Poking fun at the use of drugs in the world of professional cycling, Tour de Pharmacy is a mockmentary not holding back in terms of subject manner or delivery. Lance Armstrong is included as an “anonymous” source and totally owns his past through some pretty hilarious interview segments.
Covering the story of 5 bikers from the 80’s who competed in the Tour de France, the movie showcases each of their stories while covering the drug issue and how it impacts sports. So somehow, somewhere, there does seem to be a semblance of a moral thread peppered amongst the dick jokes. And the dick jokes are aplenty.
The production style is part of what makes the 40 minutes of this piece fly by. There’s vintage footage from the 80’s along with more contemporary looking footage from the now of the timeline. The recreated clips look great and authentic of the time told in true 4:3 format alongside great costumes, set design and prop creations.
The lineup of talent in this is crazy and includes: Andy Samberg, Jeff Goldblum, Joe Buck, John Cena, Mike Tyson, Edgar Wright, Orlando Bloom, Dolph Lundgren, and Danny Glover. Everyone looked like they were having a lot of fun making this and it translates through their performances.
Catch this one on HBO, it’s a blast.
reviewed by Sean McKnight