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Nature Calls (Blu-ray Review)

20 Jan, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff



Street 1/22/13
Magnolia
Comedy
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language and some sexual content/nudity.
Stars Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle.

Boys will be boys, no matter their age or surroundings. Nature Calls is a lighthearted jaunt that proves this point, showing what happens when a Boy Scout troop leader and a motley crew of youngsters run amok in the wilderness.

Randy (Patton Oswalt), and his cohorts Little Eddie (Eddie Rouse) and Drew (Robert Longstreet), are bummed when their scouts bail on a planned camping trip, opting instead to go to a slumber party at the house of Randy’s polar-opposite brother, Kirk (Johnny Knoxville). Kirk and his wife, Janine (Maura Tierney), hope the sleepover will help their adopted African son, Dwande (Thiecoura Cissoko), come out of his shell.

Dwande would much rather be one with nature, instead of endure the rambunctious crowd of boys — including his dad and his obnoxious friend, Gentry (the ever-hilarious Rob Riggle) — at his house, where big-screen TVs are plentiful and foul language flows like water.

Exhibiting a lapse in judgment, Randy talks Dwande and the boys into going on that camping trip after all, unbeknownst to their parents. For Randy, it’s an important outing, as it likely will be the last time his aged father can enjoy the wilderness like in the good ol’ days.

When Janine and Kirk discover that the kids are missing, Kirk, Gentry and Mr. Caldwell (played by the late Patrice O’Neal) rush to the nature park to return the boys before their mothers find out. Of course, their plan is foiled, making for mischief and frivolity that include a randy ranger (Darrell Hammond), illegal fireworks and a naked woman on a motorcycle, among other surprises.

In the end, Dwande becomes a true leader, the boys are wiser and the brothers come to a new understanding. In all, Nature Calls is good-natured fun.


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