Jeff Bridges, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano, Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Glenne Headley, Lauren Graham, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Andy: That was Moe and Ron…we called them Mo-ron.
After losing his job and his wife, Andy (Bridges) decides that, to make money, he and his friends should make an adult film.
This movie is filled with recognizable actors and actresses in almost every role that’s even semi-major, but in the end, it’s just a waste of a lot of talent. The script just isn’t very funny or interesting. There are a few good moments, but overall, it’s boring. In fact, I may have fallen asleep at one point, but just for a minute or two. Only the general likability of the cast saves it from certain doom.
Jeff Bridges is playing a slightly more driven (and slightly better dressed) version of Jeff Lebowski, but like the other performances in the movie, it’s just so lackluster that you can’t work up any enthusiasm for his story or his character. Also, the narration supplied by Andy throughout the film is a nuisance. As the character Robert McKee said in Adaptation: “God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”
Still, I did enjoy this movie more than I enjoyed Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which is essentially the same story with a younger cast. This is also a much tamer movie, with no nudity and few obscenities, though there is a lot of fairly explicit talk about what they need to shoot in their movie.
I can’t help but think that all the ingredients were here for a funny, entertaining movie, but the sub-par script and some poor direction mixed up those ingredients into a tepid concoction that only delivered a few laughs and tested my ability to stay awake for the entirety of its running time.
With money and success comes happiness…?
10 – 3.3 because the script and direction resulted in a mostly unfunny, lifeless film – 1 for the overuse of narration = 5.7