I don't get it. I just don't get it. This is the movie hit of the summer? From all I had heard about this movie, I expected it to be the funniest fucking movie in years. Not even close.
Before I get labelled a hater, let me state that I did like parts of this movie. The acting was great. The last 20 minutes were indeed hilarious. But I had to sit through a lot of one-note characters, unfunny yelling, and overall mediocre screenwriting to get there. This movie felt like it was written by a guy my age who just couldn't get enough of National Lampoon's Vacation when he was a kid and used that movie as his model right down to the whole dead grandparent story line.
I really liked the character of the daughter. She was the only three dimensional character. The teenage son was painful to even look at. Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette's characters got really old really quick. Alan Arkin and Steve Carell were uniformly good though.
Overall, I think maybe this was simply a case of my expectations being raised too high. This movie definitely had its good moments. I think I would have enjoyed this more on TV. In fact, the whole thing played like an HBO family drama and might have been more suited for the small screen in the first place.
I admit that I can be awfully quick to judge a movie. In fact, I had a feeling back when this film first came out that I didn't want to see it. I don't know why - something about the title of the film and the poster and perhaps even the cast that just seemed too "indie" calculated for me. I was quite ready to be wrong when I heard how great it was. Turns out I was right (at least for me) in the first place. Hater Listmaker? Has a ring to it.
Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
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