'Danny Roane: First Time Director'
(Andy Dick, Anthony Rapp, James Van Der Beek, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2007 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Typically raucous comedian Andy Dick directs and stars in this funny but also slightly serious film about Danny Roane (Dick), a novice filmmaker trying to direct his own movie while battling the demands of alcoholism.
DVD Verdict: You know Andy Dick - for a variety of insubstantial reasons, the same reasons why you probably consider him an infamous celebrity rather than a famous talent. Outrageous public behavior, controversial statements, scandalous actions and drug and alcohol addiction can do a lot to overwhelm a promising comedy career, literally and figuratively. Danny Roane: First Time Director is Andy Dick's rather circular attempt to take control of his career again and rediscover some inroads to Hollywood.
As you can well guess, Danny's filmmaking efforts are disastrous! His production designer (Michael Hitchcock) is a masochist who keeps working for Danny despite the abuse he receives. His assistant director (Kevin P. Farley) is gung-ho and eager to please, but also obsessed with shaving all the male actors' body hair.
For his part, Danny casts James Van Der Beek in the leading role and wants Ben Stiller to play a horse (both actors very gamely appear, no doubt owing favors to Andy Dick for one reason or another). And only a few days into production, Danny starts drinking again, goes on a bender, and comes back deciding the film should now be a musical.
If you're the type who enjoys laughing at the drunken clown, Danny Roane will give you reason to rejoice. By the hilarious festival premier of ded drem, the cumulative effect is devastating - ludicrous genius. Even sensitive viewers are let in, as Andy Dick makes it clear that while it's fun to mock the boozed-up fool, that poor shmoe actually needs help. But laugh while the laughing's good, and Danny Roane: First Time Director makes it real good. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Extended Interview Scenes
English and Spanish Subtitles