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“Killing Hasselhoff” Playing the Odds

When it comes to David Hasselhoff in a movie you can bet he’s at the top of his ego.  Even with a title like Killing Hasselhoff he steals the show in every scene he appears and sometimes with just a smile or a frown.  Now out on DVD the movie has a long list of A list talent that adds to all the fun in this raunchy comedy.  If you want a big laugh on a dreary evening at home, check this one out.

When it comes to David Hasselhoff in a movie you can bet he’s at the top of his ego.  Even with a title like Killing Hasselhoff he steals the show in every scene he appears and sometimes with just a smile or a frown.  Now out on DVD the movie has a long list of A list talent that adds to all the fun in this raunchy comedy.  If you want a big laugh on a dreary evening at home, check this one out.

 

Jon Lovitz and David Hasselhoff in KILLING HASSELHOFF

Every year Chris (Ken Jeong) antes up his $500 for the Celebrity Death Pool.  The betting game involves choosing a famous star and if that person dies within the year you win the massive pot now closing in on nearly a half a million dollars.  Chris’s bet is on David Hasselhoff and although he’s a big fan of the Hoff, the money means more to him.

 

Ken Jeong as Chris in KILLING HASSELHOFF

Owner of the Habitat, a Hollywood night club, Chris has been having trouble lately and has gotten in over his head in debt to the mob to keep the club going.  His ace up his sleeve even gets lost when Hasselhoff refuses to make an appearance to his club on Celebrity Night.  With the mob calling in his $400,000 debt, Chris goes to his friend Fish to get a clue on how to solve his problem.

The obvious happens and we find Chris searching for a way to “off” Hasselhoff. Director Darren Grant (TV’s “Saints & Sinners”) does a terrific job of creating a lot of comedic build-up in his film and unloading some nice kickers in the finale.  He laces his film with knowns like Rick Fox, Melanie Brown, Howie Mandel, Justin Bieber, Gina Lee Nolan, Michael Winslow, Scott Mescudi, Tony Rock, and several other familiar faces and putting them in scenes to enhance the laughter.

 

Rhys Darby as Fish and Ken Jeong in KILLING HASSELHOFF

But without Ken Jeong (The Hangover) it would not be a winner as he gives one of his best comedic performances as Chris.  Although the film’s title sounds like it’s made as a goof and not meant for the big screen, it is, and makes the comedy even better as home viewing entertainment. Jeong works magic getting laughs from his interaction with every support actor.  When it comes to Hasselhoff, the two were destined to play off each other and it works here.

As for the Hoff, he hasn’t played in a co-starring role in many years, taking cameo bit parts in many movies since the TV show “Baywatch”.  Here he’s suited for the role as his untold number of millions of fans needed him to stretch his legs on the big screen. He’s probably the most recognized celebrity and doesn’t give up lending his face to TV and movie projects.  And, maybe he should make “Superhero” the Musical, LOL.

 

Killing Hasselhoff has been rated R by the MPAA for language and strong sexual references throughout, some nudity, drug use and violence. Please remember to keep your DVD away from children.

The film has a Bonus Extra of several deleted scenes, most of which are a hoot.  There are also a lot of outtakes during the credits so make sure you keep it running to the very last second.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A fun film for a break from the ordinary.

Specifications and additional video information:

Cast: Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Rhys Darby, Jon Lovitz, David HasselhoffDirector: Darren GrantMPAA Rating: R for language and strong sexual references throughout, some nudity, drug use and violenceGenre: ComedyRunning Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Video Release Date: August 29, 2017 Language: EnglishReviewed Format: DVDAudio: Dolby Digital 5.1Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, ThaiNumber of Discs: 1 DiscDistributed by: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 11 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

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