Directed by Shawn Levy
This post is going to be short, because quite frankly, this film doesn’t really deserve much time spent thinking about it. I went into this film knowing that it would be bad, and came out thinking at least it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be.
Now that’s not to take anything away from Steve Carell or Tina Fey. I like both of these actors and think that they are both talented. (Though perhaps a little overrated.) And to be honest, they work quite well with one another in this film. The problem comes from the people behind the camera, in that, they’re all basically talentless. Throughout the entire film, one can sense that the actors are working their asses off trying to make this film something worth watching, while the people behind the scenes could really give a shit. (And to be honest, a lot of the cameos appear to be doing the same thing, I.e. collecting a pay cheque.)
Despite all that, there are a couple very funny lines (including one by Fey about a stripper’s costume obviously being originally created “for a monkey.”) and the outtakes during the end credits make for some lines that should have been left in the actual film. (Again, Fey has a hilarious line about a pocket mirror and female genitalia.)
It’s just too bad that these two couldn’t have been paired up with a more talented director and screenwriter. Hopefully at some point in the future, they are.
But I must also add that seeing Leon from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and one of the McPoyle brothers from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” was awesome and went a long way from making this an entire hate filled review.