Today in Hijinks Ensue: Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt to Play Brothers in Todd Rohal’s Next Film

If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt play bickering brothers on screen, as imagined by the guy who brought us The Catechism Cataclysm, co-starring a bunch of young boys, have I got a movie for you. Knoxville and Oswalt will co-star in Todd Rohal’s next film with precisely all of those elements, plus camping!

The as-yet-untitled film follows Knoxville and Oswalt’s characters, “a pair of battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a last ditch camping trip that goes wildly wrong.” I suppose every family has its different ways of honoring its elders and, in this case, that means participating in something that sounds almost exactly like a terrifying horror film with an upbeat “hijinks ensue!!” tacked on the end of its plotline. We should also expect the unexpected, and ready ourselves for hilarious consequences.

However, if you’re at all familiar with Rohal’s work (particularly Sundance’s The Catechism Cataclysm), you’ll know that the writer and director’s films tend to skew a bit more twisted than such a standard “be ready for crazy laughs!” plotline would typically hint at. And, as the film is apparently “loosely based on Rohal’s experiences growing up,” his brand of off-kilter comedy may also find itself infused with some genuine familial emotion.

Oswalt’s feature film career is heating up, as he will next be seen in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas and Young Adult. He remains responsible for the funniest riff on “The Christmas Shoes” the world has ever known. Knoxville also seems interested in expanding his feature work, as this film will mark his third feature appearance in less than a year (including the still-filming Fun Size, and the soon-to-be-released Father of Invention).

The film also has Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney, and Patrice O’Neal signed on for parts. Production kicks off this week. [Press Release]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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