Film Geek Central’s own Jesse Hoheisel already posted his review. You can read that here
You know…….. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this movie. Um….. Well….. Seth Rogen plays an inventor who is going on a road trip to try to sell his new cleaning product at various different companies. For no apparent reason (other than the notion that maybe he watched too many uninspired 80’s and 90’s road comedies), he asks his mom to join him on his road trip. This movie is all Hollywood formula. It’s like someone at the studio said, “Hey, let’s pair up the cynical and sarcastic Seth Rogen with a nagging and overtly Jewish Barbra Streisand together, and send them on a road trip. Their personalities are going to clash. It’s going to be classic!” UGH!
Of course the mom nags on him. Of course he hates it. Of course he blows up at her and hurts her feelings. Of course they wind up learn to respect and appreciate each other more by the end of the movie. It’s generic formula. Now, I’m not 100% against predictable movies. But at least TRY to make it fresh or entertaining. This movie takes absolutely zero chances. It’s one of those safe, middle-of-the-road movies that conservative Uncle Fred (who sees 2 movies a year) can recommend to you during Thanksgiving. Thanks Fred!
Rogen is doing his regular Rogen schtick. It’s not bad, it’s just getting old. Nothing new here as he delivers all his lines like he’s smoked a pound of weed before shooting (may not be far from the truth there). I am a Streisand fan and she does bring some energy and spunk to her performance, but the character is just one big walking cliché. The only supporting actor worth noting is Brett Cullen as a shitkicker cowboy who takes a fancy to Streisand while she eats a giant steak in a bar (yup, that happens). He does bring some charm to his brief screen time.
This movie isn’t really all that awful. It’s just one of those films that bore the shit out of me. I’d rather have a movie reach for the stars and fail hard than watch something that doesn’t strive to be anything other than mediocre. The comedy isn’t terrible, but it’s not funny either. Maybe it would be better at home watching on a small screen with a laugh track.
Oh yeah, and one more thing I must rant about:
Please stop having characters go to strip clubs if you have no intention on making your movie R-rated. You know what happens in strip clubs? Girls get naked! I know, it’s hard to believe. But that’s what happens. It doesn’t make any sense when you have a strip club in a PG13 movie and you only show strippers dancing with their underwear on. What strip clubs have you been to? Even DRAGNET had a topless stripper in their movie and that’s PG13 (granted, that’s when PG13 movies had balls)! I guess what I’m saying Hollywood, is stop being so afraid to push the envelope. If you’re not going to have naked strippers in your movie, don’t have your characters go to a strip club you fucking idiots! Now, I’m not a pervert. I don’t need to have nudity in my movies. And I don’t think you need to have nudity in your films to be good, but if you’re going to have a strip club in your movie, it just makes sense to have the strippers be naked…. THE END!
Austin Charles Kennedy
Okay, now that I got that out of the way. I’ll sum up my review. Like I said, it’s not the worst movie I’ve seen. But I’d rather watch a bad movie than a generic mediocre one. At least an awful movie can be entertaining in its own right, while a safe, middle-of-the-road film is just boring. ★½ (out of ★★★★)
– Rated PG-13 for language and some risqué material.
– Running time: 1hr 35min.