By Jamie Miller
Well, it finally happened. After eight seasons and countless episodes, the Impractical Jokers have finally hit the big screen like a freight train through a glass house. But was “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” a thumbs up or a thumbs down? Keep reading to find out.
Impractical Jokers started off as a TV show that is a combination of hidden camera, reality and game shows featuring members of the improv group the Tenderloins, Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray and Joe Gatto. The four have been best friends since high school.
Each episode of the TV show often has one rule: if you refuse, you lose – although sometimes there’s a different set of rules depending on the game. Each episode, the jokers, as they’re called, compete in a set of challenges that test how much embarrassment they can take and the depths of their improv skills. Each time they refuse or fail a challenge, they get a “thumbs down.” Whoever has the most thumbs down at the end of the episode is the “big loser” and must complete a “punishment” of which they can’t refuse or they will be kicked off the show.
If you go in expecting the movie to be just like the TV show, then you’d be only half right as some parts of the movie are exactly like the show and others are not even close.
One difference is that there is a fictional storyline in the movie. The Jokers are competing as they’re gifted tickets to a Paula Abdul concert. According to the story, the men ruined one of Abdul’s concerts back when they were teenagers. However, she apparently doesn’t realize it was them and gifts them three tickets to her show. The conundrum is there are four jokers. They decide to compete with the loser not being able to go.
A subplot involves the strange events Murr has going on in his hotel room at night.
All in all, the movie was pretty good. Funny in some parts, hysterical in others. That being said, there were a few scenes that, no matter how hard they tried, just weren’t funny. And, some scenes were just rehashes of older jokes. If you love watching the Impractical Jokers on TV, then this will be right up your alley. I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10.