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MOVIE REVIEW: Like a Boss

Score

2.5: Pretty Bad

Summary

A not-funny comedy. Skip it.

Vitals

Release Date: 10 January 2020
Studio: Paramount
Official Site:
http://likeabossmovie.com/
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Sam Pitman, Adam Cole-Kelly
Rating: R
Running Time: 1h 23min
Starring: Salma Hayek, Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish
Genre: Comedy

Review

 Base Score: 2 (pretty bad)

I didn’t go into this movie with high expectations. It didn’t disappoint (because I was expecting it to be bad. It wasn’t bad as much as not good. I would have given it a base score of 3 (meh) but the movie had some actual problems.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start over.

Come see this movie and you could win a trip to Atlanta! Huh? First off, why are you trying to bribe me to see this movie? Is it that bad? Secondly… Atlanta? Is every other city bombed out? Did California and New York get consumed by fire? I don’t watch the news, so I’m not up-to-date on our Trumptastic Nation. Let me go check. Nope. They’re both still there. So let me go back to my second question.

Atlanta?

All right. I’ve done some research (on the Googles) and it looks like they are doing another promotion with a free trip to New York. Ok, ok. I retreat to my first question: “Why are you trying to bribe me to see this movie with a free trip?” And now there’s another question. Why did my area get tempted with a free trip to Atlanta and not New York? Was Disneyland even on the table? Maybe some place in Death Valley?

Ok, so you might have figured it out from review so far. I’d much rather talk about something other than the movie. That’s just how good it was.

Let’s dive right into the problems with the movie. Let’s look at the things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”

Two friends start a company. They have a half-million dollars in debt. They are in danger of closing. An investor wants to bail them out, and they ask for 51% of the company. That seems like a classic “Shark Tank” kind of move. You messed up your finances. You’re being offered a second chance. Why is this businesswoman (Selma Hayek) being portrayed as a less-than-nice person?

She backs down to 49%, on the grounds that the friends stay together. If they have a falling out, she get 51% again. So you know what is going to happen next. And we know the motivation of our angel investor.

I won’t spoil any of the rest of it, but that’s not the only time I cocked my head to the side. I said under my breath, “Yes, that’s how business works.”

The movie was also needlessly sexualized. Were they trying to be “cool” or “gritty?” The jokes certainly weren’t funny, sexual or not. That’s not entirely fair. I chuckled twice. The other guy in the theater chuckled four times. The two women in the theater did not laugh any times, that I heard. For those of you counting, the movie was attended by four of us.

Modifiers

Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? Please don’t waste your money on a special screening. I don’t even think it’s available in 3D.

Would I see it again? No. I saw it. I’ll never see it again. If somebody recommends it, I will tell them it wasn’t worth it. (-.5)

Should I rent it? Buy it? No need to rent it. Wait a couple years for the “edited for TV” version to be played. Play it in the background while you are having another conversation. It will make good background noise.

Is it family safe? No, not even close. No nudity, but sexual talk and situations. Mild drug use. It wasn’t pornographic, but it wasn’t appropriate.

Did it have “the look?” No, it was just a standard comedy.

Did it have “the feels?” I had a tingle that might have turned into excitement. Then… no… maybe it was gas.

MOVIE REVIEW: Spies in Disguise

6.5 (Must-See) Fun for the Whole Family


This article is also published on Medium.com

Summary

Animated. Will Smith voices a super-spy who is transformed into a pigeon and has to clear his name after being framed. Tom Holland plays the young sidekick inventor.

Release Date: 25 December 2019 (USA)
Studio: Blue Sky Studios
Director: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
Writer: Brad Copeland and Lloyd Taylor
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 42min
Starring: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Reba McEntire View Full Cast
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Spy
View Official Site

Review

Base Score: 4 (Pretty Good)

Finally, here is an animated movie that performs exactly as advertised. I saw the trailers, I thought it looked funny, and it lived up to my expectations exactly. There was no bait-and-switch. It was cool. It was funny. It was family-friendly.

What you see from the trailer is what you get.

The comedy of the movie appeals to kids (potty humor) while being tolerable to adults. I’m sure on the car ride home, kids will gleefully say, “Wasn’t that funny when you see that guy’s butt?” You can laugh and realize that this will likely be forgotten before the next kid’s movie comes out. There is nothing horrific that would be inappropriate for younger views.

What was refreshing is that there was some subtle humor that only adults would pick up on. That’s not to say that the jokes were “adult,” but that they were easy to miss. I chuckled under my breath at moments the kids behind me missed. I even snorted out loud in a too-quiet theater. Does my laugh sound like that?

It was good stuff. It is highly recommended. The modifiers below make this a must-see. Bravo, creators.

Modifiers

Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? Probably not. I saw the 2D version on a normal screen, and I didn’t feel I was missing anything.

Would I see it again? Yes, I think I would. If someone hadn’t seen it, I would go to the theater again. If it was on video, I would sit through it again. There wasn’t anything annoying in it. If a kid really took to it and I had to watch it 20 times… that’s what a cell phone is for. (+.5)

Should I rent it? Buy it? It was a great film, but you could save some coin to watch it on the small screen. This one would hold up to multiple viewings, so if the kids request it, buy it. (+.5)

Is it family safe? It is rare nowadays to have a family-safe movie. There is some low-brow humor, but nothing objectionable. Hey, it makes the kids laugh, right? I didn’t notice any language. (+.5)

Did it have “the look?” Animation has gotten to the point where a realistic image is easy to pull off. Well, maybe not easy, but technically possible. Then, the trick is to make something that is visually interesting. Something will style. Like a comic book. It’s not supposed to look natural. It’s supposed to look fantastic. This movie looks fantastic. (+.5)

Did it have “the feels?” Yes, this had some strong “triumphant” moments. I was brought to tears at one point. (+.5)

Score Breakdowns

Base Score: 4 + Modifiers: 2.5 = 6.5 (Must-See)

Spies in Disguise movie poster