Main Plot Points:
- Remy, Augie and Curt have been best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, Curt is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends, and the Devil himself. Are they prepared? No, absolutely not.
What We Thought:
- Hell and Back isn’t the slam dunk/home run, crazy comedy I was expecting, but I still kinda liked it.
- I really like Nick Swardson and TJ Miller. Both are super funny dudes and I’m automatically interested in whatever they are working on. Having both of them in this was an automatic draw for me.
- The story is pretty straight forward, Curt takes a blood oath that he’ll give a mint to his friend to replace the one he took. When he doesn’t, he gets sent to Hell and Augie and Remy go to Hell to get him. There they meet The Devil (Bob Odenkirk) and need help from Orpheus (Danny McBride) and Deema (Mila Kunis) to get Curt and escape The Devil’s planned sacrifice.
- The voice cast is the best part of the film. Besides those I’ve mentioned, the cast also includes Rob Riggle, Susan Sarandon, Lance Bass, Jennifer Coolidge and the always fantastic H. Jon Benjamin as a raping tree. You’ll never see Archer or Bob’s Burgers the same way.
- I just wish the film was better. It has some jokes and I did laugh at it, but with ALL the funny people in it, it should be an instant cult classic. It should be something you watch a lot and quote and tell all your friends about it. Unfortunately, it just never gets to that level.
- The stop motion animation is great. I’ll never criticize the work that goes into these types of movies. I’ll take these over completely CGI/computerized characters any day of the week. Again, with this look and the talent involved, I wanted to love it.
- Hell and Back is tough to compare. It’s very adult in tone, but looks like something like The Boxtrolls. Make no mistake though, it’s not for kids. If you like Swardson and/or Miller, see it, they are good. I just wanted more I guess.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Nick Swardson
- TJ Miller
- Mila Kunis
- Bob Odenkirk
- Danny McBride
- Rob Riggle
- Susan Sarandon
Recommended if You Like:
- South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
- Adult Animated Movies