JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT
Review by Gordon Justesen
Creators: Jamie Kennedy, Fax Bahr, Mike Karz, Adam Small
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1
Features: See Review
Length: 594 Minutes
Release Date: October 12, 2004
would you do that to Goldblum!? What's Goldblum ever done to you!? What's
Goldblum ever done to you!?"
Kutcher's Punk'd remains the pivotal
hidden camera series to burst onto the air, you still have to give
actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy credit for basically bringing the hidden camera
show back into the forefront. Few people even stop to remember that not only did
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment come
along before Punk'd, but the show was
already in its second season before Ashton's show even made its debut.
dubbed JKX, is very different from Punk'd
for two specific reasons. The targets of the show are everyday people, as
opposed to celebrities, and Kennedy places himself in every single
"experiment", sometimes going under heavy makeup to make whatever
character he's playing more believable. For his second season, Jamie Kennedy has
returned with even more outlandish sketches which, like last season, produce a
belly of endless laughs.
highlights of the second season, they include some of the more clever pranks
I've seen in recent memory. You may recall my favorite sketch in the first
season was Kennedy's fake court show "Judge Jamie". In that bit, Jamie
portrayed an elderly, senile and occasionally foul mouthed courtroom judge.
Of course, he
wouldn't be able to pull off the same sketch in a returning season, but he found
a way to build upon it. The new show is called "You Be the Judge",
where an observer in the courtroom is chosen to preside over a given case. The
selected judge is given an earpiece, where an actual judge can tell him what
kind of legal jargon to say. When one such judge is asked to define the meaning
of "contempt", the result is priceless.
Jamie also gets
help from a few surprise guests throughout this season. Among the surprise
appearances, they include David Schwimmer, Melissa Joan Hart, and the best guest
appearance of them all, Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum helps out in a prank involving
the premiere of his new fragrance, Simply Jeff Goldblum. The prank involves a
group of male models selected to help sell the cologne, which they soon discover
may be chemically toxic. Will these guys be able to save Goldblum from Goldblum?
Watching someone like Jeff Goldblum completely let loose on a show like this is
something to must be seen.
Oh, and then
there's Ghost Ship: The Musical. Jamie
plays a flamboyant Broadway musical director casting a musical based on the
horror flick. Ghost Ship castmate
Julianna Margulies helps out in the auditions. Mega-producer Joel Silver also
helps out in the bit, and laughs abound when he and Jamie get into a scuffle
over the production results. This of course, puts a dose of fright into the cast
sketch is a staged game show called "Quick Cash", which is the most
confusing game show of all time. One of the contestants, the mark, doesn't know
what to do after he's been given the most incomprehensible game show rules ever
created. It's simply hard not to laugh constantly at this prank. Let's put it
this way, you could be a Princeton scholar and not be able to understand the
rules of this game.
On a down note, the
show has recently been canceled, but the good news is that we can expect the
remaining season of JKX to hit DVD
hopefully within the next year. The show will be missed, but Mr. Kennedy and his
talent of X-ing unsuspecting folk will live on thanks to the DVD format.
is presented, courtesy of Paramount, in its basic full screen format.
The picture quality is exceptional, in between Jamie presenting the sketches
with a studio audience and the hidden camera footage, which is actually well
handled visually. As far as a full screen television show can perform, this is
easily as good as it gets.
The supplied 2.0
Dolby surround track works quite well, most notably when Jamie is presiding over
his audience in between the recorded pranks. Two episodes move the audiences
from the studio to the likes of Las Vegas and even New Orleans during Mardi
Gras, which have some nice sound performance. A very well handled presentation.
Included in this
four disc set is commentary from Jamie Kennedy over selected episodes, and
deleted footage from selected pranks.