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'A Night at the Roxbury'

By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 2, 1998

  Movie Critic

A Night at the Roxbury
The Butabi brothers take their skit to the big screen in "A Night at the Roxbury." (Paramount)

Peter Markle; John Fortenberry
Will Ferrell;
Chris Kattan;
Elisa Donovan;
Gigi Rice;
Richard Grieco;
Loni Anderson
Running Time:
1 hour, 23 minutes
Contains testosterone poisoning, comic sex and a couple of rude words

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You know those two guys from "Saturday Night Live" who play the sleazy lounge lizards? No, not the "wild and crazy guys" that Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd created years ago. I'm talking about Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell – the ones who wear those cheap, shiny suits and gold chains and shake their heads from side to side in time to that annoying disco song. No? Well then, "A Night at the Roxbury" is not the movie for you. If you do know who I'm talking about, then you already either love them or you hate them.

Personally, I love them. I can't look at Chris Kattan's half-simian, half-human countenance and rubbery little body or Will Ferrell's mug of dim incomprehension without laughing. But that's just me. Even I will admit that this TV skit stretched out to a filament-thin 83 minutes is idiotic, but I mean that in a good way.

The story could not be simpler: Brothers Doug and Steve Butabi (Kattan and Ferrell) try to get into the exclusive Roxbury nightclub and possibly get laid. Midway through the screening I attended, there was a mass exodus of white-haired moviegoers who seemed to have wandered into the wrong theater, but the movie is actually relatively inoffensive – and rather funny – if you don't mind jokes about back hair and can stomach the sight of Kattan and Ferrell in thong bathing suits.

Added cheese factor: A pneumatic-looking Loni Anderson portrays the boys' mother and, playing himself, a good-natured Richard Grieco appears as Doug and Steve's childhood idol.

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