Diggin’ For Dollars Release Date: 26 October 2004 (USA) Genre: Comedy Director: Frederick Alexander Writer: Frederick Alexander Starring: Big Chill, Big Moe, Mongo Smith This is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. There’s no way around that. I always try to give Maverick Entertainment their due praise. They are a great company that […]

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Diggin’ For Dollars
Release Date: 26 October 2004 (USA)
Genre: Comedy
Director: Frederick Alexander
Writer: Frederick Alexander
Starring: Big Chill, Big Moe, Mongo Smith

This is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. There’s no way around that. I always try to give Maverick Entertainment their due praise. They are a great company that support Your Video Store Shelf, and always love seeing their films get publicity. I honestly thought that Diggin’ For Dollars might be a good movie going in. I was willing to overlook the fact that Lil’ Troy had the starring role in the terrible Back to Ballin’. I just wanted to enjoy myself. My experience was the exact opposite. Hell, the movie is so nonsensical that Maverick even lies about the premise on the back of the box.

Diggin’ For Dollars has a running time of about an hour and forty minutes. For an urban film, this is a long time. Eighty-five minutes is typically the most we’ll get. Director and star (and knowing the genre, probably sixteen other things) Frederick Alexander doesn’t know how to edit, though. The movie’s first hour consists of absolutely nothing. Two idiots join Big Bear, described on the box as a “compulsive gambler” despite that fact barely being mentioned in the film, for “a night of laughter and ladies.” The film does deliver on the ladies part, as the filmmakers did rent out a few busted women from the local strip joint. But when it comes to laughter, it fails miserably. TEN minutes of this movie consists of two random, one camera comedy sets. They have NOTHING to do with the movie, yet they’re there.

After sixty minutes of crap, the film finally gets to the first plot point. Big Bear, preparing to have sex with a hooker, dies of a heart attack. Once the hooker leaves, the plainclothes cops arrive, at which point we get to indulge ourselves in the hilarious joke of the guy still having an erection after he died. Har har. Too bad the filmmakers stole the joke from Clerks. And Joe Dirt. And Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth. Heartbreakers.

Well, once Big Bear dies, this is where Maverick’s synopsis truly goes askew. In the movie, they buy a lottery ticket to put in Big Bear’s casket as a dedication to him. When they find out the lottery ticket is a winner, it’s up to them to go “diggin’ for dollars” as it goes, in order to claim the $35 million. The local gangsters, though, figure out what they’re doing and go to claim it themselves. The box, however, reads in a way that suggests that Big Bear bought the ticket prior to his death, and he was buried with it. That would make a lot more sense than what the audience is dealt, but nothing makes sense in Diggin’ For Dollars.

Note to Frederick Alexander: You are not, nor will you ever be, Ryan Combs. Ryan can get away with having young actors play old men for laughs. Despite it not being very funny, Ryan is allowed to do it because he has the ability to make the rest of his movie humorous. You, however, are one of the worst filmmakers I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching a movie from. You can’t light a scene nor are you capable of instructing someone on how to properly hold a boom mic. You’re a bad director, you’re a bad actor, and if you wrote this mess (if it even had a script), you’re a horrifically bad at that as well.

I was going to give this a 1 rating because I had a slight chuckle towards the end. A 1, however, would be too generous.

Post-review note: While at Hollywood Video a couple weeks ago, I noticed that Diggin’ For Dollars had been released. My copy was a screener, which had the aforementioned wrong synopsis on the back. For its home video release, Maverick slightly changed the wording as to make it a little less ambiguous, so my hats off to them.

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