Am I the only one left scratching their head after this film going “where was the funny?”
After having to hear how great this film was from my wife having seen it this summer with her friends, “We were all laughing so hard, the theatre was laughing”, and the 92% approvals on Rotten Tomatoes I was really looking forward to it. I liked the cast, I liked quirky films like Napoleon Dynamite, Rushmore, etc. I really went in hoping for the best.
So we got the DVD, and about 30 minutes in I had to ask “Does it get funnier?”
Everything just seemed very cliche’ and predictable. Like I had seen all the gags before in different movies.
-Grandpa dies and they sneak him out and throw him in the back of the van.
Okay, didn’t they do that with the Aunt on National Lampoon’s vacation? But it was funnier cause they straped her to the top of the car?
-The grumpy wise cracking Grandpa. Didn’t I just get through watching a half a dozen seasons of Peter Boyle being grumpy on Everyone Loves Raymond? With funnier lines?
- Little girl beauty pageant with a snobby lady that runs it. Very, very cliche. At least Chrstie Allie was crazy-snobby in Drop Dead Gorgeous and a lot funnier.
-Going cross country in an old beater that has the door fall off. Seen it already in Planes, Trains, & Automobiles and Tommy Boy.
-Moody teenager who hates everyone and won’t talk to them but then comes to love everyone. Didn’t I see her in Uncle Buck?
I’m sorry. I really, really wanted to like this film. I was just disappointed when I got to the end and realized I hadn’t laughed once.
So, what were the funny parts?