“Patrick Stephens is MONEY, baby! Already! Already, baby! Uh-huh!” ~NEGATIVE MAN (a.k.a. some poor random homeless man that Patrick Stephens seemingly decided to exploit) while dancing “the cabbage patch” in a parking lot with another homeless man named Cory ”Lil C”, whilst flanked by a giant pig in plaid overalls. *facepalm*
Today’s New Release: PATRICK STEPHENS FREESTYLE: PART 3 (An Extreme Sports Showcase)
Look. I usually enjoy writing reviews for the numerous extreme and winter sports docs that I receive here on BIGSTAR. I do a lot of them, in fact, and I both admire and envy the ability of many of these intense athletes who do the craziest s**t. I even let my dark observational humor seep into my reviews, more than not, once I see something that has earned such a rant. But THIS garbage!? Prepare yourselves for my typed onslaught on what I find to be an ego-driven pompous dreck of a showcase/documentary, by a most exploitative director. The director in question is Patrick Stephens (Pro Stunt Rider/Comedian). As we follow Stephens and other professional motorcycle riders across the country to events like the North Texas Rock Rally Show, Burt’s Bike Show in Buffalo, Georgia’s IFMA Ramp-To-Ramp Tour and the Charlotte Honda Show, we see crazy stunts along with clips of cool acts like the flaming motorcyclists known as Pyro Punks, for example. We’re also presented with advertisements for sponsored products such as Richardson Motorsports, LBZ, MAXXIS, stuntlife.com, HIGH OCTANE and WheelDock to name a few. We even see some bizarre antics with a guy dressed in a fuzzy pig costume as Stephens himself commits to this running gag where he’ll enter a business establishment, unroll a sleeping bag in the middle of said establishment’s floor, and will then have the giant pig come in and spoon with him. So far, not too risqué or offensive. Not at all, in fact. So, wait… what IS my beef with this third entry of the Patrick Stephens series, exactly??! It’s not the highway mattress surfing; I actually found that reasonably humorous. I’ll tell you. Severely exploiting the homeless. (NOTE: Though I’m aware that Patrick Stephens is involved in charities, including being an active officer in the organization SUPER LOVE HEROES, it doesn’t excuse what comes across as blatant humility towards those who appear helplessly unaware in this film.) Stephens features a segment titled “Bum Olympics,” where we see everything from shopping cart races, to a three-legged “sac” race and the “secret homeless hand shake”. But what seems the most mean spirited of segments, is when the camera crew films their fuzzy pig friend spooning with a passed-out homeless man by the name of Cory, a.k.a. “Lil C”. Barely able to speak coherently, the graphics quote him as saying “You got a google google goo. She bop she bop rizzle flim flam.” Sorry, Mr. Stephens, your brand of humor isn’t particularly flying, here.
There are scenes with Stephens and friends at strip clubs, rave parties, and even a “Party Bus” where a major fist fight breaks out. Oh, a drunk guy gets a stool kicked out from under him and almost drowns in a river. You know, I think I’ll stick with Rob Dyrdek and the guys at Jackass. They TRULY have a self-deprecating style where they put themselves in the crossfire of humility FIRST and FOREMOST, not the unsuspecting downtrodden. Nice abs though, dude. You must workout.
Directed by Patrick Stephens
Featuring: Brando, Greg, Watts, Scott, Brandon, AJ, Crazy Mike, Rick, Daniel, Ryan JP, Brian, Adam C., Chris N., Kelly Joe, Jeremiah, Willie
Tagline: The Hucklebuck Strikes Again!