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The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience Review

May 23, 2019 at 3:31am
By Jason Stettner

The Lonely Island Presents The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a Netflix Original film event that’s essentially a parody. It mocks two athletes with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer taking the lead roles here. This is a short presentation, being essentially an elongated music video. Well, a series of music videos that are loosely tied together through small acted segments. There’s no real sense of narrative here, it’s mostly just some intense songs that hold nothing back.

It’s very much over the top, and honestly going in I thought it would be more documentary in style. What I’m referencing is Samberg’s joke type sporting specials on HBO. I was really hoping for that, but this wasn’t bad either. There is a decent selection of songs with some flow to them and they sound fine. I wasn’t necessarily blown away by the music here.

Usually I’m quite a fan of The Lonely Island, and I’m not sure I’d really like to listen to these songs again outside of the movie. The entire listen for this noted film is a half hour, so not a huge time investment.
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This was a very interestingly shot film, it leaned heavily into the whole music video style. That brings lots of CGI style scenes and over the top visuals the entire time.

Occasionally you get some more traditional areas you’d expect from a movie, these are done in a retro style which was interesting. It aimed to be a time piece while also having modern elements, it was weird. Generally the scenes worked well with the music and it was a unique thing to watch. About halfway through I really was wondering what exactly I was watching, definitely strange.

The Conclusion

The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is definitely something unique from The Lonely Island, but not their best work. I didn’t hate it, but it also wasn’t anything too amazing. I sat there and just witnessed it really, hoping for something wild to happen. The music flowed fine, I just didn’t find any of the songs to particularly stick out to me.

That’s a shame as I generally like to listen to their music on the occasion. It was just sort of fine to listen to within the context of the film. I certainly didn’t expect this at all, was hoping for something else going in. It was alright, maybe weaker though I’d say it was on par with what I’ve familiar with when it comes to the group. If you like their other content from over the years, this will be a decent viewing. Hopefully they do more like this, but perhaps not mock something and aim to be purely comedic.

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Rating Overall: 5.5

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner