And other weekend movie watching musings...
I listened to all the hyperbole, saw all the accolades thrown its way, and figured it was finally time to sit down and view this new comedy standard. I promised myself that I wouldn't let the hype elevate my expectations past the point of judging the movie fairly.
I told myself just to expect a nice, solid comedy.
I laughed three times.
The acting ranged from mediocre to bad. God bless Ken Jeong for making a career out of "over the top Asian accent guy" but it's a bit stale by now. I also assume Justin Bartha is a good actor but he looked like he was sheepishly reacting to a goofy Zach Galifianakis rather than responding to the actual character being portrayed: a crazed, soon-to-be brother-in-law.
This comedy had its moments but should never be confused with a game changer like "There's Something About Mary." It's more "Hot Tub Time Machine" minus the water and time travel.
It's not actually the worst movie I've ever seen but, relative to the praise heaped on it by others, I haven't seen worse.
If you want to see a genuinely entertaining movie before the end of the summer, check out "The Damned United." It's about English soccer coach Brian Clough. Not exactly a great sell in America, right? Then I'll re-phrase that.
If Steve Spurrier and Woody Hayes had an English baby, his name would be Brian Clough.