Trivia question of the future: Name two movies from the summer of 2009 starring Zach Galifianakis.
The one folks will get is "The Hangover," one of the biggest word-of-mouth hits in recent Hollywood history. The one no one will get is the soon-to-be obscure "G-Force," which features Galifianakis as an FBI agent supervising a program to train various animals as spies.
His star performers are three guinea pigs (Sam Rockwell, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan) and a computer whiz mole (Nicolas Cage).
The FBI (in the person of Will Arnett) wants to shut the program down, so Galifianakis' character tries to prove the worth of his team by sending them on a mission to infiltrate the home of an appliance magnate (Bill Nighy) with a secret plan to takeover the world.
Things go awry, as you might expect, but they do not go comically awry. The movie is shockingly, consistently unfunny, and stale: Morgan spouting hip-hop lingo from 10 years ago; Cruz doing Latin-babe Charo stuff; somebody else doing a surfer dude character.
And, the last refuge of the scoundrel who's made a lame children's movie? Farting. Lots and lots of farting.