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Funny or Die's 'iSteve' hits the web one day early with 78-minute run time

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The Steve Jobs parody biopic "iSteve" has been released one day ahead of schedule, and coming in at 1 hour and 18 minutes, is as long as many feature-length films.

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Screenshot of Justin Long as Steve Jobs in "iSteve." | Source: Funny or Die


"iSteve" was originally slated for debut on Monday, but comedy website Funny or Die pushed back the release due to the Boston Marathon bombing. The film was rescheduled to air tomorrow, but it appears that those interested can can watch it now.

Starring Justin Long (Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers) in the title role, "iSteve" is the longest Funny or Die project to date, and with a run time of nearly 80 minutes, comes very close to being a full-fledged feature. Alongside Long is Jorge Garcia (Lost) as Steve Wozniak, James Urbaniak playing Bill Gates and Michaela Watkins filling the role of Melinda Gates. Ryan Perez directs.

While a parody, "iSteve" is the first film to take on the Apple cofounder's life story since his death in October 2011. An independent biopic featuring Ashton Kutcher, titled "Jobs," was screened at this year's Sundance Festival in January, but has yet to see a theatrical release.

A big-budget Sony-backed film is in the works with a screenplay from Aaron Sorkin (writer, The Social Network), though that project is said to be years away from completion.
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The Steve Jobs parody biopic "iSteve" has been released one day ahead of schedule, and coming in at 1 hour and 18 minutes, is as long as many feature-length films.

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Starring Justin Long (Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers) in the title role, "iSteve" is the longest Funny or Die project to date, and with a run time of nearly 80 minutes, comes very close to being a full-fledged feature.

 

That's good news, because, as we all know, "long" equals "good." It's always better to make sure questionable scenes, lines and shots are left in, because even though they may drag down the pacing or distract from the primary plot line, they will make the movie longer, and, ipso facto, better.

 

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post #3 of 32
First 10 min are decent. Nothing like a movie made for theatres but decent nonetheless. I'll watch the rest tomorrow
post #4 of 32
So is it funny or die?

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So is it funny or die?

 

I can confirm that I have watched this and found, not only that it was funny*, but that I died.

 

 

Ironically, I believe "jOBS" will be, unintentionally, funnier.

 

EDIT: Please note that when I mentioned it was funny, I was not referring to going-to-the-circus fun or fly-fishing-in-Montana fun. It was more shoving shards of broken glass up your ass and then sitting in a tub of Tabasco sauce fun.


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I can confirm that I have watched this and found, not only that it was funny, but that I died.




Ironically, I believe "jOBS" will be, unintentionally, funnier.

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post #7 of 32

All these new Steve Jobs movies are going to spawn another generation of anti-Apple trolls spewing the lies and misconceptions therein as "historical fact".

 

We seem to have forgotten that. lol.gif

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post #8 of 32

This movie is terrible! I would like to get my minutes back, thank you very much.

 

I tried to keep an open mind before clicking on the link and watching the movie. I had never seen anything from Funny or Die before, so I didn't know what to expect.

 

I watched the first half of the movie, and I regret that I did. My criticism is not really directed towards any of the actors. I just found the story to be pretty dumb, and not really that interesting or funny. I read that it took three days to write the movie and five to film? Well, it shows. One of the disadvantages of the internet is that there is no quality control. I don't discriminate between movie budgets, and I'm going to judge a low budget movie just like I would judge a higher budget movie. If I'm watching a movie, do I give a crap about how much it cost to make? No, I do not. I care about my time and if what I am watching is worthy of said time. Either a movie is good or it is not. They should have perhaps made a short skit instead of trying to go for a full length movie. And maybe they should have spent just a little more time on a better story, just maybe.

 

I totally get that a comedy movie plays loose with facts and it's purpose is not to be accurate, but this movie seemed more to be an exercise in how many historical inaccuracies they could jam into it, rather than trying to be funny, because I wasn't exactly laughing my ass off. I was maybe expecting some even crazier stuff, like something out of Monty Python, The Naked Gun or even wilder. The humor in this movie seemed pretty tame, and pretty lame, at least for my taste, and the historical freedom taken in the story seemed to not be that funny or serve much purpose. Often, the truth can be funnier than fiction. So, I'm going to have to give this movie two thumbs down. And that is my review of the first half of the movie. Don't stay tuned for my review of the second half, because it's not coming. 

post #9 of 32

It was OK, you can tell it was rushed and low budget.  I laughed about 4 times. 

 

Would I recommend it, hell no. 

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post #10 of 32
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It was OK, you can tell it was rushed and low budget.  I laughed about 4 times. 

 

Would I recommend it, hell no. 

It sounds like you're contradicting yourself a bit there.

 

If you can't recommend it, then I would argue that it's not OK.

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Inclusive or?

 

I'd love to field that question. There is only one problem.

 

I am dead.

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It sounds like you're contradicting yourself a bit there.

