Make no mistake about it: this is a hundred-minute toy commercial.
Call it an invitation to enjoy but not admire, otherwise known as a missed opportunity.
It gets points for originality and daring before the first credit rolls. But that wouldn’t mean a thing if it weren’t also amusing. Which it is and then some.
What do moviegoers have to look forward to (or, perhaps, in some cases, dread) through the rest of May and into June, July, and August?
What makes it the guilty pleasure that it is? And why is it so much fun?
So what do June, July, and August have in store for us as mainstream attractions compete for box office dollars? Plenty!
The weekend’s only new mainstream attraction, a comedy about undercover cops based on the eighties TV series, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, arrested audiences to the tune of $35-million, good for a robust first-place finish on its debut weekend.
No one’s been clamoring for a movie version of this property. But now that we’ve got one, we’re better for it.
The director and his screenwritrers seem to share the misconception that raunch is automatically risible. It’s not.
What are the end-of-the-year flicks that we’ll be flocking to during the holiday season and beyond?
Even folks who don’t cherish the game should enjoy ‘Moneyball’, but not as much as their baseball-loving friends.