Johnny English: Reborn (2011) – 3/10 espionage action comedy movie review

Cast / crew
Rowan Atkinson: Johnny English
Gillian Anderson: Pamela
Dominic West: Ambrose
Rosamund Pike: Kate
Daniel Kaluuya: Tucker
Richard Schiff: Fisher
Director: Oliver Parker
Producer: Tim Bevan
Producer: Eric Fellner
Producer: Chris Clark
Writer (Screenplay): Hamish McColl
Writer (Story): William Davies
Executive Producer: William Davies

Johnny English: Reborn (2011)

Years after being dismissed from MI7 in disgrace for the death of a Head of State during his watch, English is called back as the only trustworthy person for a contact who has details of another upcoming assassination.

3/10

This is a movie that very nearly works as the makers attempts to reduce English’s horrendously unfunny ineptitude from the first movie. Sadly, it absolutely does not work. This is a comedy where you frequently sit stony-faced through the comedy scenes and suffer queasily while Johnny English hits on every woman in the movie. What makes it more disappointing is how close it is to working. The thriller plot is fine, there’s a surprisingly nice relationship between English and Tucker, Dominic West is terrific and the action sequences are unusual and imaginative. Generally, English doesn’t bumble his way through. In the first one he uses his brain to outwit a more agile and younger opponent (using a lift instead of clambering down a building, for example). The helicopter sequence features a couple of good gags (chopping the trees and following the road). The wheelchair sequence is set up well, has a great location (The Mall) and a cool escape (spoiled in the trailer, of course). But for every good idea and each of the two funny moments ("Stop!" and "I’ve been trained to resist…"), there’s something excruciating to sit through and the whole movie makes you ache for some Roger Moore Bond; some fun and some fun action. Special mention for, arguably, the best scene which runs over closing credits as English prepares some dinner. If the whole movie had been this delightful, this would have been a classic.

This movie contains bad language, adult dialogue and violence and mild sensuality.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – 3/10 fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Rob Marshall
Screenplay Writer: Ted Elliott
Screenplay Writer: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Ted Elliott
Characters Creator: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Stuart Beattie
Characters Creator: Jay Wolpert
Novel Writer Suggested by the novel “On Stranger Tides”: Tim Powers
Johnny Depp: Jack Sparrow
Penélope Cruz: Angelica Malon
Geoffrey Rush: Barbossa
Ian McShane: Blackbeard
Kevin McNally: Gibbs
Sam Claflin: Philip
Astrid Berges-Frisbey: Syrena
Stephen Graham: Scrum
Keith Richards: Captain Teague

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Having a map to the Fountain of Youth, Jack Sparrow finds himself in demand as the English, under the captaincy of Hector Barbossa, try to beat the Spaniards to the loot. However, they aren’t the only runners in the race as the dread pirate Blackbeard is also trying to find it to stave off his prophesied death at the hands of a one-legged man.

3/10

This is a movie with an embarrassing lack of imagination and a barely coherent story. The cast all turn up but, with the exception of Penélope Cruz and her chests, that’s all they do. Ian McShane’s Blackbeard really looks the part and he, interestingly, plays it like he’s the hero and Geoffrey Rush’s repulsive Barbossa is the villain. Sadly, director Rob Marshall never uses this, or anything in the luxurious production, to do anything worthwhile or entertaining. Hans Zimmer’s music is too often intrusively bombastic as he desperately tries to drag some excitement out of the aimless action sequences; you just want to say “Hans! Turn it down will ya?!” This really is a poor show. P.S. The movie poster was taken from theshiznit.

This movie contains adult dialogue, violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010, Dull Tim Burton Fantasy Adventure) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Tim Burton
Writer (Screenplay): Linda Woolverton
Writer (Original Novels) “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”: Lewis Carroll
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck
Producer: Suzanne Todd
Producer: Jennifer Todd
Producer: Joe Roth
Johnny Depp: Mad Hatter
Anne Hathaway: White Queen
Helena Bonham Carter: Red Queen
Crispin Glover: Stayne – Knave of Hearts
Mia Wasikowskia: Alice
Alan Rickman: Blue Caterpillar
Stephen Fry: Cheshire Cat
Michael Sheen: White Rabbit
Timothy Spall: Bayard
Barbara Windsor: Dormouse

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Fleeing from a surprise and not exactly wanted wedding proposal, Alice falls down a hole into Underland, a fantastical place she presumes is one of her strange dreams.

3/10

Unengaging fantasy adventure with largely unappealing design (Anne Hathaway’s White Queen and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter especially). The dragon at the end is cool and Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen is a genuine highlight and an all-time great movie character. Everything and everyone else is dull and unconvincing. Mia Wasikowskia is bland and is saddled with a depressingly unconvincing modern-woman-before-her-time character. The decision to make the Mad Hatter some kind of swashbuckling hero is especially ridiculous and presumably only done to capitalise on Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean image. Half of Depp’s dialogue disappears into a impenetrable surprise Scottish accent, the other half makes little sense anyway, then he becomes a swordmaster. This is a disappointing dull disaster.

This movie contains violence, some graphic violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Max Payne (2008) – 3/10 revenge thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Director: John Moore
Writer (Screenplay) Based upon the Max Payne video game Published by Rockstar Games: Beau Thorne
Producer: John Moore
Mark Wahlberg: Max Payne
Mila Kunis: Mona Sax
Beau Bridges: BB Hensley
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: Jim Bravura
Chris O’Donnell: Jason Colvin
Donal Logue: Alex Balder
Kate Burton: Nicole Horne
Olga Kurylenko: Natasha

Max Payne (2008)

After the murder of his wife and child cop Max Payne uses his time in the cold case department to help him uncover clues as to the identity of the murderer. Finally, a chance meeting with the beautiful Natasha Sax causes events to be set in motion that, unfortunately, start with Max being suspected of murder.

3/10

Remarkably dull crime thriller that makes the typical mistake of not making it’s protagonists recognisably human. And that’s before our lead character takes the drug (that always causes psychosis and / or death) for a finalé which he strides forward looking like Frankenstein’s monster. Occasionally, the movie is good-looking and the sound designers had a field day (your subwoofer will get a neighbour-hassling workout). Appropriately, Mark Wahlberg uses a single facial expression throughout the film.

This movie contains sexual swear words and fictional substance abuse and strong violence, graphic gun violence, unpleasant and gory scenes and nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Butterfly on a Wheel (2007, Child Kidnap Thriller) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Mike Barker
Pierce Brosnan: Tom Ryan
Gerard Butler: Neil Randall
Maria Bello: Abby Randall
Claudette Mink: Judy Ryan
Nicholas Lea: Jerry Crane
Producer: William Vince
Producer: William Morrissey
Producer: Pierce Brosnan
Writer: William Morrissey

Butterfly on a Wheel (2007)

Happily married Neil and Abby Randall are put to ultimate test when their daughter Sophie is kidnapped and they are forced to make huge sacrifices in order to see her again.

3/10

This is a film which tries to ask the question ‘how far would you go to save someone you love?’ (and turns out, unsurprisingly, SPOILER to have an anti-adultery message ‘twist’) but embeds it in a set of really stupid actions that do not resonate with or convince anyone who does loves someone, i.e., the entire population of the world. On top of the transparently ridiculous story, the acting from Gerard Butler and Maria Bello is bland and unconvincing while Pierce Brosnan is merely adequate and manages to avoid delivering menace or charm with his bad guy.

This movie contains a couple of sexual swear words, brief strong adult dialogue and violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

The International (2009, Boring Conspiracy Thriller) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Tom Tykwer
Writer: Eric Warren Singer
Producer: Charles Roven
Producer: Richard Suckle
Producer: Lloyd Phillips
Clive Owen: Louis Salinger
Naomi Watts: Eleanor Whitman
Armin Mueller-Stahl: Wilhelm Wexler
Ulrich Thomsen: Jonas Skarssen
Brían F. O’Byrne: The Consultant
Jack McGee: Detective Bernie Ward
Music: Tom Tykwer
Eric Warren Singer: Cashier

International, The (2009)

Interpol and the New York District Attorney’s office are investigating megabank I.B.B.C. but keep finding their progress impeded by people continually dropping dead.

