June 1st, 2010 by Russ
Not sure what happened. I wanted to love this film. Everything was set for gold: the director, the producer, the actors, the characters even the damn premise. LOOK AT THE POSTER, SOUNDS AWESOME RIGHT? Something happened with the execution of the storyline. Maybe there was no story. Ug…?>?
This film is the further adventures of characters created in “Forgetting Sarah Marshal.” I love that film and re-watch it often. Everything worked. Sure, it was a romcom (romantic comedy) but they fleshed out the characters so well that the humor was dead on. I really could feel for the main character’s dilemma. And that was the magic. How could they go wrong with this spin off , when the persona’s had already been created?
I’ll tell ya…
There was no real character substance or development to associate and connect with. There were plenty of conflicts, but if the front and center people don’t have substance, then who cares. For the first 45 minutes or so, I kept hoping for the main guys to develop substance beyond the premise, but it just didn’t happen.
I guess I have a problem with lowbrow humor. The jokes wear thin on me. And if the lines or situations involve cutouts that are just poster images, well, you can see why I didn’t dig this flick. A good character was the record exec played by Sean Combs. Puff Daddy stole every scene he was in.
I wanted this film to be great. I must say that the audience that was at the screening ate it up. They loved it. Maybe, I am too critical, but that’s my take.