2022 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 30: The Jerky Boys (1995)

30. DEVILS NIGHT: Watch one with mischief, mayhem or pranks in it but please keep the fires to a minimum.

At some amazing point in the 90s, Disney released a movie about two men who made prank calls for a living. Yes, what a time to be alive. The Jerky Boys mean more to me than just about any other form of comedy if I’m honest and I don’t care what that says about my taste. If you talk to me for any length of time, there’s a very good chance that you will hear me say something from them, whether it’s “Real proud of ya,” “call you when,” or “I hear you Greeks like tunnels.”

This movie — directed by James Melkonian (The Stoned Age) and written by Melkonian, Rich Wilkes and its stars, Johnny Brennan and Kamal Ahmed — has so much in common with the hijinks films of the 80s. Like, two guys who make prank calls accidentally call the mafia and hijinks ensue.

There’s no way that critics would enjoy this movie. So what? I mean, they got Alan Arkin, Vincent Pastore and William Hickey to be in a movie about crank phone calls and used the universe of those calls — Brett Weir and Uncle Freddy, anyone? — to tell a longform story where there was perhaps none. It has Helmet playing “Symptom of the Universe” and they’re managed by Ozzy and I honestly think they made this movie just for me, because huh?

So yeah. You can say this sucks and I wouldn’t blame you, except I will resent you and wonder about your opinions for the rest of time, jerky.

Also: Captain Lou Albano feels right for this movie.

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