3/10

Sadly, almost instantly boring and uninvolving. One gets the impression that the filmmakers were attempting to make a more intelligent than usual globe-trotting thriller that relied on detective work, intelligence and intriguing moral quandaries instead of just shooting people in visually striking locations. The International, rather predictably then, is notably dull at the intelligence and detective work and rather good at shooting dudes in visually striking locations, specifically in The Solomon Guggenheim Museum and the rooftops of Istanbul. There are a couple of interesting wrinkles to try and give clichés a minor tweak but all the mildly positive points are lost in an ocean of boring.

This movie contains sexual swear words, mild adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes, graphic gun violence, extremely gory scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Duplicity (2009, Industrial Espionage Romance Movie) – 3/10 review

Julia Roberts: Claire Stenwick
Clive Owen: Ray Koval
Tom Wilkinson: Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti: Richard Garsik
Producer: Jennifer Fox
Producer: Kerry Orent
Producer: Laura Bickford
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy

Duplicity (2009)

Two ex-secret agents try to con a duelling pair of big businessmen out of $40 million.

3/10

This probably sounded really clever in Tony Gilroy’s head but he doesn’t manage to get it down on paper or up on screen. His principle saviour is Clive Owen (Julia Roberts looks ill with her sunken eyes) who makes most of his scenes feel fun even when they’re not and you’re not terribly interested in what’s going on. The opening credits are a bit of a hoot as two middle-aged men have a handbags-at-dawn fight in super-super-slo-mo (150 frames-per-second) but that’s the only interesting thing in a transparently-plotted (who’s fighting who at the start), woefully unconvincing, generally useless movie.

This movie contains mild adult dialogue and brief violence and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

7 Seconds (2005, Movie) – 3/10 review

Director: Simon Fellows
Wesley Snipes: Jack Tuliver
Tamzin Outhwaite: Kelly Anders
Pete Lee-Wilson: Alexsie
Deobia Oparei: Spanky
Georgina Rylance: Suza
Director of Photography: Simon Fellows
Writer: Martin Wheeler
Martin Wheeler: Cole

7 Seconds (2005)

Ex-Delta Force dude Jack Tuliver has become a master thief (it’s the law or something) and his latest target is a $20 million casino cash heist but it’s complicated by the presence of a $65 million Van Gogh in the loot meaning the stakes are even bigger than he thought. Because, you know, no-one cares about $20 million in cash.

3/10

It’s vaguely exciting and never loses the interest but star Wesley Snipes is probably the weakest link in the movie as he disdainfully trudges his way through his lines and action. His half-heartedness (look at his face on the DVD cover) is made more obvious because he occasionally remembers he is actually a highly capable actor but his talent only comes through in snippets. Co-star Tamzin Outhwaite is much more interesting on-screen and strides around with rather more purpose and charisma until she is sidelined for Snipes’ action climax. Outhwaite’s the reason I rented and she is fine but is capable of being great in something much better.

This movie contains strong adult dialogue, sexual swear words and extreme and graphic violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and sex scene, female nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Enchanted (2007, Movie) – 3/10 review

Director: Kevin Lima
Writer: Bill Kelly
Amy Adams: Giselle
Patrick Dempsey: Robert Philip
James Marsden: Prince Edward
Timothy Spall: Nathaniel
Idina Menzel: Nancy Tremaine
Rachel Covey: Morgan Philip
Susan Sarandon: Queen Narissa
Narrator: Julie Andrews
Kevin Lima: Pip in New York

Enchanted (2007)

On the day she is to marry her fairy-tale prince, Andalasian commoner Giselle is pushed into the real world by the wicked Queen Narissa. Prince Edward arrives to rescue her but true love may have other plans.

