What's the Worst That Could Happen?
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A brilliant cat burglar, Kevin Caffery (Lawrence) has just fallen in love with a young waitress (Carmen Ejogo) who gives him her father's ring as a token of their everlasting love. When Kevin robs the house of ruthless and corrupt tycoon Max Fairbanks (DeVito), he is caught, and Max ends up keeping Kevin's ring for himself. With his pride damaged and worried that his girlfriend will find out about the missing ring, Kevin begins a series of elaborate retaliations to get his property back and destroy Max's media empire in the process.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The answer is obvious when the movie has a lame title as such. It's always dangerous to give a movie a title like this, because some "critic" out there is inevitably going to go for the cheap shot of "This! This could be the worst that could happen," no matter how good or bad the film really is. In this case, though, if you're a critic, don't be afraid to use the line, because you will not be alone. I did not laugh once during this supposed "comedy." This movie is about two guys fighting over a small piece of jewelry. Every supporting character, at one point or another, says that the men are behaving like children, and that this competition is stupid. I agree. So, if the cast of the film even admits that the story is pointless, why have I been forced to sit down and watch the movie? That's the question I found myself asking at numerous points during this film. There is nothing of value in this picture. There is no lesson. There is no humor. And to make matters worse, this movie was based on a novel. Not only was this horrible movie released into theaters, but someone decided to publish the book as well!
Martin Lawrence, though usually a funny guy, is just so unfunny in this movie. He does his best to make you laugh, but he can only do so much with the script. Danny DeVito loses credibility simply for starring in this movie. He might have been able to pull a decent joke out the film, but after watching Lawrence pretend to "back his ass up," the entire movie was just a ridiculous waste of time. The remainder of the cast consists of several semi-big names like John Leguizamo and William Fichtner who add nothing to the movie other than to act like the stereotypical Latino and gay guys who they play. Overall, two big enthusiastic thumbs...down. This is probably the worst movie I've seen from 2001.
First up is two commentary tracks on Side A. Which means that I had to watch this movie two more times (as much as I could stand anyway). The first commentary track, if you want to call it that, features director Sam Weisman and producer David Hoberman. It is one of the worst commentary tracks I have ever heard. It's so boring and they take such long breaks between their short sporadic moments of actually discussing the film that I wouldn't even consider it a commentary track. The other commentary track features most of the cast including Danny DeVito, William Fichtner and Bernie Mac. Though it's better than the first one, this one still doesn't offer much as each cast member speaks sporadically as well. Boring!
On Side B of the DVD their are 9 deleted scenes. Some of them are actually entertaining, including the alternate ending which makes you wonder why they deleted them to begin with since they are more entertaining than the final movie. There is also a montage of outtakes which are much funnier than anything in this movie. There is also a Scene Stealers Featurette, which is your basic behind-the-scenes featurette featuring cast and crew interviews in-between footage of the film and on-the-set footage. Rounding off the extras is a music video called "Music" by Erick Sermon featuring Marvin Gaye and the original theatrical trailer for the film.
If you've kept up with my review up to this point then you know that I do not recommend seeing this movie. The movie is pretty bad and the DVD doesn't have any saving graces besides some pretty funny outtakes. So I'd skip this movie and rent, buy or whatever some other movie/DVD instead.