PLEASE DON'T DESTROY: THE TREASURE OF FOGGY MOUNTAIN (2023)
Release Date: 11/17/23 [Peacock]
Studio: Universal Pictures.
"It follows three friends who live together. When they realize that they don't like their life trajectory, they set off to find a gold treasure that is rumored to be buried in the nearby mountain."
OUR MOVIE REVIEW:
First off, if you haven’t watched a Please Don’t Destroy sketch, you’re missing out on some of the best material Saturday Night Live has been producing as of late, most of them becoming online exclusives. Now the trio of Ben, John, and Mark have a movie both written by and starring themselves, produced by Judd Apatow, and I alongside friends who are also fans of the comedy troupe have been eager to lay our eyes on it.
And, thankfully, I can happily report that Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain is a good time.
Let’s put it this way: If you’re a fan of this trio’s brand of comedy, you’ll be right at home with this movie. There are scenes that feel like standalone sketches in themselves, escalating to hilarious degrees until the scenes come to their natural conclusions. Amazingly, too, is the fact this film manages to keep a consistently fun throughline, keeping the film from feeling like a mishmash of sketches stitched together. Though I feel the throughline could have been stronger and taken a little bit of time to have some more dramatic elements to create more of an emotional rollercoaster element, I can’t fault the film for this because it’s still a fun, bouncy experience that never loses its focus.
For those unfamiliar with this brand of comedy, it’s still a good one to try out. It’s not for everyone as I know some people who don’t like comedy to be zany, but it’s not a lewd, poor-taste, sexist comedy you would expect from three guys in their twenties. Instead, it’s filled to the brim with the “Boys Will Be Boys” energy I’ve been wanting from a feature for a while.
So though The Treasure of Foggy Mountain may not be perfect, I’m hailing it as a modern Boys Night Classic. After all, it’s a story about friendship during a time when the needs of life start pulling friends apart, but ultimately coming to terms with growing up and its own form of fun that can come with it. And I, for one, will come back for another Please Don’t Destroy project.