Benjamin Maio Mackay
Top 5 - 1.5 Stars
Chris Rock’s new film has powerful messages buried under layers of awful, crass, crude and just unfunny humour.
A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancée talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
The onscreen connection between Chris Rock and his co-star Rosario Dawson is fantastic and both actors clearly are talented. It’s just that the material Rock has written isn’t up to scratch. While I do applaud this film for taking a stab at reality stars and talentless celebrities that are currently running Hollywood most of its messages were lost in the terrible humour of the film.
One of the funniest scenes in the whole movie was filled with celebrities (Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg and Adam Sandler) offering clearly ad-libbed marriage advice to Rock’s character in the film. I mention this because as I said above this was clearly ad-libbed. Rock may be a good actor and for all I know a good comic, but his screen writing is clearly not up to par with current film standards.
Maybe this movie only appeals to an American market, as it received critical acclaim when it was released in the states last year. But as an Australian viewer this movie offers nothing but a waste of time.
This movie clearly has potential and it does have message, but you have to dig very deep to see these.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures