There have been several adaptations of Victor Hugo’s classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
This is another one.
The comedy troupe called Broken Lizard reunited to make the newest adaptation, Quasi, a Hulu comedy set in the middle ages of France. Broken Lizard consisted of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske and were the creative force behind Super Troopers and Club Dread.
In Quasi, the hunchback (Steve Lemme) finds himself in trouble as both the King of France Guy (Jay Chandrasekhar) and the Pope (Paul Soter) tried to order Quasimodo to assassinate the other. Guy was set to marry an English queen, Catharine (Adrianne Palicki) to increase his army, but the old rivalry with the pope threatened to get in the way.
Sadly, this was not a very good film. There were a few moments of humor, but there was nothing here that we hadn’t seen before and that wasn’t done better in Monty Python skits, the Galavant TV show or the Princess Bride, among others.
Most of the jokes do not land or feel forced. There are a few funny moments, but not enough to sustain the runtime of the movie.
Adrienne Palicki is great though. I loved her back in her days as Bobbi Morse on Agents of SHIELD, and she does her best to work her way through this script as Queen Catharine. She has a presence that can not be denied.
Quasi is found on Hulu and is not the worst way to spend an hour and a half, but it is not something that you need to go out of your way to see.