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'Don Verdean' buries the punchlines in an Old Testament archaeology comedy

'Don Verdean' buries the punchlines in an Old Testament archaeology comedy

Filmmaker Jared Hess has struggled to find his comedic voice over the decade since the breakout success of "Napoleon Dynamite."

His latest attempt, "Don Verdean," finds Hess and his spouse and writing partner, Jerusha, rooting around in Christopher Guest territory with their spoof about a self-proclaimed biblical archaeologist who supposedly tracks down Old Testament relics. The end result, however, fails to unearth much laughter.

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