'Nature Calls' Shockya Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Director: Todd Rohal (‘The Catechism Cataclysm‘)
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Maura Tierney, Rob Riggle, Patrice O’Neal, Darrell Hammond and Thiecoura Cissoko
Brothers often grow up fighting with each other, but when their rivalry continues well into adulthood, they often have trouble accepting the other’s seemingly foolish beliefs and antics. Such is the case with the two main characters in the upcoming comedy ‘Nature Calls,’ which will be released in select theaters on Friday. The brothers in the film are both losing things they believe in, and are experiencing crises of faith, but are still reluctant to accept that they’re old enough to at least acknowledge the other’s choices.
‘Nature Calls’ follows Assistant Scoutmaster Randy Stevens (Patton Oswalt), who is determined to honor his father’s scouting legacy and try to make one last comeback for his dwindling troop. Randy visits his his business-minded brother Kirk (Johnny Knoxville), who is throwing a television-themed slumber party with his wife, Janine (Maura Tierney), for their newly adopted 10-year-old son, Dwande (Thiecoura Cissoko), at their mansion. Randy pressures the boys to secretly leave the party and join him on a weekend scout camping trip. When Kirk discovers the boys are missing, he takes his security guard, Gentry (Rob Riggle), to look for them in the woods. The boys are met with trouble from their angry parents and the park rangers, including Ranger Deakins (Darrell Hammond), but the experience ultimately turns them into a troop to be reckoned with.
Writer-director Todd Rohal successfully created a comedy filled with hilarious mayhem that features subtle emotional lessons throughout the course of the plot. Randy means no harm when he takes the boys on the camping trip, ash e just wants them to break free from the influences of their ultra-modern parents and experience a true adolescent experience. The provocative, tongue-in-check film shows Randy coping with his crisis of faith, and despair over the dwindling number of scouts in his troop. He feels that he has to take the boys to show them that they can make their own decisions, and have fun without technology.
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