Friday, April 25, 2014
The family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor and considers whther his son-in-law has what it takes.
Hardly amusing, and it shows that this is a forced continuation of the family saga comedy.
Maltin BOMB: "With enema, vomit, wee-wee, and e.d. gags, and tedious sitcomplications over building a house, planning a birthday party, and maybe or maybe not having an affair, the whole dispiriting endeavor leads to an alarming ensemble finale that sets up yet another sequel."
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth.
A fairly interesting premise is handled half-heartedly and turns into an endless chase movie.
Maltin**: "Runs out of steam pretty quickly as its central metaphor becomes painfully obvious."
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing.
Light-hearted crime yarn, slightly entertaining, but not really inspired.
Maltin**1/2: "Shaggy-dog story grows on you as it goes along and is generally amusing, despite some glaring plot holes and an inconclusive ending. Farmiga, as a high-strung actress, nails her character, as does Caan, in a showy role as a career con man who's happiest behind bars. There's also a most unusual performance of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard."