This Rotten Week: Predicting The Internship And The Purge Reviews
Well, its hot as heck out there which can only mean were knee deep in the summer movie season. And it wouldnt be the season without its fair share of blockbusters and bombs. This week looks like a mixed bag with an internship at Google and our annual purge.
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer.
Let’s take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
When someone loses their comedic fastball, its fairly obvious. Staying funny over the long haul is tough. The quirky nonchalance, sarcastic bent that carried you through your formative years doesnt always hold up into advanced middle age. Its really not your fault necessarily. Its not like you got less funny. Rather, the landscape has changed, new things get laughs, and the cache you used to carry around can get quickly replaced by a sad desperateness as you overreach for giggles and smiles. Once this happens, well its a like pitcher who no longer brings the heat and now has to rely on some of the auxiliary stuff, often to diminishing (or downright pathetic) returns. Welcome to Vince Vaughns and Owen Wilsons worlds.
Its not news that these guys havent brought the goods for awhile. Vaughn has given us The Watch (16%), The Dilemma (24%) and Couples Retreat (11%) while Wilson has been only slightly better with Hall Pass (34%), The Big Year (40%) and How Do You Know (32%).** The Starsky & Hutch and Wedding Crashers heyday is long gone, replaced with something contrived and formulaic. The Internship appears more a movie written by people who wrote a bunch of jokes about internet nerds and how adults dont understand technology and decided to turn those canned laughs into a movie. When the trailer is predictable, the movie doesnt really stand a chance.
**I purposefully left of Midnight in Paris (93%) because, while a good movie, it doesnt represent Wilsons brand of humor. I think the flick was successful because it was Allens vision with Wilson there by circumstance. Feel free to argue that point, but do you think of it as an Owen Wilson movie? I dont.
Shawn Levy has had directing success with his other ventures Real Steel (60%) and Date Night (67%). But hes also got Night at the Museum (44%), Cheaper by the Dozen (23%) and Just Married (19%) filling out the bottom of that resume so his work is far from a sure thing. This newest movie will undoubtedly finish closer to his earlier work. Presuming all people employed by Google are socially inept computer dorks and adults like Vaugn and Wilson are there to teach them about the world just seems so contrived. The comedic fastball is gone for these guys. And when it goes, it rarely comes back. The Rotten Watch for The Internship is
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By Doug Norrie