Tucker and Dale vs Evil tries to redress the balance by casting the rednecks as the innocent victims. Do our hapless heroes succeed in defending their home from hordes of rabid townies? Hit the jump to find out:
Tucker and Dale vs Evil is a film of two halves. The first sees Wash from Firefly and Steve The Pirate himself, Alan Tudyk, and Reaper's Tyler Labine as the two, titular, hopelessly-clueless rednecks fixing up a log cabin they've bought as a holiday home. While out fishing one night, they happen across a bunch of college kids skinny dipping. One of the girls is startled and falls, hitting her head. Our heroes rescue her and take the unconscious girl back to their cabin for first aid. The college kids, convinced that Tudyk and Labine are the kind of trailer trash you might find in I Spit On Your Grave, try to rescue their friend. Various incidents of slapstick bumbling follow, each culminating in the death of one of the college kids and the remainder becoming even more convinced that Tudyk and Labine mean them harm.
Eventually, the kids "rescue" their friend and decide she's been brainwashed by the rednecks, leading our hapless hillbillies to set off after them to rescue her back. This shift in pace for the latter half of the film moves Tudyk and Lavine from misunderstood antagonists to outright heroes and the townies from clueless morons to dastardly villains. The change of tack is jarring and a little far fetched, but, by this point, you're already invested in a great little film.
Tudyk is always a sure bet, but, despite being the brains of the operation, it's Labine who's the star here. Starting out as a dim-witted sidekick, he soon shines through as a lovable buffoon and underdog hero. His romance with college damsel Katrina Bowden is so sweet you'll want it to be plausible, no matter how unlikely it is.