trejo’s scenes begin or skip this film altogether.
Overall, aside from Trejo’s scenes, I found Delta Farce unwatchable.