The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

ISBN 13: 9780792843450

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

 
9780792843450: The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave
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Break out the body-casts! The world's most painfully hilarious stuntman is back with a powder-keg of laughs! Super Dave Osborne (Bob Einstein) gives a crash course in comedy in this wacky adventure of daredevil antics, whip-lash humor and crash-test love that'll break every funny bone in your body! Things couldn't get much worse for Super Dave. After a near-fatal accident he discovers that he's been bankrupted by his swindling manager and foreclosed on by the bank. Devastated and ready to hang up his crash helmet, Super Dave finds strength in a klutzy-but-cute single mom (Gia Carides, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me!) and her ailing young son, Timmy. And when he learns that Timmy needs an expensive heart operation, Super Dave shuns retirement to raise the money. Even if it means facing off against his arch enemy, Gil, a slimy sports promoter (Dan Hedaya, Dick), to once again prove that he's not only the most outrageous dare-devil he's also the most accident-prone!

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"Kids, don't try these stunts at home." Super Dave Osborne is Evel Knievel with a lobotomy, a klutzy stunt superstar powered by guts, courage, and pure moral integrity--which makes up for a single digit I.Q. Created as the daredevil alter ego of former Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour writer and sketch performer Bob Einstein, his entire schtick is based on ambitious stunts gone horribly, and comically, wrong. He's crushed by falling objects, sent flying by exploding vehicles, and flattened by one fall after another, all with the stoic (one might say stupid) calm of a Zen masochist. Such gags were funny in the short bursts of the cable series that spawned Super Dave, but wear thin in his first feature-length comedy, a spoof involving a sleazy promoter (Dan Hedaya), the accident-prone mother of a terminally ill boy, a ranch full of mimes (!), and a climactic half-mile leap over trucks packed with dynamite and toxic waste. The juvenile comedy is played like a Saturday morning cartoon with fart jokes, big and broad, and the stunts look as phony as they are. It might tickle the funny bone of adolescents, but will hold little interest for anyone over the age of 12. --Sean Axmaker

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