Dave's Rating:


… as bad as Son of the Mask

Who's in It: Jamie Kennedy, Maria Menounos, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Michael Rosenbaum, Christopher McDonald, Vivica A. Fox

The Basics: An '80s-breakdancing-accident-victim-turned-Coma-Boy-turned-fish-out-of-water comedy. The jokes are all '80s cultural references about Pop Rocks mixed with Coke or Brave New World stuff about Internet porn and "post-racial" humor. I laughed exactly nine times. Not big laughs, but still, I laughed that many times. And I counted because I have a rule about obviously useless movies like this. That rule is: I must laugh every 7.5 minutes (my own personal boredom breaking point) or 12 times during a 90-minute comedy. Your mileage may vary.

What's the Deal? It manages to answer several of the following questions that I've had just lingering around my brain, like: Would it be possible to actually make Malibu's Most Wanted again and trick people into paying twice? and Was The Brady Bunch Movie's smart bridging of eras a comedic fluke? and Could Jamie Kennedy appear in a movie that's as bad as Son of the Mask? Answers = Yes, yes and yes.

Made For: Grown-ups who like their satire really watered down and who think parachute pants are the funniest thing ever and kids who have no idea what the '80s were at all.

Dull Cameos By: David Hasselhoff (whose whole career, it seems, has turned into this, at least when he's not doing The Producers onstage in Las Vegas) and Emmanuel Lewis.

Connection to Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo: That would be Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones. He was '80s-famous as "Ozone" in those movies, and he choreographed this one. And he's the one thing about this movie, besides Emmanuel Lewis, that feels authentic.


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