Almost Heroes

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Adventure, Comedy, Historical

A low, mildly vulgar farce about a ragtag crew of morons and misfits racing the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. The year is 1804, and aristocratic Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry), a self-aggrandizing sissy who fancies himself a naturalist, engages the rough-hewn Bartholomew Hunt (the late Chris Farley, in his last role) to help him steal Lewis...read more

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A low, mildly vulgar farce about a ragtag crew of morons and misfits racing the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. The year is 1804, and aristocratic Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry), a self-aggrandizing sissy who fancies himself a naturalist,

engages the rough-hewn Bartholomew Hunt (the late Chris Farley, in his last role) to help him steal Lewis and Clark's glory. Of course, the famous explorers have a two-week head start, and three-quarters of the Edwards and Hunt expedition decamps for New Orleans before the trip gets started, but

Edwards will not be daunted. Soon he and his band are up to their britches in Indians (whose attitudes towards white men range from benevolently indifferent to downright friendly), wacky conquistadors led by a vain hair fetishist (Kevin Dunn) and such fearsome woodland creatures as bears, eagles

and a squirrel with an acorn. "It's got something in its hand!" screams a neophyte backwoodsman before opening fire on the offending rodent. The gags rely heavily on boogers, bird poo and sheep dung, and Farley falls down with monotonous regularity. Perry, the high-strung Chandler Bing of TV's

Friends, has a pleasant screen presence that's somewhat undermined by his chinlessness, which is less apparent on the small screen than the large. How fortuitous, then, that Farley was blessed with more than enough chins for the both of them.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A low, mildly vulgar farce about a ragtag crew of morons and misfits racing the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific. The year is 1804, and aristocratic Leslie Edwards (Matthew Perry), a self-aggrandizing sissy who fancies himself a naturalist, engag… (more)

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