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Larry, Bill and Everett are part of the State Military Reserves. For them that means hanging out at the base—if you can call a ramshackle building on the edge of town a base—and shooting at stray objects while waiting for pizza to be delivered and the game to come on TV.

Imagine their surprise, then, when Sgt. Kilgore shows up and orders them to prepare for combat ... in Iraq. Next thing they know they're on a transport headed for Fallujah. They never make it. Severe weather over Mexico forces the pilots to eject the plane's heavy cargo. And since Larry, Bill and Everett have climbed into a Humvee and fallen asleep, they're ejected too. (Kilgore also floats down with the equipment, which is attached to giant parachutes.)

Figuring they're in Iraq, the three hapless soldiers look around for people to fight. They find them in the form of a ruthless gang that is terrorizing a local village. So while Kilgore tracks them down to return them to their original mission, Larry, Bill and Everett go toe-to-toe with Carlos Santana (no, not the musician) and his band of crass and careless pillagers. Oh, and Larry falls for the mayor's pretty daughter.

Cue the crude jokes and count the minutes until the credits...

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"Our orders are to bring freedom and democracy to people that need it," Larry insists. "I think these people need it. I'm staying. I'm staying to finish the job. I'm staying to do what's right."

Spiritual Content

When the guys think Kilgore is dead, they bury him in a shallow grave, then say prayers over him. It almost goes without saying that their prayers are silly and insincere.

Sexual Content

Everett first appears onscreen clutching a blow-up sex doll. And we also learn that he has a habit of exposing himself in public. Before shipping out, he tries to line up a session with a prostitute.

The guys talk about going to Hooters for lunch. Much later, they turn a Mexican cantina into a Hooters look-alike.

At home, Larry's girlfriend ruins his life by first telling him that she's pregnant, then following that news up with the fact that the baby isn't his. In Mexico, the main reason Larry decides to help the villagers is because he's drooling over the mayor's shapely daughter. Rude remarks are made about her body (which she presents for maximum impact by wearing revealing dresses). After their first night in town, Larry's buds can't wait to find out if he's had sex with her.

Gay gags involve such lines as "Don't ask, don't tell" delivered after the camera spies Bill and Everett cuddling while they sleep. Gay bars are referenced. As is gay sex. Everett wakes up wearing a frilly dress after a night of hard partying.

Two Mexicans kidnap Kilgore. And as he escapes we see that they've dressed him in women's lingerie. We hear them talking about how "pretty" he is and how they are going to "party" with him. Likewise, one of Santana's henchmen (his nephew) is gay. Santana is nonplussed, and says to the Americans, "He's here, he's queer. Get used to it." Later, that nephew dresses in women's clothes and forces Kilgore to sing a duet with him.

Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch makes the cut in a joke that invokes child abuse. Prison rape is alluded to. Santana cracks wise about a venereal disease.

Violent Content

Everett can't wait to shoot somebody. So when he sees two men and a donkey approaching in the distance, he blasts them without hesitation. The donkey keels over.

Several machine-gun shootouts result in dead bodies. (Little to no blood is seen.) Rocket launchers are fired a couple of times. And when Santana's men show up in a tank, large-caliber bullets fly, men die and buildings explode. Kilgore rigs vehicles to blow up. (We see them explode.)

A Lucha Libre-style wrestling match yields body-slams, pile-drives, etc. Bill's kids hack away at a mailman with their dad's golf clubs.

Crude or Profane Language

Two-dozen s-words pepper this slovenly script. They're joined by 75-100 other crudities and vulgarities (including "d--n," "h---," "b--ch," "b--tard," "p---ant" and "a--"). God's name is combined with "d--n."

Drug and Alcohol Content

It's decided that Everett's mom must have sniffed paint thinner and gotten drunk while she was pregnant with him. Kilgore swigs tequila. Drinks are served in bars. Beer is a mainstay. "Grass" appears on a bumper sticker.

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There's a handful of "fat" jokes and "retard" references. There are even more racist jokes. A comedian disparages Mexicans using lines I won't repeat here. Asians also take the brunt of at least one comment. Among other slimy put-downs, Everett intentionally (and vulgarly) mangles the pronunciations of Kurds and Shiites.

Bill seems to hate his wife. "Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce," he enthuses. "That is if you're lucky enough to get a divorce. That becomes impossible when your wife's got incriminating photos of you. ... Now your life is just one series of endless humiliations. You lie awake and dream of the sweet release of a murder-suicide."

Expressing little more social intelligence than a 4-year-old, Larry enthusiastically talks about his ability to go to the bathroom. An outhouse collapses, exposing him inside. Everett urinates into a canteen, which Kilgore later drinks from. Larry spits tobacco into a rations pouch. And, yep, you guessed it, Kilgore later eats from it.


Delta Farce ends with the inscription, "This film is dedicated to the real men and women serving in our armed forces around the world."


Considering the film's title, my expectations were low going in. They should have been lower. This is a junior high-level project about Dumb, Dumber and Dumberer—three guys who couldn't fill out Army uniforms if they found them at a costume store. It's about cross-dressing bandidos doing karaoke. It's about Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Road Trip's DJ Qualls trying to insult pretty much everybody, but only managing to bore them to tears.

And it's not even worth 100 more keystrokes in this review. It's certainly not worth dedicating to one of the most lauded groups of people on our planet.

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Larry the Cable Guy as Larry; Bill Engvall as Bill; DJ Qualls as Everett; Keith David as Sgt. Kilgore; Danny Trejo as Carlos Santana; Marisol Nichols as Maria


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