This enjoyable comedy about a summer vacation that changes a teenager’s life goes right to the front of the class as a charmer, representing a sparkling alternative to the bombast of the summer movie season.
A caper flick with a narrative so arbitrary, scattered and disjointed, it’s like an intermittently entertaining prank is being played on the audience.
The director and his screenwritrers seem to share the misconception that raunch is automatically risible. It’s not.
With Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig headlining director Jon Favreau’s sci-fi oater, it’s as if Indiana Jones and James Bond had suddenly turned up for a gunfight. Y’know, “Indy and 007 at the OK Corral.”
The courage of its convictions is very much on display in this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale.