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Other roles include Jennifer Coolidge as a police officer, Chazz Palminteri's uncredited role as gregarious night club impresario Mr. Benny Zadir, and Colin Quinn as his bodyguard Dooey. Ex-SNLer Mark McKinney has a cameo as a priest officiating a wedding.




A Night at the Roxbury



Steve and Doug Butabi are sons of a wealthy businessman and in their spare time, enjoy frequenting nightclubs, where they bob their heads in unison to Eurodance, a European subgenre of EDM, and fail miserably at picking up women. Their goal is to party at the Roxbury, a fabled Los Angeles nightclub where they are continually denied entry by a hulking bouncer.


After discovering that they might bribe their way into the club, the brothers drive around looking for an ATM slamming on the brakes again and again while in traffic causing them to get into a fender-bender with Richard Grieco. Grieco explains to the girl with him in the passenger seat that his car is a racing car and therefore illegal. To avoid a lawsuit, Grieco uses his fame to get them into the popular club. There, they meet the owner of the Roxbury, Benny Zadir, who listens to their idea for their own nightclub. He likes them and sets up a meeting with them for the next day. The brothers also meet a pair of women at the Roxbury: Vivica and Cambi, who see them talking to Zadir and think that the brothers are rich. The women later sleep with Doug and Steve, leading the brothers to think they are in serious relationships.


On the way to the after-party at Mr. Zadir's house, the brothers annoy his driver and bodyguard Dooey by making him stop to buy fluffy whip and making jokes about sleeping with his parents. As revenge, the next day, Dooey refuses them entry into Zadir's office for their meeting. He tells the brothers that Zadir was drunk out of his mind last night and does not know who they are. In reality, Zadir wanted to see them, but does not have their contact information.


The sad thing about "A Night at the Roxbury" is that the characters are in a one-joke movie, and they're the joke. The premise: The Butabi brothers work for their dad (Dan Hedaya) in his artificial flower store. They still live at home with dad and mom (Loni Anderson), but dream of meeting great chicks in Los Angeles nightclubs, where the bouncers treat them like target practice. Finally they get inside on the coattails of TV star Richard Grieco (playing himself, none too well), find a wonderland of improbably buxom babes (Elisa Donovan and Gigi Rice), and get picked up under the mistaken impression that they're part of Grieco's entourage. One suspects that the movie is poking fun at Grieco, but the cues are so muddled that on the other hand, maybe not. The whole party moves on to the home of the club's owner (Chazz Palmenteri in an unbilled role), where the brothers demonstrate that, for them, getting lucky and falling in love are synonymous.


Parents need to know that this comedy is based on an incredibly lowbrow sketch following two club-going brothers who bob their heads, bump into and harass women, and have no greater goal than to make it past the velvet rope at the Roxbury nightclub. As with most broad comedies, there are close-ups of cleavage and sex (or lack thereof) jokes in several scenes. It's not the base potty humor of similar comedies, but it's dumbed-down comedy that's a better fit for teens than tweens.


Picture this ... Chris thinks the new movie should pick up with Will's character married to his love interest from the OG film, Molly Shannon. As for Chris' character, he's got an interesting idea for where Doug's been spending his time, and it's NOT a nightclub!


A Night at the Roxbury is a 1998 comedy movie directed by John Fortenberry, spun off from the recurring Saturday Night Live skit starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan (originating the "Roxbury head-bop", with the brothers (and the guest star) shaking their heads to the Haddaway song "What Is Love"). The movie tells about Doug and Steve Butabi's journey as they get into the biggest and best nightclub in the city.This film provides examples of:


