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Tanya Khoury: Not enough laughs
November 15, 2013
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I was trying to find something interesting to watch amongst all the blockbuster clutter. Ideally I wanted a cheesy rom-com but opted for a “comedy”. This genre is so sadly overused in Hollywood that I kind of knew that it was the type of film that sums up all the “funny” from the trailer. It didn’t matter though; I was there and so was my popcorn.

The story is about four childhood friends who get together in Vegas for a bachelor party weekend. Pretty much The Hangover story without Mr Chow hiding in the trunk and too many extracurricular activities. Cut to 58 years later and these childhood friends are in their 60s. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, except that it just starts going downhill too quickly, the jokes become repetitive and the forceful bout of drama kicks in.

The cast is very good and I will not deny that – Kline, DeNiro, Douglas and Freeman, they really struck gold with those four. It just wasn’t the story that could keep you interested for more than 30 minutes. A lot of slapstick humour and Vegas glam make for a fragmented story that I seemed to have forgotten already. Apart from the very few lines from DeNiro and those priceless facial expressions, it was nowhere near what I had anticipated and ended up just feeling very flat.

I don’t really know how the story would have been more entertaining though. I guess on paper it sounded more fun than it actually was. The buildup of each character was a nice touch but unsustainable because at the end of the day the plot had to at least entertain you for a good hour and a half. Douglas’s character was the one getting married in Vegas and the rest of the gang had already seen their fair share of family drama. DeNiro was the obvious grump that we have all learned to appreciate, and Morgan and Kline had a few moments to shine. I will not really continue to divulge into the story, there is not much more I could add or say to change the fact that this was mediocre to say the least. They all had time to make this film and obviously Hollywood is in need for more of this kind of film judging by the packed theatre (I say this with the least bit of judgment possible, I was there after all). Though the film brought in a crowd, it will not really appeal to the younger audiences, especially since the movie shifts into the drama genre too quickly; not enough zest I’m afraid to lure in the curious minds.

If the film happens to be broadcast on your free-to-air channels and you happen to be free and in the same room as the TV, then I would suggest you sit down and watch it. You will of course have all the time in the world to make a sandwich and even call a friend for a quick chat. Perhaps that’s the only way you can enjoy it. For now and for nobody’s fault but my own, I saw it and will only rate as best as can, with a measly 4.5/10.

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