Plot: What’s it about?
Darryl (Marlon Wayans) is a college student majoring in economics, who has the chance to snatch his dream job before he ever even leaves school. But, he has a problem…problems. First off, Darryl comes from a lower class income family, where his mother raises her children without a father, so Darryl has little or no money at all. Hence, he can’t even pay his rent on time most of the time, so he takes jobs doing things like giving blood, donating sperm, and taking experimental drugs. He also needs to become a better hockey player and join a fraternity in order to qualify for the job he wants. His main problem is in the form of a spoiled little snob (David Spade) who seems like the stereotypical economics major. But Darryl does his best, and tries everything to get a more competitive edge. One day he tries out a new sensory enhancing drug, and he finds his five senses are powered up like Superman, he can see/hear/smell everything, as well as having enhanced taste and touch. Using his new sense strength, Darryl impresses everyone, and becomes a finalist for the job he wants. But Darryl gets greedy, and doubles the dosage, resulting in sensory overload! Can he regain control over his senses in time to win back his girl, defeat the snob, and get his dream job?
Senseless is a very funny movie, filled with both verbal and sight gags. The main reason the movie succeeds is the performance of Marlon Wayans (Don’t Be A Menace…, The Sixth Man), who gives us all the spastic humor we could ask for. Wayans contorts his face and body in all manners to make us laugh, and those who enjoy physical comedy will love it. While he’s not a master of line delivery, Wayans does a passable and always humorous job with his spoken words. If you like Wayans other movies, you’re sure to like this one. Also appearing is David Spade (Tommy Boy, Black Sheep), who turns in his usual patronizing sarcastic performance, which is fitting for his character. Spade is funny, but his role here is lessened than his usual roles, and Wayans is the focus, they are not a team, like in the Spade/Chris Farley movies. But they do work well enough together when on screen, and Spade has more than his share of great lines. Like I say though, don’t expect this to be a two man show, Marlon Wayans is the focus. But Wayans is worth the spotlight, and Spade plays a great supporting role.
The rest of the cast is very good as well, featuring Rip Torn (Men In Black, Hercules), Tamara Taylor (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge), Matthew Lillard (Wing Commander, Hackers), Brad Dourif (Bride of Chucky, Urban Legend), and even a cameo by Patrick Ewing (Space Jam) as himself. Senseless was directed by Penelope Spheeris, who is no stranger to this type of comedy, having Wayne’s World and Black Sheep under her belt prior to this movie. All in all, Senseless is a good comedy, and one I knew I had to have when it was announced on DVD. It’s filled with low brow, crude humor that most film buffs would shy away from, but I loved every minute of it. In fact, I feel no shame in placing Senseless right next to all my Criterion Collection discs. If enjoy the type of comedy in “Don’t Be A Menace…,” I think it’s safe to say you’ll like this one a lot as well. I know I loved it!
Video: How does it look?
Senseless is presented in a non anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. It looks great, with very little print wear visible. The colors look out of this world, with the tones very bright and full. I love that quality in movies, although not every movie should use the intense color idea. Black levels are correct, with no shadow layer issues, and detail level is perfect as well. I could not find any compression errors either, such as shimmering or pixillation.
Audio: How does it sound?
Senseless is mostly a dialogue driven movie, so that’s where most of the audio lies, so don’t expect a demo disc here. Dialogue is the focus, and it sounds very good. Always clear and never interfered with by the music or effects. The soundtrack does use the surrounds somewhat, but no more than you expect from background music. Effects are low key, and seldom used.
Supplements: What are the extras?
None. [Editor’s note: Well, that’s not all together true…you get a chapter search!]