Review Date: March 28, 2002
Director: Tom Dey
Writer: Keith Sharon, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Producers: Jane Rosenthal, Jorge Saralegui
Robert DeNiro as Mitch Preston
Eddie Murphy as Trey Sellars
Rene Russo as Chase Renzi
But the biggest problem with this comedy was actually quite simple: it just wasn't funny. I remember watching the first 30 minutes or so and suddenly realizing that nobody in the theatre was laughing at anything...including me! Sure, a couple of small things were humorous, but for the most part, the jokes just sat there, waiting for a response. The actual "story" was also extremely laborious, with the first hour of the film wasted in showing DeNiro's character nixing everyone who wanted him to do the reality show ("okay, we get it...he doesn't want to do the show...move on, already!"), and the rest of it trying to piece together some incredibly stale plotline which might've seemed appropriate for BEVERLY HILLS COP 8 or something, but felt very dated and boring here (oooh, the bad guy has a big gun...everyone run!). Ugh. So why am I even giving the film some marks? Well, it's definitely "light" on its feet, didn't really stink as much as it was "just there" and it's sure to go down easier on video/dvd. Rene Russo was also looking good every now and then (even though her character is wasted) and William Shatner shows up and does some funny shtick. But in the end, the film is nothing more than an obvious canned merchandising product from a studio who decided that with a recycled script, two big-name stars and a director who succeeded in one other "buddy comedy" (SHANGHAI NOON), the film just couldn't go wrong. Unfortunately, there's more to making good movies than finding the right ingredients...you also have to know how to cook, marinate and mix it all together to make it work just right.