A series of loosely connected skits, this lacks a coherent narrative and appears to have been targeted almost exclusively at the pre-teen crowd.
Sketchy character development and poor world-building keep the film and its protagonists at arm’s length.
Revisits familiar themes and ideas from other, earlier films that were presented to far better effect the first time around.
Seth Rogen, playing two roles and showing no chemistry with himself, is in “comedy mode” here but the material isn’t funny enough for that to work.
Offers a few standout moments set adrift in a sea of underdeveloped characters, incomplete backstory elements, and abbreviated world building.
Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.
Tumbles into the lamentable category of what happens when a movie is assembled for no reason other than to make money, and when everyone involved is doing it for the paycheck.
Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.
A tonal mess and its inconsistencies make it a frustrating viewing experience.