3/10

So the movie opens with a chap who takes a mentally-disturbed babe back to his apartment and then insists his six-year-old daughter spend the night in his bed. Yeah, you try that. Kevin Lima’s fantasy romance has a heart-warming reputation but that wasn’t what I felt. The morals are: don’t get married after a day (dump him and marry someone else after knowing them for a day), think only of yourself (if you follow your heart it’s fine to steal someone’s else fiancée; in fact, the fiancée will appreciate it) and spend obscenely using the real magic of the credit card; at the time, of course, the Disney company motto. The only positive aspect is James Marsden’s Prince Edward with his fabulous floppy hair, irresistible grin and boundless enthusiasm ("thank you for taking care of my bride, peasants"). Alan Menken’s songs and score are notably bland, especially with the clear echo of Menken’s classic scores for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Watch them and this back-to-back and weep for Walt.

This movie contains fantasy violence, mild fantasy peril.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

The Terminal (2004, Movie) – 3/10 review

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer (Screenplay): Sacha Gervasi
Writer (Screenplay): Jeff Nathanson
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Niccol
Writer (Screenplay): Sacha Gervasi
Producer: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks: Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci: Frank Dixon
Chi McBride: Mulroy
Diego Luna: Enrique Cruz

Terminal, The (2004)

Viktor Navorski is travelling to New York from Krakorzia but en route a coup in his country means that his passport and entry visa become invalid. Not able to fly home or enter the United States he is told that he must stay in the International Flight Lounge until the situation is resolved. To everyone’s surprise, instead of bolting for the door, he does exactly as he is told…

3/10

Unconvincing. And that’s being nice. Despite three credited screenwriters the script has not had its bugs ironed out and this undermines the ever-brilliant Tom Hanks and the super-slick Spielberg coating. The fact is, this is two-minute news fluff and is here horribly stretched to a lifeless two hours. It’s pretty safe to say that this mistaken mess will be Spielberg’s worst and most worthless ever film.

This movie contains adult references and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Lady in the Water (2006, Movie) – 3/10

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer: M. Night Shyamalan
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Paul Giamatti: Cleveland Heep
Bryce Dallas Howard: Story
Bob Balaban: Harry Farber
Jeffrey Wright: Mr. Dury
Sarita Choudhury: Anna Ran
Cindy Cheung: Young-Soon Choi
Freddy Rodriguez: Reggie
Bill Irwin: Mr. Leeds
Jared Harris: Goatie Smoker
Mary Beth Hurt: Mrs. Bell
M. Night Shyamalan: Vick Ran

Lady in the Water (2006)

After investigating some nocturnal splashing in the apartment pool, caretaker-with-a-past Cleveland Heep slips over and awakes in his room in the company of a rather under-dressed and otherworldly young woman. She calls herself Story and Heep realises that he must protect and help her return to her own world at any cost.

3/10

Impenetrable, uninteresting and unconvincing fairy tale. It’s pretty well directed and acted but the writing is incoherent and clumsy and completely buries any worthwhile message M. Night Shyamalan wanted to deliver. That said, the one-sided muscle-man is an agreeably insane idea but it is James Newton Howard’s music that is the only element of a consistently high quality.

This movie contains inferred violence, unpleasant scenes and inferred non-sexual nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ocean’s Twelve (2004, Movie) – 3/10

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: George Nolfi
Producer: Jerry Weintraub
Writer (Original Characters): George Clayton Johnson
Writer (Original Characters): Jack Golden Russell
George Clooney: Danny Ocean
Brad Pitt: Rusty Ryan
Matt Damon: Linus Caldwell
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Isabel Lahiri
Andy Garcia: Terry Benedict
Don Cheadle: Basher Tarr
Bernie Mac: Frank Catton
Carl Reiner: Saul Bloom
Elliott Gould: Reuben Tishkoff
Robbie Coltrane: Matsui
Eddie Izzard: Roman Nagel
Cherry Jones: "Molly Star"/ Mrs. Caldwell
Jeroen Krabbe: van der Woude
Julia Roberts: Tess Ocean

Ocean’s Twelve (2004)

When Terry Benedict catches up with Ocean’s Eleven he demands repayment plus interest within two weeks or he’ll have them all killed. The team get back together to start stealing more stuff to pay Benedict off but a third party has yet to reveal himself.

