Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)

Movie Title: Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Year Released: 2006

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 29min

Genre: Comedy

Director: Trent Cooper

Writer: Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer

Starring: Larry the Cable Guy, Iris Bahr, David Koechner, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Brooke Dillman, Joanna Cassidy, Megyn Price, Bruce Bruce, Joe Pantoliano, Kid Rock, Jerry Mathers, Lisa Lampanelli

Review: Larry the Cable Guy, everyone's favorite "Blue Collar" comedian, is now a city health inspector making sure that all eateries from roadside diners to 5-star restaurants are on the up-and-up. But when a series of food poisonings start disqualifying several well-known establishments from a competitive cook-off, Larry and his new partner Butlin (Iris Bahr) must find out who's responsible before everyone loses their lunch!

I think Larry the Cable Guy is a very funny guy. He's a great standup comic, plus he's very charismatic and has humility to spare. It's such a shame that Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector isn't a very good movie. That's not to say that it's not funny. It's quite funny. It just has that problem that a lot of comedies have when a comedian is the protagonist - when they're doing their thing the movie is funny, but when there's a plot rears its ugly head it seems to pump the breaks on the funny.

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector is a rather forgettable comedy which is tough to believe since you have such great comedic talent seen all through the movie. Besides Larry you have David Koechner, Tony Hale, Thomas F. Wilson, Brooke Dillman, Bruce Bruce, Joe Pantoliano, Lisa Lampanelli, and the very hilarious Iris Bahr as Larry's put-upon partner. Two of cast members really get the shaft when it comes to characters. Joanna Cassidy doesn't have much to do as a restaurant owner that seems a bit on the shady side, but it's Megyn Price who gets a thankless underwritten role as Larry's love interest. Both actresses are very talented, but are underutilized.

I will say that this movie seems have been heavily edited because several of its characters are introduced and have a role within the plot, but seem to get forgotten about completely or until the very end of the movie as to wrap up something that was established early on. It's kind of a mess, but man, oh man, is it funny.

Now, with that said, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector is full of very non-PC humor which has a tendency to offend those without a sense of humor. Most would have no problem making fun of Larry the Cable Guy's southern charms and hillbilly hijinks, but it's Larry himself that puts his sleeve-less shirted, rusty pickup truck driving, fart-ripping butt in the barrel. He can't make fun of himself fast enough and I really believe that is what's appealing about him. He's a funny character and his ignorant nature makes him the target for our chuckles.

So if Larry is your guy for funny one-liners, flatulence jokes, and southern-fried stupid then watch Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and "Git-R-Done!"

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The "Larrymobile" closely resembles Larry's character Mater the tow truck from Cars, released a few months before this film.


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