Let me start off by saying this film has been promoted the wrong way. Crazy On The Outside has been advertised as a comedy, when in fact the film is more of a drama. The film reunites director and star Tim Allen (Home Improvement, Wild Hogs) with former co-stars Julie Bowen (Joe Somebody), Sigourney Weaver (Galaxy Quest), Kelsey Grammer (Toy Story 2), and Ray Liotta (Wild Hogs). Film also stars Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) and JK Simmons (Juno, Spider-Man).
The film follows Tommy (Allen) who just got out of jail for three years trying to put his life together. His crazy sister Vicky (Weaver) lets him stay at her house, although Tommy realizes Vicky hasn’t been truthful over the past few years. To add to the problem, Tommy is falling for his parole officer Angela (Tripplehorn). The film continues with a few funny moments, but it is truly the heart of it that pulls you in.
What this film lacks in comedy (which is a lot), it really pulls through as a character-based drama. Throughout the film you really pull for Tommy to keep his life on track and not fall back to the dark side with Gray (Liotta) or to end up with Kristy (Bowen). While this is probably not one of Allen’s greatest films, it definitely isn’t as bad as For Richer or Poorer. Every cast member shines in this film, although the parts for Simmons and Grammer were short, but memorable. Those two were probably the funniest throughout the movie.
It’s hard to grade this film. If I was to grade it as a comedy, the score would be tremendously low. But on the other hand, if it were a drama, it would be a bit higher. For the sake of things I will go in the middle, but please don’t think you shouldn’t check out the movie. It possesses many great qualities of a film. Just don’t expect a hilarious laugh out loud comedy in the vein of other Allen films like Wild Hogs or Galaxy Quest.
Final Grade: 7.5/10
Crazy On The Outside was released independently this January, and many people still have not heard of this film. It is available to rent at any location, but only available to buy new at Target.
Bonus features include a behind-the-scenes documentary and a gag reel. Both are included on the Blu-ray as well as the standard DVD. Also, both include a digital copy for your computer, iPod, or other portable media device.