HELL AND BACK Review — A Little Slice of…Well…

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Hell And Back ReviewBy Staci Layne Wilson

It goes without saying that cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore – actually, that’s been the case since Eveready Harton was made in the late 1920s (and of course there’s everything from Fritz the Cat to Team America: World Police, et cetera). Dirty moving pictures are everywhere, from primetime TV to Netflix to the local Cineplex. The latest politically incorrect animation for adults is called Hell And Back.

Hell And Back may be for adults, but it is not very mature. Everything from drug use to rape is lampooned in this outrageous, R-rated comedy about two stoner pals who embark on a wayward journey into the deepest, darkest depths of hell to rescue one of their own. While navigating their escape, the hapless mortals provoke a slew of misfit demons, a super sexy stripping angel, infamous Biblical icons, and The Devil himself.

Voiced by Bob Odenkirk, the Devil is easily the most entertaining character of the lot. He’s merely holding a job–he’s got his own office and has to wear a certain attitude, as well as a bright red power suit, complete with horns and spear-shaped tail. He has lots of administrative duties, including keeping his minions in line. When the mortals fall through his portal, The Devil must deal with them accordingly, so he arranges for the public spectacle of a human sacrifice. Hilarity is supposed to ensue as the humans try to wriggle out of the noose.

But it doesn’t. There are a few chuckles and certainly the premise is sizzling – it’s brought to us by the creators of Triptank, Bojack Horseman, and Robot Chicken. They are no slouches, but for my personal taste Hell And Back is just too sophomoric and stoner-centric.

On the plus side, the voice cast is killer – there’s the aforementioned Odenkirk, plus Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Jennifer Coolidge and Susan Sarandon. The stop-motion animation is beautifully wrought, and even the set design is flawless in its attention to detail.

Hell And Back isn’t pure hell, but you might as well wait for it to come to the small screen.

Rated R

1 Hour 30 Minutes

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HELL AND BACK Review — A Little Slice of…Well…


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Staci Layne Wilson

Staci Layne Wilson is an accomplished writer / director / producer / film critic and the author the bestseller So L.A. - A Hollywood Memoir. Find her on StaciLayneWilson.com


  1. Marsha on October 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Saw this stinker last night and while I tend to enjoy juvenile humor this was just too much. Constant potty mouth dialogue makes me think this was written with teenage perverts on dope. I was in a theater with 2 other people and they were making out in the back row. Awful movie.

  2. Kkat on October 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I saw this movie a couple nights ago. I should say I watched some of it….. It was so bad, after 30 minutes I got up and left the theater. I have never done that ever! I figured it would be good with the cast. Not so! Foul jokes and language, not funny. Don’t waste your time or money.

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