I’m a huge Jack Black fan, both as a comedic actor and a dramatic one. I think he’s very underrated, and some of the more serious roles he’s done have given us a glimpse of what he’s capable of. Another actor I think is underrated is James Marsden, who’s given some great supporting performances in comedies like Anchorman 2, and has really found his feet since he’s stopped taking himself seriously. So put these two in a comedy together, and throw Mike White into the mix (writer of School of Rock, which features what is in my opinion Jack Black’s funniest performance to date), and you’ve got me interested in your film.
The first thing that anyone should know is that this isn’t really a comedy. It’s one of those films that has just enough jokes to put together a funny trailer, and to technically classify itself as a comedy, but it’s really a lot more focused on the dramatic elements of the story.
With that out-of-the-way, I can say this is a pretty good film overall. Most of the jokes that are in the film land, as do a lot of the dramatic moments. I was nowhere near tears, but I found myself caring about the characters, and I really wanted to know where the story was going. You probably won’t be surprised to find that I have nothing but good things to say about the film’s leads, Black and Marsden, but there are also some great supporting performances from Katheryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambour.
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