Review: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Mac and Charlie Write a Movie
by Annie Wu, posted Dec 4th 2009 3:50AM
(S05E11) I think we all need to take a hot second to review what fantastic, life-improving ideas this season has presented us thus far. Earlier, we learned the benefits of funneling box wine into soda cans (beyond the immediate high class appeal of it all). Then we were schooled in the ways of the DENNIS System, allowing us to more efficiently get ladies to bang. And in this episode, we learned that keeping sausage links in your shirt pocket is a smart way to keep your hands free and open to get greasy in other ways.
This is all shaping up to be a fine education, folks. I think it goes without saying that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is Sesame Street for adults.
In this episode: Schemes, schemes and more schemes! Dee got as close as she has ever been to the big time, by nailing a featured extra part in an M. Night Shyamalan film. Mainly the role just involved her being face-down in a puddle of blood for a few seconds onscreen, but, of course, she managed to screw it up somehow. Thank goodness for Kaitlin Olson, by the way, and her willingness to be drenched in red for half an episode and delivering lines like "That slumdog bastard twisted all of us!" Fantastic.
That said, as much as I enjoy watching Dee spectacularly fail at pursuing her Hollywood dreams, I would have loved to see more exploration in the actual "Mac and Charlie Write a Movie" story. All of Mac and Charlie's brainstorming session was complete gold (the oddly specific choice of casting Dolph Lundgren, particularly inspired), as was their teaser poster for Crime Stinks: The Smell of Penetration ("He nose the truth"). Watching Mac and Charlie run around town trying to cobble their script together would have been enough ridiculousness to fill an entire episode by itself, I bet.
Dennis, on the other hand, spent most of the episode rubbing his phone and writing a film script with just his thumbs, I guess. His own shining moment came during his brief contribution to the writing process. It was great enough to warrant me listening to it three times in a row just to transcribe this one little part:
"Then he smells crime again, he's out busting heads. Then he's back to the lab for some more full penetration. Smells crime, back to the lab, full penetration. Crime, penetration, crime, full penetration, crime, penetration -- And this goes on and on and back and forth for 90 or so minutes until the movie just sort of ends."
All in all, a pretty fair episode, a typical example of what one can expect from the series, doubly so because the gang once again ended up as a group of deluded and delighted failures. Except for Dee. She's just a failure.
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