 

If you can't recommend it, then I would argue that it's not OK.

I was being nice, for all the work they put into it.  But yeah you're right I was lol

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post #13 of 32

Pretty bad. I watched the whole thing and I can't figure out why. I need a rape shower.

post #14 of 32
The only funny part was when Hurley kept getting snubbed like he wasnt even there.

The rest was garbage. And where was PC? Mac isn't funny without PC.
post #15 of 32

Watched it.  Agree it wasn't that funny.

 

But, I looked at the bright side:  3 days to write, 5 days to film and it says it was cut on iMovie.  It was interesting to see what a group could put together so fast.

 

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post #16 of 32
The highlight for me was Justin Long as Steve Jobs screaming at the Justin Long character for his poor acting ability (20 takes and counting) interrupted by a fist-fight with Bill Gates in front of the cameras - i.e. the real Mac and PC. Also loved the portrayal of Wozniak as a sad loser that no one, except Steve, loved and the virtual reality sex Steve had with Belinda Gates! There were many funny moments.
post #17 of 32

Things I liked:

 

- The working vintage computers
- The Melinda Gates subplot
- George Lucas scene
- Justin Long describing Mac Guy Justin Long as "a smarmy piece of sh*t" 
post #18 of 32
The way Jobs comes out with his ideas shown in this movie is fun.
post #19 of 32
Watched it, and it was entertaining and funny. Of course, it helps that I'm a comedy fan (and have actually hard of Funny or Die. Really? What rock do you live under if you haven't heard of FoD?) and that I actually watched the whole movie.
post #20 of 32
Everytime I think of Steve Jobs movies all I can ever think of is MadTV's skit lol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgSQA1jqFpM
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It sounds like you're contradicting yourself a bit there.

If you can't recommend it, then I would argue that it's not OK.
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To me OK is less than good. Perhaps bearable to watch, with a few good parts. I would not recommend an OK movie lasting 80 minutes.
post #22 of 32
At 14 minutes in I got my first real laugh when Woz is just standing there holding his hand out.

It's seems like they wanted to make a suedo funny/serious take on Steve.

Almost like they were trying to flex a dramatic side in there.

Could be funnier.
post #23 of 32
I thought it was ok and had some funny moments:

Alan: "Apple, what kind of name is that?"
Steve: "what's your name?"
Alan: "Alan"
Steve: "what kind of name is that?"

The VR sex scene was a bit weird. You wouldn't miss much by not watching it but it's better than some of the shows you get on TV so watch it for the same reasons you watch TV.
post #24 of 32

I've watched only the first 18 minutes so far, but from my perspective, this isn't a satire of Steve.   It's a satire of the movies that are coming out about Steve, even though they haven't been released yet.    It plays with Hollywood story conventions and IMO, purposely gets stuff wrong or trivializes it because that's what Hollywood movies do.

 

At first  I thought they were playing it completely straight, but poorly, because Justin Long seems to be playing himself, not Steve Jobs.    But then there were little moments that made me laugh because they were so ridiculous:  meeting Woz, Woz holding his hand out to Gates, but Gates ignoring him, Gates and Jobs using hacksaws to "program"  computers (aside from the fact that Jobs & Gates never built computers together), etc.

 

I'll watch the rest later.    

post #25 of 32
My god why am I not watching this for the lulz???

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post #26 of 32

Meh.. honestly the first half was strangely classy, emotional, and even touching. From there, it just kept going downhill, dwelving into random shit  that had nothing to do with actual history, and quickly became obnoxious, trashy, and just plain stupid. It's a shame, because the initial tone actually showed promise. Not sure why it drastically changed after that, it's like they had no idea what they wanted this movie to be. 

post #27 of 32
It doesn't follow that if you think something is OK that you should therefore be recommending it.

I think the 1/2 pound bean and cheese burrito at Del Taco is OK, but recommend it? Naaah. One usually recommends something that is more than just OK.
post #28 of 32
I hate to say this but do Americans actually know what funny is?

This movie made me want to die. The only person who was funny was the fat guy from Lost (which I never watched but I know he's from that program) and even then his humour was the EXTREMELY subtle kind - like when he's standing there with his arm outstretched waiting for a handshake that never comes.

All in all I'm going with GTR's thoughts on the film:

"Please note that when I mentioned it was funny, I was not referring to going-to-the-circus fun or fly-fishing-in-Montana fun. It was more shoving shards of broken glass up your ass and then sitting in a tub of Tabasco sauce fun."
post #29 of 32
Awesome lmao moment. 48:00. Melinda and Steve. Omg. Lol
post #30 of 32

Crap. Don't waste your time! :)

post #31 of 32
How can this be a Steve Jobs flick and it's in Flash only!?!
post #32 of 32
0% funny. 100% inaccurate. There's no point watching this movie aside from loosing your time. I didn't make it further than the 15 minute mark. What happens at the end?

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