Movies based on popular, recurring "Saturday Night Live" sketches tend to arrive with some fanfare and disappear soon after, largely forgotten by the general public. When was the last time you or anyone you know watched or gave thought to Stuart Saves His Family, It's Pat, or even more recent works like Superstar and The Ladies Man? There are a few exceptions. While no great comic masterpiece, Wayne's World, featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey's basement dwellers, was one lots of people saw, enjoyed, and continue to do so today, along with, to a much lesser degree, its sequel. The Blues Brothers is loved by many, but while it is closely associated with SNL, considering it a direct descendant based on Jake and Elwood's two-time musical guest status is a bit of a stretch.The rest of the class, however, is buried deep within pop culture's consciousness, much like the sketches from which they spawned, only more so, without regularly-scheduled exposure in syndication and coverage in SNL's frequent trips down memory lane. A Night at the Roxbury, released in 1998, nearly stands out from its brethren thanks chiefly to two reasons: frequent television broadcasts (most often on cable's TBS) and for marking the first leading film role of Will Ferrell, who in just a few years has established himself as one of the biggest movie stars to ever graduate from NBC's longtime weekend fixture. In Roxbury, Ferrell and Chris Kattan, his young cast mate on the hip '90s SNL, reprise their roles as two city clubbers often seen bobbing their heads to Haddaway's "What is Love" and ineptly pursuing women in various venues. On "Saturday Night Live", the largely mute pair's trials relied almost purely on the visual aspect for laughs. Whether they were joined by Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, or Sylvester Stallone, or they were pursuing Helen Hunt or Pamela Anderson, the exploits usually played out the same, with the guys in matching rayon suits, gold chains, and sideburns trying to fit in, be cool, and woo the ladies, with very little success and quite a bit of nose rubbing.Roxbury opens with this familiar scene presented in a more polished, predictable fashion. It then proceeds to let us into the lives of Steve (Ferrell) and Doug (Chris Kattan) Butabi, two adult brothers who live at home with their hard-working father (Dan Hedaya) and cosmetically-altered mother (Loni Anderson). During the days, the brothers work at Dad's satin plant shop. When the sun sets, they check out various nightclubs, one of which -- the Roxbury -- continues to elude them for the simple fact that they're not on "the list."Getting their store's van rear-ended by former "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (playing himself) proves to be a grand stroke of luck for Steve and the much-shorter Doug. They're not only admitted into the Roxbury, but they get to talk with the club's owner, Mr. Zadir (Chazz Palminteri, uncredited), a man very concerned with ass-grabbing. The gears inside the Butabi siblings' heads begin turning, as they plan to become big time club owners like their new acquaintance. Meanwhile, they're pursued by Cambi (Elisa Donovan) and Vivica (Gigi Rice), a pair of attractive gold diggers. And then there's Emily (Molly Shannon), a career and marriage-oriented college student whose interest in Steve is perceived as a threat by Doug. He's right, as a relationship forms and divides the close brothers. A Night at the Roxbury won't ever be mistaken for a great, highbrow comedy, but the movie is funny enough and even a little endearing in its depiction of the goofy Butabis and their big dreams. The film benefits from complementing the requisite clubbing sequences with many looks at the brothers' dysfunctional interactions with family, acquaintances, and complete strangers. Ferrell and Kattan deserve a bulk of the credit; they're listed as screenwriters along with Steve Koren (scribe of "SNL", "Seinfeld") and it's evident that they're fully invested in these roles, whether it's wearing nothing but skimpy bathing suits or enduring the neck pain that must come from repeated takes of extended head-bobbing. The script is smarter than expected and gets good mileage out of references to about 15 years worth of pop culture phenoms, from "Joanie Loves Chachi" and Emilio Estevez to Jerry Maguire and "Bill Nye the Science Guy." This material balances out the physical comedy with something more substantial and helps the viewer overlook the movie's occasional misfire, like a deliberately awkward suggested sex scene. Adding to the film's appeal are its trim editing, which has the credits rolling after just 78 minutes and ensures there's no weak subplot or slow stretch detouring the entertainment. The near-constant stream of dance music from the '90s doesn't hurt either and regardless of the comment made otherwise, the song "What is Love" doesn't wear out its welcome even after multiple uses.It's interesting to see how the past nine years have taken Ferrell and Kattan in such different directions, with Ferrell today earning $20 million paychecks as a fairly reliable box office draw and Kattan being relegated to TV movies, voiceover jobs, and low-profile Broadway work. Here, they're equally promising and spirited. While they claim a majority of the screentime, they're backed by a capable supporting cast, which is sprinkled with other '90s "SNL" cast members (Shannon, Colin Quinn, Mark McKinney) and future stars in some of their first big screen appearances (Michael Clarke Duncan, Eva Mendes). Grieco has fun playing with his fading public image, while the generally-underappreciated Hedaya and Lochlyn Munro also give fine, funny turns as the tough, Yemen-emigrated fake flower store owner and a power bar-loving fitness nut, respectively.A Night at the Roxbury becomes the first unquestionable "Saturday Night Live"-spawned movie to get "upgraded" on DVD. Eight years and 4 months after its initial release, it returns to the format as a Special Collector's Edition, arriving alongside the debut of Ferrell's Paramount-distributed DreamWorks comedy Blades of Glory. Sadly, that timing more than worthwhile content seems to have governed this light single-disc release, which includes little crew input and no new cast participation. 041b061a72


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