Vince Di Meglio
Am I being unfair? Sure, but it’s only because I care about the career of Keaton, and to a lesser extent Liv Tyler, and to a much, much lesser extent Dax Shepard.
So, right, the plot. On the same day Noah Cooper (Shepard) gets fired from his job as a physical therapist, his mother, Marilyn (Keaton), shows up in a pumpkin costume (it’s Halloween, ya see) with her five dogs looking for a place to stay. And, no surprise, she’s a pain in the ass.
Meanwhile, his wife, Clare (Tyler), is ovulating. But, since Noah couldn’t imagine passing on the damaged Cooper seed, a subplot develops where he tries repeatedly to kill his sperm and avoid sex with his wife. Tight underwear = funny, right?
The director is Vince Di Meglio, whose best work--as a digital artist on Miss Congeniality--is far behind him. So is Keaton’s. Tyler will bounce back and Shepard can do better (see Baby Mama).
And the one star? It goes to whoever selected “The Monster Mash” for the soundtrack.
Behind the Scenes (7:30): Interviews, on-set footage, and clips fill out this standard promotional featurette.