Mad Families: Crackle Bets on Charlie Sheen With Original Comedy Film

Crackle is getting into the Charlie Sheen business in 2017, with the oft-troubled actor headlining the original Crackle comedy film Mad Families, set to debut in January. Winning?

The Sony-owned streaming service Crackle had a hit with Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It’s got some promising projects in the pipeline, including a series remake of Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, starring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter). I’m not sure if a Charlie Sheen comedy co-written by David Spade sounds like a surefire way to steal the spotlight from Netflix and Amazon, but then again, I don’t have tiger blood running through my veins. Check out the trailer for Mad Families, starring Sheen alongside Leah Remini.

Well, I’ll say this about it: that definitely looks like a movie someone made that has Charlie Sheen in it. Mad Families focuses on three families — one white, one Hispanic, one African-American — who inadvertently book the same campsite one weekend. When they discover the mix-up, they do what any sensible person would do in that situation: they compete in a series of events to decide who wins the site.

In a bold departure from his previous roles, Charlie Sheen is said to be playing “a lovable man-child with a heart of gold who quips and complains his way through the weekend, but learns through the help of his family and fellow campers what is most important in life.”

Sheen also executive produced Mad Families. The flick was directed by Fred Wolf, who previously helmed another Crackle original: Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. Crackle really has a type, don’t they? Wolf co-wrote the script with his Joe Dirt star, David Spade.

Mad Families will premiere on Crackle on Thursday, January 12. Mark your calendars. One way or another.