It all began when Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Barry Bostwick) was just the Governor of New York. While on a hunting trip with friends, they were attacked by a werewolf, who bit Frank on the leg and gave him "the polio." FDR never walked again.
|Above: polio face, I assume|
There's really no point discussing the acting quality in FDR: American Badass! It's really, really fucking stupid. As such, you can really only grade the actors on how funny or unfunny they are. Barry Bostwick deserves all the credit for making this movie as nearly watchable as it is. He put in a lot of effort to stretch out a very simple gag, and he wasn't afraid to act foolishly in the process.
|Example: Bostwick, covered in buttermilk, humping a pitcher|
|Of course he can fly|
How can I try to objectively criticize the writing and directing of FDR: American Badass!? The title alone lets most people know whether they will love or hate this movie. For those of you on the fence, though, I believe that there are at least sixteen solid minutes of comedy in this film. Unfortunately, the movie is 93 minutes long. Still, director Garrett Brawith keeps a pretty solid pace and encourages the actors to ham it up to an appropriate degree. Ross Patterson's script makes no attempt to be anything other than crude and stupid, and he does it frequently enough that there are guaranteed to be a few truly funny moments.
|Wheelchair of Death|
|Fact: this scene was recreated from an official White House photo|
I guess the only question that matters is whether or not FDR: American Badass! is a good film or not. It's not. Just kidding! Not about the quality of the movie --- it's obviously trash --- but about the important question: the question should be whether or not this movie is funny. The answer, surprisingly, is "sometimes." I hate most comedies, and I loathe the current crop of pop-culture spoofs that make up most of the successful comedies nowadays. I expected to laugh at how bad FDR: American Badass! was, but I found myself actually laughing with the movie at times. It's tedious to watch all of this movie (I would recommend ten-minutes at a time), but in small doses, it can actually be kind of fun.
|Like FDR at an orgy|
At the time of this post, FDR: American Badass! didn't have much information available on the internet. How little, you ask? There's not even a Wikipedia page for it! I didn't know that was even possible.