The film suffers from an overly-familiar narrative – other films have told with greater power similar stories of lost, self-destructive souls.
U.S. Release Date: 2020-09-18
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Director: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Cast: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Tongayi Chirisa, Lily Cowles
"Twilight Zone" elements aside, the movie never loses sight of its twin objectives: maintain suspense and emphasize a message about the enduring, pernicious power of racism.
Geraldine Viswanathan is the reason to see this by-the-numbers rom-com.
Kaufman once again reminds us that, without someone to shape the writer’s constructs, we’re destined to become stuck in a frustrating morass of eccentricity and self-indulgence.
An engaging adventure that represents not only an effective retelling of the 1998 film but the best of the studio’s animated-to-live action reconstructions.
Silly, dumb, and completely nonsensical – exactly what one could reasonably expect from the movie and what the fans (given a choice) would demand.
Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been among a select group of “must see” releases during the summer of 2020. As things have turned out, it may be the only one.
More interested in applying non-standard cinematic tactics to enliven the facts rather than being enslaved by them.
This movie is passable popcorn entertainment – a two-hour distraction that won’t stand the test of time but was never intended to.
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.