Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra is the most hilarious comedy of 2017 so far. Featuring one of my favorite comediennes, Melissa McCarthy, as the constantly frazzled and panicky Debra, the movie is filled to the brim with gags and goofs that will leave your jaw on the floor and your tummy in deep, deep pain.
Before I go any further, I want to caution anyone going into Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra expecting plot, character development, theme, coherent tone or continuity. Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra has none of those elements but instead contains a wealth of jokes, pranks, pratfalls and goofs. It’s basically a gag machine, no more, no less and faster you accept that the more you will enjoy each and every laugh the movie delivers to your ears, mouth and throat.
My favorite moment in Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra is when Debra is running through the dentist’s office and hits her head smack dab into one of those surgical lights attached to a long metal arm that hangs over you when you go in for an examination. It’s one of the many collisions that Debra suffers due to her perpetual and vertiginous anxiety.
Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra is primarily a vehicle for Melissa McCarthy to exhibit her bottomless well of comedic gifts. But it would be a dereliction of my responsibility as a film critic if I neglected to mention Dan Hedaya’s performance in the supporting role of Debra’s long-suffering uncle Barry J. Barrini. Hedaya inhabits Barry J. Barrini with a measure of depth and pathos by speaking with a pronounced stutter. I’ve never laughed harder than when Debra trips over a power cord causing all the lights in the room to turn off and uncle Barry to scream “Deb – Deb – Deb – Deb – Deb – Debra!!!!!”
TL;DR – If you’re looking for a gag machine to charge up your funny bone, run as fast as you can to a theater that’s playing the most sidesplitting romp of the year so far.
What the rest of the critics are saying:
“The cinematic equivalent of laughing so hard that you start coughing which makes you want to laugh even more but you have to take a deep breath and drink a glass of water instead.” – Jit Bingle, Austin Chronicle
“Confirms once again and perhaps for all time that Melissa McCarthy is among the brightest stars in the comedic firmament, the heavens of our laughter, and beyond.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Dare we ask whether Debra’s misadventures may continue in further movies? As much as I hope Melissa McCarthy is not trapped in a single role or franchise, I must confess my desire to see Debra appear again on the silver screen in a year or two’s time.” – Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata, Salon.com
“Melissa McCarthy will literally bend over backwards for a laugh. And it’s no coincidence that Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra‘s best scene is when Debra must bend over a divan backwards to avoid being squeezed to death.” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
“I don’t know if Deb Deb Deb Deb Deb Debra this is a movie. You could rearrange the scenes in any order with nothing lost or gained. In other words, it’s a YouTube playlist that features a lot of head trauma videos.” – Hayley Moozure, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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