The Unauthorized Full House Story

| December 13, 2015

I haven’t seen enough of these to say for sure, but I think that made for TV movies about old TV sitcoms and the pseudo-drama that went down on set might be my new favorite film genre.  It’s a bit niche, but the ones I’ve seen have been bad movies at their absolute best.  Maybe how rare they are makes them that much more special since I can only think of 3 examples.  This and a similar movie about Saved by the Bell have come out very recently, and years ago they made one about the sexy sexiness going on on the set of The Brady Bunch.

I didn’t know much about the making of Full House, except that Bob Saget hated the series and its production.  However, he did get to work with his friend Dave Coulier, and has remained friends with John Stamos since the show went off the air 20 years ago.  This movie makes a series of odd choices that make it fascinating to watch.  First, in only 90 minutes, it spans about 12 full years of time, starting 2 years before Full House went on the air and ending some two years after it was finally cancelled.  In order to achieve this, the movie blows through entire seasons of production with montages, hitting on key plot points for the characters before zipping ahead several more months.  To be fair, I don’t know what else they could have filled the 90 minutes with.  No individual character’s storyline is interesting enough to fill an entire movie.  Even spending 12 years with these people feels a bit thin.  Of course, that could be because often times the movie introduces conflicts that never pay off or even come into play again.  They’re just forgotten.

Credit where it’s due, I legitimately laughed a few times in this.  The movie has a strange sitcom feel to it, with the obvious music trying to tell the viewer how to feel at any given moment, and the conspicuous camera movements, and the continuous setting up of jokes and delivering a punch line.  Mostly these jokes are awkward and lame, and make me embarrassed for the actors who had to deliver them.  But then, once in a long while, a joke would come up that would really make me laugh.  These fleeting moments made the film much more enjoyable than it should have been.

A lot of the acting talent is sub-par here, which is to be expected for a made for TV movie, but this is a new low.  It would be nice, for example, if the actors looked anything like their Full House counterparts.  Some are better than others, but Garrett Brawith serving as our Bob Saget is ridiculous.  His look and mannerisms are all completely off, not to mention his comedic timing.  Granted, the movie has to face one major setback:  they can’t fully explore Saget’s raunchy side, which they still try to make a key plot point, but it’s just strange.

I look forward to checking out more of these made for TV sitcom stories soon, but don’t know if I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t share my rich love of really bewilderingly bad movies.

Available now on DVD from A&E Home Video.

About the Author:

Joe Sanders Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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