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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 12, 2009 |

Wouldn’t you really like to see a big ensemble comedy? Here’s the premise: Five men reunite for a 30-year high school reunion over a Fourth of July weekend. Not much to it, but you don’t particularly need a high concept premise for a good ensemble comedy (see Knocked Up). You just need good material, a decent director, and a solid cast (don’t see Wild Hogs).

This movie, still untitled, has none of that. In fact, it’s sort of the corollary to what I imagine the studio-driven Breakfast Club remake would be like: Five comedic actors (two who are OK on their own) teaming up to form the ultimate suck. Hell, if you actually set out to cast the worst big name actors, you couldn’t do any worse than this team. Hang on to your jock straps, freaks. Prepare yourself mentally. Who am I kidding? There’s no way to appropriately prepare yourself for this roster of actors.

Deep breathe.

Adam Sandler. Kevin James. Chris Rock. Rob Schneider. David Spade.

Step away from the ledge. At least until I finish telling you who’s running the show. The movie will be directed by Dennis Dugan, who you know as the stellar director of such hilarious fare as Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and The Benchwarmers. Want more? The script comes from Sandler and Fred Wolf, who wrote the illustrious Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Without a Paddle and Strange Wilderness. It’ll all been done under the Happy Madison shingle, as if I had to tell you that.

OK. You can go ahead and jump now. Make sure to land head first — you don’t want to survive the fall.

And Do It Quickly / Dustin Rowles

Industry | February 12, 2009 |

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