Actor Dave Sheridan has built up a small following with minor (but memorable) roles in "Scary Movie" (Deputy Doofy) and "Ghost World". "Frank McKulsky, C.I." must have had countless agents telling Sheridan that the film would launch him into stardom the same way that "Ace Ventura" (an awfully similar film) did with Jim Carrey. However, nothing seems to have gone as planned. Sheridan displays none of the comedic timing and sense of parody that he had in previous roles, the dialogue is incredibly unfunny (with the story partially credited to Sheridan himself and the other credit going to Mark Perez, "Country Bears") and somehow, the filmmakers have lured in a legion of stars (Andy Richter, Molly Sims, former wrestler Joanie Laurer, Kevin Pollack, the Hanson brothers, Scott Baio and others) for cameos.
The film stars Sheridan as the title character, a twenty-five year old whose father (Randy Quaid) was a former daredevil who made a spectacularly poor choice one day before attempting a stunt. As a result of the accident, his mom (Dolly Parton) has continued to make him the safest person around, even making young Frank wear a helmet every day. This (along with the unexplained 80's references that run throughout the film) are supposed to be funny.
Frank's a claims investigator and when his partner ends up in a fishtank (don't ask) (played by Kevin Farley, Chris Farley's brother), he decides to find the criminal - the main suspect is Scout Bayou (Enrico Colantoni), who may or may not be faking being injured. To investigate, McKlusky puts on a series of terrible disguises. When everything else fails (and it does), the film falls back on fart jokes.
It doesn't help that the performances are horrid. Sheridan tries to be Jim Carrey and fails miserably - the lowlight being an instance where the character has to fake being a female gymnast and ends up doing a series of what appear to be dance routines. Quaid's character spends most of the film in a coma, so he doesn't have much to do, while Parton seems embarassed.
"McKlusky" was delayed in part due to the release of two similar films: "Master of Disguise" and "Corky Romano". Eventually, it was released in a handful of markets before quicky heading to video. Although I thought Sheridan was capable of something decent based upon his prior roles, "McKlusky" is the kind of film that ruins careers.
VIDEO: "Frank McKlusky" is presented by Touchstone in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. A fairly uninteresting picture visually, the presentation generally does as best it can with limited material. Sharpness and detail are perfectly decent, but are never exceptional, as the film often has a rather flat appearance.
Problems are noticable, but minor. Edge enhancement is present in several scenes, but never any more than a slight amount. The print is in decent condition, with a fair amount of specks and marks, but no major wear. Pixelation or other artifacts aren't seen. The film's basic color palette is reproduced without any concerns.
SOUND: The film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. This is a traditional comedy soundtrack, however. The surrounds aren't put to any use, while the score and dialogue share space fairly well within the front speakers.
EXTRAS: Trailers for "Big Trouble", "Corky Romano" and "Out Cold".
Final Thoughts: Although this is actor Dave Sheridan's first lead role, I wouldn't be surprised if this is his last one. While not the worst comedy I've ever seen, but the pointless film is right up there in the ranks. Buena Vista's DVD edition provides acceptable audio/video quality, but I certainly wouldn't recommend even a rental of this poor attempt at another "Ace Ventura".
The Film 1/2 *