MOVIE REVIEW: Downhill (2020)

1.5/5: A not-funny, pretty depressing film by two “comic” stars

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Release Date: 14 February 2020 (USA)
Studio: Searchlight Pictures
Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon
Official Site: https://www.searchlightpictures.com/downhill/
Rating: R
Running Time: 1h 26min
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell
Genre: Drama
Base Score: 2/5 (Bad)

Review

You know how Seinfeld was a story about some very unpleasant people living in New York? It was funny, sure, but these were not very nice people. Now imagine that Elaine got older and married Will Farrell. Not Will Farrell the comic actor. She married Will Farrell, the middle-age white guy.

They both got a little older and had two kids. Their relationship got kinda stale.

Now we have the setup for the movie. Does everybody have their motivation? Now, action!

With Julia and Will, I was expecting a very funny movie. Yeah, it kinda wasn’t. Well, I chuckled a couple times, but that was out of embarrassment. Any “humor” was buried in being uncomfortable. I would describe them as “nervous titters.”

Now that I think of it, I didn’t hear any laughter from the audience.

At the beginning of the movie, the Will character makes a social faux pas. At that point, you’re ready to hate the guy. Then the rest of the movie makes you feel sorry for the guy. I guess that’s an interesting achievement. Not funny—but interesting.

Is it too late to get my money back? Yeah? Bummer.

Modifiers

How I Score Movies

Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? No.
Would I see it again? (-.5) If it comes up in conversation, I will discourage others from seeing it. They may be expecting a comedy, like I was.
Should I rent it? Buy it? Meh. You can rent it if you really want to. How about we play a board game instead? Checkers is awesome!
Is it family safe? There’s some horrible examples of how adult married people can act. I wouldn’t take a young family to this.
Did it have “the look?” No, this was just a typical movie. The location was cool (a ski resort), but nothing the film makers did.
Did it have “the feels?” There was nothing triumphant in this movie. I left feeling kind of deflated.

Final Verdict: (1.5/5) A not-funny, pretty depressing film by two “comic” stars

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