Tucker and Dale stars two funny, relative unknowns — Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine — in a pretty clever premise: what if they made one of those college-kids-vacation-in-a-backwoods-cabin horror movies, only this time, the hillbillies are the good guys? Unfortunately, either not enough time or not enough thought came between funny premise and finished script, and the result is a movie that’s just sort of mildly amusing.
T & D V. E (remember that acronym, people will think you’re cool) is kind of like watching Chelsea Lately: everyone around me is laughing, and I can sorta see why. It’s kinda funny. I like the idea of the joke. It’s not unfunny. But for me the writing just isn’t sharp enough to warrant more than a chuckle. Here, I’ll give you an example of a line that drew a huge laugh at my screening:
DALE: [to the college girl he falls in love with but doesn't think he's good enough for] I just knew if a guy like me tried to talk to a girl like you someone would end up dead!
*guy next to me brays like a retarded donkey*
It’s sort of a microcosm of the movie. If you think that was a hilarious line, you’ll probably love the film. I find it irreverent without being particularly humorous, like an old man wearing a colorful hat.