Delta Farce

Delta Farce was written by Bear Arnold and directed by C.B. Harding. It stars Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, DJ Qualls, David Trejo and Keith David. Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall starred together (along with Jeff Foxworthy and Ron White) in “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” and “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again.” This was a movie that Larry the Cable Guy wanted to make after visiting soldiers and marines in Walter Reed Army Hospital. He had originally wanted Jeff Foxworthy to Co-star, but Foxworthy was busy with “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

I have to say upfront, this was the funniest movie I have seen in a long time. Most critics despised it, but it was not really a “critic” type movie. I’ll admit, it appeals to a certain sense of humor that is not typical of the Hollywood elite. Still, it took in a respectable 3.4 million dollars in its opening weekend, placing it at number 5 in the top ten grossing movies for the weekend. The humor was a bit crude, hence its PG-13 rating. Still, I am not ashamed to say I liked this movie.

It opened with Larry (Larry the Cable Guy) working as a waiter in a restaurant. He was excited to hear his girlfriend was pregnant, but upset to find out it was from another man. His friends Bill (Bill Engvall) and Everett (DJ Qualls) convince him to go drill with them. The three are in the Army Reserves but do not take it very seriously. They are rather surprised when Sergeant Kilgore (Keith David) shows up to tell them they have been mobilized and are heading to Fallujah, Iraq.

After a weekend of training they board a C-130 transport. The three go into a Hummer to get some sleep, but during a storm the pilots ditch some cargo over Mexico. The three awaken in the Mexican desert believing they are in Iraq. They mistakenly think their sergeant is dead and proceed to bury him in a very shallow grave. That is only the first of many mistakes. The when they see a village of La Miranda being harassed by bandits, they think they have found insurgents at their “objective.” The drive into the village guns blazing and drive off the “insurgents” except for one that Larry captures.

The village hails them as heroes, and throws a big party for them. However, they soon learn they were dropped there by mistake and the “insurgents” were actually bandits who belong to a gang headed by the fierce and vile Carlos Santana (David Trejo). Bill wants to head back, but Larry insists they must help the village. After all, in a sense Carlos Santana is a terrorists and if they leave before finishing the job they started, “then the terrorists win.”

They prepare for a showdown with the bandits, and do remarkably well, but Sergeant Kilgore, who had regained consciousness and followed the three to the village, shows up at precisely the wrong moment and winds up being captured. Larry, Bill and Everett head to Carlos’ base to rescue their sergeant. They manage to rescue him just after his “torture,” ie. having been forced to sing “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher.

They destroy all of Carlos’ vehicles as they leave for La Miranda. This makes Carlos very angry and he decides to wipe the village off the face of the map. This of course sets the stage for the final heroic showdown where the three soft, out of shape army reservists face a band of hardened Mexican thugs. The three might not have much skill, but they have plenty of heart and inspire the villagers to make a stand for themselves and for their village.

I won’t give away its ending, but it is just as entertaining as the rest of the movie. There is truly never a dull moment in this film. Even with the increasing ticket prices of today, this movie was worth the price of admission. I think the best way to describe it would be as a cross between “The Three Amigos” and “Hamburger Hill.” If that comedy and that war movie got together and had a kid, it would be called “Delta Farce.”