Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Writers: Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford
Please Note: The Following May Contain Spoilers (But I Tried Hard Not To)
This movie is hilarious!! And before you question me, know that I went into the viewing hesitant and convinced that it would be a ‘all the funny parts are in the trailer’ kind of film. It is absolutely my pleasure to say they are not and this movie will honestly have you laughing the whole way through.
The cast itself should have re-assured me that it would be a great comedy because everyone, and yes I mean everyone, just presented the most amazing bundle of mis-matched characters each one so comical both through the dialogue and as a visual entity on screen. I bow down to the comedic talents of Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tiffany Hadish & Rob Riggle, to name a few, who just know how to execute a line in such a way that will have you crying from laughter (true story, it happened to me).
So while the story itself isn’t one you would declare to be amazingly new, original and oh my gosh how has no one done this before, it presents itself as a predictable yet super fun you don’t have time to notice the predictability of it kind of movie.
But wait, before you think I’m swooning too much over this movie I do have a big negative comment to add. There are some flashback scenes throughout and while that is fine and a necessary part to the story, the fact that the key cast members (Kevin Hart and others that I won’t spoil) play themselves as apparent 17-year-olds is literally the worst thing to watch. Why is this? Well besides the fact that not one of them even remotely looks like a 17-year-old, they are surrounded by actual young people within the scene and just look like middle aged people dressing as teenagers and it kind of hurts a bit to watch. I don’t know if it was meant to be intentional humour or they didn’t want to hire other cast members, but it didn’t work for me and I those scenes to be much less funny compared to the rest of the movie. It’s proof that even though the dialogue may have been strong, for a scene to work completely it must visually complement the script or it will crumble and fall flat.
So other than that one negative, there were a million positives. I really enjoyed watching this movie and laughed way more than I ever thought I would.
My Score: 7/10
Watch If You Like: Any other Kevin Hart comedy or just any other comedy…..let’s face it if you like laughing, watch this.