Tour de Pharmacy is the second in the Legends of Sport mockumentary film series for HBO. Both were directed by Jake Szymanski, and written and produced by Murray Miller and Andy Samberg. If you are familiar with Samberg’s comedy style from his time on SNL or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you will enjoy these films. Also, if you saw 7 Days in Hell 2 years ago, you will be pleased to see they followed that same basic formula.
Tour de Pharmacy is set in the early 1980’s, evident by the clothing style and the fact that they actually filmed the racing sequences with a betamax camera. The story is a loose take off of the doping scandal that tarnished racing in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The most famous cyclist who was known for doping may even have a cameo in the film actually. What makes these films enjoyable, besides the short 45 minute run time, are the hilariously cast roles. Besides Samberg, you have Orlando Bloom(Pirates film series), John Cena(Trainwreck/WWE Star), Jeff Goldblum(Jurassic Park), Freddie Highmore(Bates Motel–crossdressing again), Daveed Diggs(Grammy and Tony winner for Hamilton and fantastic in the 3rd season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and James Marsden(Hop) starring. There are also many more smaller cameos that I won’t give away. The mockumentary format works so well in retelling these stories through interviews and the wonderful narration by Jon Hamm(Mad Men).
I have always been a fan of Samberg, and he definitely does not disappoint here. If you get a chance, check out both 7 Days in Hell (featuring Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones as a tennis player at Wimbledon)and Tour de Pharmacy. They are both so silly you can’t help but laugh. And the short run time makes it fly by so there isn’t a huge investment of your time. Just be prepared for male nudity and general dick humor.