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The Brothers Solomon Review


Bad
There are moments when time seems to stretch into infinity -- seconds are a lifetime and minutes are an eternity. You usually encounter this phenomenon while sitting in a dentist chair, waiting out that last hour of work, and, on occasion, watching a terrible movie. The Brothers Solomon grinds down time in the same fashion. What feels like a three-hour descent into boredom is only a 90-minute test of might -- pitting you against unlikable characters, horribly written dialogue, and direction that's as painful as a root canal.

The Brothers Solomon is destined to become a movie you find yourself watching on late night cable. As with most "comedies," the laughs are the focus and not the simple plot -- in this case, two home-schooled, degenerate brothers try to find a woman to impregnate in an attempt to fulfill their father's dying wish of having a grandchild. After all, absurd plots make for hilarious scenes, right? No, and the two Wills (Arnett as John and Forte as Dean) suck the life right out of this film with the help of director Bob Odenkirk. You may remember Odenkirk from HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David or that Seinfeld episode in which Elaine is dating a med student taking his exams and she helps him study in the hopes of dating a doctor. If you watch The Brothers Solomon with your eyes closed (and you are not asleep), you would swear that the stale dialogue spoken in a self-aware, "look at me, I'm saying something funny" tone was coming straight out of Odenkirk's mouth.

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Let's Go To Prison Review


Weak
I can attest first-hand that there are certain facts about Let's Go to Prison that might make it seem worthwhile. It was directed by Bob Odenkirk, the "Bob" half of the sometimes brilliant sketch comedy show Mr. Show with Bob & David; it was written by other sketch-comedy veterans, driving forces behind The State and, more recently, Reno 911; and it stars Will Arnett from Arrested Development, a show that was not sketch comedy but still favored by comedy connoisseurs. Other loose-collective comedies of this time period, like Talladega Nights or The 40-Year-Old Virgin, pool comedy's best and brightest to thoroughly entertaining results. Why should this lower-wattage but still talent-heavy film be any different?

Well, Let's Go to Prison also stars Dax Shepard, so maybe that should sound the alarm. But Prison is actually too mediocre to explain away by the presence of one guy from Punk'd. In fact, Shepard isn't a problem at all. He plays John Lyshitski (the film nicks one of the saddest Farrelly brothers trademarks -- non-jokes where the very presence of the S-word functions as a de facto punchline), a career petty criminal plagued by his own ineptitude and a hardass judge. Before he can get revenge, the judge dies -- so naturally he frames the judge's spoiled son, Nelson Biederman IV (Arnett), and gets himself thrown back in jail, pretending to befriend Biederman but tormenting him behind his back.

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Daddy Day Care Review


OK
Like a slugger in the midst of a three-game slump, Eddie Murphy desperately needs a hit. If the comedian made his money as a major-leaguer, he'd have been bussed down to the minors as punishment for recent turns in such dismal failures as The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Showtime, and I Spy. So it's no surprise to see him retreating to safer waters in the sure-to-please family comedy Daddy Day Care.

Calling to mind everything from Kindergarten Cop to Mr. Mom, director Steve Carr's Day Care pits unemployed fathers Charlie (Murphy) and Phil (Jeff Garlin) against an army of adorable adolescents when the dads decide to earn cash by opening a day care center. Steve Zahn tags along, polishing the edges off his goofball slacker persona with touching and humorous results. Meanwhile, Anjelica Huston assumes an off-kilter dominatrix mentality to play the headmaster at a rival preschool.

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The Brothers Solomon Movie Review

The Brothers Solomon Movie Review

There are moments when time seems to stretch into infinity -- seconds are a lifetime...

Let's Go to Prison Movie Review

Let's Go to Prison Movie Review

I can attest first-hand that there are certain facts about Let's Go to Prison that...

Daddy Day Care Movie Review

Daddy Day Care Movie Review

Like a slugger in the midst of a three-game slump, Eddie Murphy desperately needs a...

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