Making the Grades
Larry (Larry the Cable Guy who is really Daniel Lawrence Whitney) is a lazy cuss who likes sitting around drinking beer with his buddies Bill (Bill Engvall) and Everett (DJ Qualls). Somehow these three guys, who race to outdo each other as underachievers, managed to get through basic training and are now weekend warriors with the National Guard.
During their monthly two days of service, Sgt. Kilgore (Keith David) pays them a visit and informs them they will be deployed into full time operations in Iraq. Reluctantly, they leave for duty, with Larry leading the way with off-color sexual remarks and derogatory jokes about Arabs. But their flight to the Middle East comes in for an unscheduled landing when the plane encounters rough weather.
Through a series of unbelievable circumstances, the three amigos end up on the ground... in Mexico. The only problem is they aren't bright enough to figure that out. Looking for the nearest village where they can begin shooting people, it is some time before they realize they have invaded a friendly country and are on the verge of sparking an international incident.
With the capacity to insult Arabs, Mexicans, homosexuals and anyone speaking with a Southern dialect, this film isn't for audiences who demand (or just appreciate) political correctness. It also won't fly with those who are offended by sexual innuendo (with a particular focus on gay jokes). Other content concerns include frequent moderate profanities, violence with guns and other weapons, along with hand-to-hand conflict.
Nor will this entertainment experience impress viewers expecting even a modicum of intelligence in a movie script. As each person in this film attempts to one-up the other in a race toward stupidity, their cynical humor and stereotyped characters sends rude, crude and intolerant messages to young audiences. Dishing out an extra-large helping of Larry's trademark ultra-redneck attitude, the only good thing to be said about this failed fiesta is it's mercifully short.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Delta Farce.
Stereotyped characters are an easy way for a screenwriter to present people that audiences already “know.” Do you think these depictions of ethnic and other marginalized groups act to reinforce negative attitudes? What movie or television examples can you think of that shatter these stereotypes?