The Marc Pease Experience is not a great movie by any means, but it’s hardly as terrible as some sources would cause you to believe.  If you read other reviews about it or see the low ratings at IMDB.com (3.9 out of 10) or RottenTomatoes (17%), you probably won’t want to watch it.

For my money, it’s not as bad as movies which Ben Stiller was in which were more highly rated like Along Came Polly (5.8 IMDB / 26% Rotten Tomatoes), Envy (4.6 / 7%), or other such films for Jason Schwartzman like Slackers (4.9 / 10%) or even I Heart Huckabees (6.8 / 62%).

Even though the quirkiness of Schwartzman’s character might make this movie seem like the next coming of the very awesome Wes Anderson movie “Rushmore”, it’s not.  If Wes Anderson got 2/3 of the way through writing Rushmore (with Owen Wilson) and half-assed the rest of the script and then half-assed the direction and production and finishing touches, the two movies might be on par, but they’re not.

It’s a shame, because it’s a decent concept with interesting side characters, including my first experience with Anna Kendrick, who does a good job with what she’s given in the part of the love interest in this movie.

I caught this film on television, so I didn’t have to question whether or not my money was going to be wasted on it.  My DVR was otherwise unoccupied for the timeslot and it didn’t force me to erase anything to fit it in, so I didn’t have much invested in it.

If you can make a similarly small investment, you probably won’t be too disappointed by the film.  With Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick and Jay Paulson, it would have to try really hard to be terrible.

Just to be on the safe side, if you rent it, pick up some beer or wine on the way home.


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