Tour de Pharmacy: a star-studded, superb sports mockumentary
REVIEW: Tour de Pharmacy's title alone should tell you that it's satire – and often hilariously low satire at that.
But the early moments of the film almost feel like a real documentary about the serious issue of doping in the Tour de France marathon bike race.
We are transported back to the 1982 tour, which became known as the Tour de Pharmacy, we're told, convincingly, because of how doped up so many riders seemed to be. One cyclist was so drugged, his heart exploded mid-race, leaving him collapsed on the handlebars as he remained in the race for quite some distance until he flew over a cliff. The unfortunate cyclist, JuJu Peppi (Orlando Bloom), only moments before relieved himself through the bottom of his bike shorts while racing. Then, we are told in solemn tones, he "died with his dick out".
Requiescat in peepee.
The spoof was created by Andy Samberg, of course, and Murray Miller (who combined for 2015's similarly-toned professional tennis spoof 7 Days in Hell). Samberg plays one of the cyclists. Other guest stars include Daveed Diggs, James Marsden, Danny Glover, Kevin Bacon, Maya Rudolph, Julia Ormond, Dolph Lundgren, Will Forte, John Cena, Phylicia Rashad, Mike Tyson, Freddie Highmore and many others.
There's a recurring gag about the filmmakers getting the real dirt on doping from an undercover source, who is supposed to be filmed in darkness with his voice altered. I won't spoil the joke, because it's choice, but suffice it to say that the source's identity is frequently revealed whenever someone opens the door of the room, allowing light to flood in, or, in one case, when the source checks his smartphone.
"The last thing I need is to be seen on television talking about doping again," says our illuminated dimwit source.
Tour de Pharmacy is a tour de farce of bad taste, unsophisticated humour, brief nudity and absolutely no redeeming values at all except that it's damn funny and oh, so badly needed right about now.
Tour de Pharmacy is current airing on Sky TV's SoHo channel.