Strange Wilderness

February 1st, 2008


Strange Wilderness

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With the ratings dropping for a wilderness-themed TV show, two animal fans go to the Andes in search of Bigfoot.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.0/10 (13,194 voted)

Critic's Score: 12/100

Director: Fred Wolf

Stars: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Justin Long

When his father dies, Peter Gaulke inherits "Strange Wilderness," dad's TV show about animals. After ratings plummet and the show is canceled, we watch a long flashback to see its demise. The studio head gives the show two more weeks. An old friend brings a story about Bigfoot in Ecuador, so a long road trip ensues with stops along the way and enough problems, misjudgments, and deaths to sink a less intrepid band. Peter's team faces competition from a better-funded and more practiced set of rivals. Who will find Bigfoot first, and will they get it on tape and save the show? Can Peter make dad proud?

Writers: Peter Gaulke, Fred Wolf

Steve Zahn - Peter
Allen Covert - Fred
Jonah Hill - Cooker
Kevin Heffernan - Whitaker
Ashley Scott - Cheryl
Peter Dante - Danny Gutierrez
Harry Hamlin - Sky Pierson
Robert Patrick - Gus Hayden
Joe Don Baker - Bill Calhoun
Blake Clark - Dick
Justin Long - Junior
Jeff Garlin - Ed Lawson
Ernest Borgnine - Milas
Jake Abel - Conservationist
Kevin Alejandro - Hispanic Man #1

Taglines: They could solve the world's biggest mystery, if only they had a clue.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 1 February 2008

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,001,719 (USA) (3 February 2008) (1208 Screens)

Gross: $6,563,357 (USA) (2 March 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The two main characters are named after the film's screenwriters.

Continuity: When Milas comes to visit Peter in his apartment, Peter lights a bong using water from his aquarium and accidentally puts a goldfish into the bong. When he says "Oh God, that little guys gonna think he's a shark", the bong is clear. When the scene cuts back it is filled with smoke.

[first lines]
Peter Gaulke: [talking on phone] Look at my dad. He was the king. I mean, no matter what happened, I mean he was as cool as a cucumber. He never forgot a line, and he never let anything ruffle him. My dad was the king. No doubt. And his TV show ruled the ratings.
[lights up weed]
Peter Gaulke: What was that?
[coughs while getting high]
Peter Gaulke: Excuse me. It was a wildlife show called Strange Wilderness. Oh, you remember that? Do you remember my dad? Oh cool. Yeah, then he died and then I took over the show, then it went all to hell. I mean, I'm nothing like my dad. Nothing at all. I don't know. I don't know if it was like I wasn't bright enough, or I didn't work hard enough, or I used to smoke a lot of dope. So...

User Review

Not for everyone, but this movie is a lot of laughs

Rating: 7/10

I have read a lot of negative reviews about this movie. I'd have to say that they are 100% correct. I have also read some reviews by people who absolutely loved it. They are also 100% correct. I tend to be more toward the second group, but I can definitely see both sides.

The plot makes no sense. The dialogue is at times very bad. However (a very big however), I think that this movie knows its audience and delivers to them a light-hearted "stoner" movie with some very funny moments (the shark voice-overs, for example). This is a Happy Madison movie. Yes, times have changed from Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore (two of the originals, no doubt). However, I think that many people go into these types of movies expecting something more "mainstream," such as Wedding Crashers or 40-Year-Old Virgin. The sure absurdity of the movie was enough for me. Much of the dialogue, albeit very goofy, has a certain improv feel to it, letting the actors play with the scenes.

To end this long "review," think of movies like Beerfest, Super Troopers, Grandma's Boy for a quick comparison. Does this movie win any awards? Absolutely not. Is it probably better on DVD? Perhaps. However, if these laugh-aloud "stoner" movies are your thing, then I think you'll enjoy this movie.


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