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Friday, July 18, 2008

“What is that? That’s like spinning Tarzan jujitsu?”

posted by on July 18 at 15:00 PM

I know that I totally maligned Hulu when it launched. I called it “the Internetís version of a hideous, six-story primary-colored condo with retail space on the ground floor.” Well, the egg’s on my face because you can watch The Rundown on Hulu for free anytime you want now.

I’d call The Rundown a guilty pleasure, but there’s nothing guilty about it. It’s one of my favorite movies of the last ten years. The Rock is hired muscle sent into the jungle to pick up that douchebag Sean William Scott, who, in the casting move of the century, plays a douchebag. Christopher Walken gets all up in their respective faces.

Don’t get me wrong; I was skeptical, too. And the movie shouldn’t be as good as it is, but it all works, somehow. These disparate elements all came together into one of the most enjoyable action movies I think I’ve ever seen.

I was camping with friends a few weeks ago, and we were all drinking up a storm and somebody started talking about what movie we’d pick if we could only choose one movie to watch for the rest of our lives. I picked To Have and Have Not, but one of my friends paused, and said “I know this sounds stupid, but I think that I’d pick The Rundown, because I could watch it forever.” And she was right. It is stupid, but it’s also the perfect choice. I’ve seen this movie like seven times now, because it’s perfect for everyone. It’s funny and dumb and clever, too.

And its working title was Welcome to the Jungle, which is clearly a better title for the movie. The fact that The Rundown is titled The Rundown is the only flaw that can be found in this movie. Seriously. Go watch it.

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I -=LOVE=- Hulu!

The commercial breaks are only 30 seconds max, and I can keep up with last night's Conan O'Brian, Daily Show, and Colbert Report while I am at work.

What's not to like?

I'm even finding excellent new shows like, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Pure gold. And it's free!

Posted by stealingzen | July 18, 2008 3:21 PM
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I'll have to check it out, but tell me Mr. Constant, "What book would you memorize ala Fahrenheit 451?"

Posted by former editor | July 18, 2008 3:32 PM
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jiu-jitsu

Posted by SeMe | July 18, 2008 3:50 PM
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SeMe @3: The quote was lifted from IMDB, and any corrections should be sent to them. I'm sure they'll be grateful for the note.

former editor @2: I'm not sure. Something by Dickens, I figure, or one of the longer Dostoevskys. Let me think on it.

Posted by Paul Constant | July 18, 2008 4:25 PM
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Saw The Rundown on a cross country flight years ago and thoroughly emjoyed it too.

Posted by I Got Nuthin' | July 18, 2008 6:03 PM
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Have fun.

Posted by Gully Foyle | July 18, 2008 6:53 PM
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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is also hosted on Hulu. Hooray for higher resolution!

Posted by V | July 18, 2008 10:15 PM
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The Rundown was released as Welcome To The Jungle in Ireland and the UK. I don't know about maneland Europe.

Posted by Ben Weldon | July 18, 2008 11:45 PM
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I tell everyone how good The Rundown is. It's funny and has some great action/fighting. I rewatch it a lot and there doesn't seem to be a part that I tire of.

Definitely one of my favorite movies.

Posted by PdxRitchie | July 19, 2008 1:52 AM
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See, that's what I've been saying for a while. The Rundown is just a fun popcorn flick in the style of the old 80's action movies that made Schwarzenegger big.

Also, let's face it, The Rock has a natural charisma that worked for him in wrestling and it works in action movies now.

Posted by Chris Shaffer | July 19, 2008 4:17 AM
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Hey, thanks Paul and fellow Sloggers! I just finished watching "The Rundown" on hulu and it was a blast! And it's the kind of movie I most likely would have missed, were it not for such a recommendation... Two thumbs up!

Posted by merry | July 20, 2008 10:13 PM

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