Natural Born Pranksters full movie review - Highly anticipated yet highly let down!
Let me first start off by saying that I am a long time fan of Roman Atwood (been watching his content since day one and continue to watch every day) who in turn introduced me to Vitaly and Dennis.
All three of these guys are very talented and popular in the YouTube world but sadly, their first step into Hollywood was quite a stumble. Being that I follow these three pranksters on YouTube, I had a lot of knowledge about this film prior to seeing it, yet I was curious as to how they were going to incorporate "pranks" into a feature film. Was it going to be a newer version of the Jackass franchise? Was it going to be plot based with some pranks mixed in similar to Sacha Baron Cohen's projects? Or was Roman and the rest of the Natural Born Pranksters going to give us something new and creative? Unfortunately, this ended up being a second rate Jackass-esque movie. There was absolutely no plot whatsoever, the "pranks" just cut from one to another with no rhyme or reason and the editing/production was definitely not even close to the quality which was seen in Jackass. In fact, this movie reminded me a lot of the Tom Green show that was on MTV about 15 years ago. As I sat through the movie, I kept thinking to myself "okay, it's going to get better but here I am; a week later and I am still waiting. I really hate having to write such an honest review because I am a big fan of Roman Atwood and I think he is a very talented person with a creative mind. I just think that the type of comedy and pranks that Roman and Dennis are known for is much different than the R-rated content seen in the pranks of Vitaly. A movie doesn't need to be filled with sex toys, lots of cursing and bodily fluids in order to be funny. Roman and Dennis probably could have created a much better film without Vitaly while keeping a PG-13 rating and attracting the broad range of viewers which they have in their YouTube careers. Lastly, Roman had recently mentioned that a Natural Born Pranksters 2 is on the horizon. Hopefully he and the entire crew learn from the mistakes that were made in this film, dump Vitaly and come back better and stronger the next time around. I sincerely wish Roman the best because he put a lot of time, energy and passion into making this movie. I would also like to wish him a lot of luck with the second project because I know that he is a very talented person who I hope matches up better with someone else on screen in the future!