Not to step on the toes of anything comedy blog Splitsider.com might write about, but I just saw the new 30-minute “music video” called Fight For Your Right (Revisited) “by” The Beastie Boys, and I have a few things to say. First of all: You should watch this. I’ve never been someone who has followed The B-Boys, though I enjoy them occasionally, especially while playing Rock Band, or in the “Sabotage” music video. I really like this video, too. And the reason is clear upon seeing it: it is absurd, involves time travel, and brings together a ton of today’s biggest stars in comedy (as well as some other “general” stars).
The plot is basically that Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock trash the apartment of Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci, break a lot of glass windows and doors, drop acid with Maya Rudolph and Kirsten Dunst, and then challenge their future selves to a dance fight, followed (naturally) by a urine fight (outside a location that looks weirdly similar to Paul’s Boutique). The Beastie Boys and their future selves are played by five comedy stars (Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Riley, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen) and then Elijah Wood. Seriously, the cast and cameos are awesome in this thing! You get to see everyone: Ted Danson, David Cross, Steve Buscemi, Jason Schwartzman, Rainn Wilson, and, like, half the cast of “Parks & Rec” (Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Adam Scott–Adam Scott’s cameo is one of my favorite moments), as well as a bunch of others.
Another interesting thing about this video are some of the “modern classic comedy callbacks.” For example, the future Beastie Boys arrive in the present (the present is the 80’s, I’m pretty sure) by way of a Delorean–no explanation needed. There is also a tumbleweed seen before the two sets of rappers meet, which could either be just to give off that “showdowny” feel, or could be a weird reference to “Back To The Future part 3.” Another pretty clear reference is when Will Arnett (playing a GOB-like character, as usual, regardless of his role, not that I’m complaining) gets an exploding beer all over his very, very nice suit and screams “COME ON!” Will Ferrell shows up twice–one time playing future Ad-Rock, but first playing a limo driver with a love for the cowbell. I guess Ferrell doesn’t need to be in Blue Oyster Cult (or Queens of the Stone age, if anyone remembers that time on SNL) to rock the cowbell.
What is interesting about these callbacks is that Will Ferrell’s cowbell-playing and the time-traveling Dolorean are now legendary moments in comedy history, but I wouldn’t have considered the appearance of Will Arnett’s GOB in the same “legendary” league as the others, though it was my favorite. However, maybe it is becoming one of those references that will stick with comedy nerds forever now that Arrested Development, the funniest show that was ever heartbreakingly canceled too soon, is finding a larger audience on DVD, and through syndication, all the time. Way to go, Bluths.
That’s enough spoilers. You should just go watch it (Warning! Mature content!), because all I’ve ruined is a few cameos and a few callbacks. There is plenty more to enjoy. Especially if you like your comedians lip syncing rap or pretending to go to the bathroom.