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The Sasquatch Gang (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy | January 2006 (USA)
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Young fantasy and science fiction aficionado Gavin Gore and his friends stumble onto some huge footprints in the woods. A local cop, reporter, and a renowned Sasquatch authority investigate, while two of Gavin's dim-witted neighbors hatch a scheme to profit from the situation.

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Tim Skousen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Long ... Zerk
Jeremy Sumpter ... Gavin
Addie Land ... Sophie
Joey Kern ... Shirts
Rob Pinkston ... Maynard
Michael Mitchell Michael Mitchell ... Shane
Hubbel Palmer ... Hobie
Jon Gries ... Chilcutt
Ray Santiago ... Crone
Jeff D'Agostino ... Dagan
Carl Weathers ... Dr. Artimus Snodgrass
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Dalrymple
Veanne Cox ... Lenora
Jon Heder ... Laser Tag Employee
Rebecca Lowe Rebecca Lowe ... Sophie's Mom
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Young fantasy and science fiction aficionado Gavin Gore and his friends stumble onto some huge footprints in the woods. A local cop, reporter, and a renowned Sasquatch authority investigate, while two of Gavin's dim-witted neighbors hatch a scheme to profit from the situation.

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An epic tale of nerds and turds.

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sasquatch Gang See more »

Filming Locations:

Banks, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,458, 2 December 2007

Gross USA:

$9,458

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,458
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Goofs

In the "Laser Barn" when Shane and Gavin are the only ones left, toward the bottom of the screen a microphone is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Zerk Wilder: Sometimes you gotta spank the baby when it wants it bottle and cant have it!
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Connections

References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Escape From Earth
Written and Performed by Halfway To Gone
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A poor man's Napoleon Dynamite – but with a better narrative structure
20 November 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

Writer/director Tim Skousen recreates the cultish small-town culture of Napoleon Dynamite with equally absurd but deft strokes. Although The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang largely proves a rehash of the latter, it boasts of a refreshingly crisp non-chronological narrative structure which, in many ways, makes it a more complete film that NP was.

The story is also more focused, zooming in on a nerd gang that stumbles upon Bigfoot findings in the woods. They decide to tell the police and media about it to see if the tracks actually belong to the mythical Sasquatch. It is set in an unnamed small town in America during an unnamed decade. For conflicting clues, the video store only carries VHS format – but ebay.com exists. The nerd gang is headed by Gavin (Jeremy Sumpter) who regrettably never truly embodies the nerd his character is made out to be. By contrast, all other characters gleefully channel Napoleon Dynamite and its sprawling surge of geekdom in the form of recording fantasy films, hanging out in the video store, doing amateur detective work and engaging in medieval sword-fighting.

Let us talk about structure. Clever comic book montages are interjected at the beginning of each new segment and each of these segments tells the story from one or two character's point of view, covering the chain of events with a fresh perspective. The film is only 84 minutes long and it feels every bit as condensed, giving us no remotely disposable passages. Central to all detours and diversions is the mighty Bigfoot and the level of seriousness with which people regard this phenomenon is hilarious. The humour in general is often in-tune and arguably the consistently bare-chested "Shirts" (Joey Kern) sits in the front row for laughter in the film. Indeed, the The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang tips over into absurdist humour with the same frequency as Napoleon Dynamite but it sadly never manages as funny as the latter. This can best be attributed to the lack of novelty of the dark indie quirkiness two years later.

The acting is generally atrocious, it needs to be said. Great comedy often stems from this, but in the end the hamminess of the performers is simply awe-inspiring as they choke on line after line and overdo the absurdity of the situations. Of course, stellar acting is not in focus in a film like this these shortcomings are easily overlooked. I think Tim Skousen has done something rather safe but still enjoyable here: he has taken a big gulp out of nerd culture, nodding politely to Napoleon Dynamite, and plugging his product in with cameos by John Heder and Jon Gries. The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang is funny, quirky, short, sweet and forgettable enough to watch over and over again.

7 out of 10


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