3/10

Fully bad sequel to the original better-than-expected remake of the rose-tinted remembrance of a 60’s original. A line or two are nice, the cast seem to be enjoying themselves (except Julia Roberts) and Catherine Zeta Jones looks impossibly lovely but it’s difficult to pull out anything positive of importance. The heists are spectacularly unconvincing and the plot is transparent and / or breathtakingly stupid.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Chain Reaction (1996, Movie) – 3/10

Producer: Arne Schmidt
Director: Andrew Davis
Keanu Reeves: Eddie Kasalivich
Morgan Freeman: Paul Shannon
Rachel Weisz: Lily Sinclair
Fred Ward: FBI Agent Ford
Kevin Dunn: FBI Agent Doyle
Brian Cox: Lyman Earl Collier
Writer (Story): Arne Schmidt
Writer (Story): Rick Seaman
Writer (Story): Josh Friedman
Writer (Screenplay): J.F. Lawton
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Bortman
Producer: Andrew Davis

Chain Reaction (1996)

Eddie Kasalivich is a machinist working on a project to create pollution free energy from water. One night the laboratory is blown up in spectacular fashion, destroying eight city blocks, but Eddie discovers that the explosion was rather more than an accident.

3/10

After the high-quality career blip of The Fugitive director Andrew Davis returns to more typical form with this spectacularly unconvincing action thriller. While he keeps things moving swiftly throughout and showcases some nice stuntwork (especially on a Chicago bridge) it’s not enough to even vaguely disguise the silliness of the story and the tiresome dreadfulness of the script. To their credit, the actors perform reasonably well; everyone seems to be taking their roles very seriously and Freeman is acting as if he is in a much better film. Oddly, the climax’s big special effect is shown after the end credits. On a side note, I am sure J.D. from Scrubs would be delighted to see the Janitor get shot again as he did in Davis’ The Fugitive.

This movie contains unpleasant scenes, violence.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

The Interpreter (2005, Movie) – 3/10

Director: Sydney Pollack
Nicole Kidman: Sylvia Broome
Sean Penn: Tobin Keller
Catherine Keener: Dot Woods
Jesper Christensen: Nils Lud
Yvan Attal: Philippe
Executive Producer: Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer: Anthony Minghella
Writer (Story): Martin Stellman
Writer (Story): Brian Ward
Writer (Screenplay): Charles Randolph
Writer (Screenplay): Scott Frank
Writer (Screenplay): Steven Zaillian

Interpreter, The (2005)

UN interpreter Silvia Broome overhears a planned assassination being discussed in the General Assembly Room (after hours, of course). Even though the authorities consider this somewhat unlikely (even a Hollywood movie would find this stretching credulity), they have to take all possible threats seriously and assign Tobin Keller to investigate.

3/10

Surprisingly incompetent would-be Hitchcockian / 1970’s political thriller whose professional sheen cannot mask the endlessly poor dialogue and plot. The uselessness extends all the way down to the prop department who deliver two of the worst photoshopped images in cinema history. Sydney Pollack paces things deliberately and it’s not boring, exactly, as it moves toward the ridiculous climax, just broken.

This movie contains graphic gun violence, strong unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

World Trade Center (2006) – 3/10

Director: Oliver Stone
Writer Based on the True Life Events of John & Donna McLoughlin and William & Allison Jimeno: Andrea Berloff
Nicolas Cage: John McLoughlin
Michael Peña: Will Jimino
Maggie Gyllenhaal: Allison Jimeno
Maria Bello: Donna McLoughlin
Stephen Dorff: Scott Strauss
Jay Hernandez: Dominick Pezzulo
Michael Shannon: Dave Karnes
Donna Murphy:
Frank Whaley: Chuck Sereika

World Trade Center (2006)

Two New York Port Authority policemen are trapped alive beneath the fallen World Trade Center.

3/10

Intrusive and clumsy feeling disaster epic. Despite being based on testimony and created with the input of those involved, it’s remarkably unconvincing aswell. Amazingly, not even Maria Bello’s eyes are convincing. There’s even a scene where three Americans don’t have a single mobile phone between them. Now make sure you go and watch United 93.

This movie contains sexual swear word and extended peril and mild sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Available on DVD.

Mulan 2 (2004, Movie) – 3/10

Director: Darrell Rooney
Director: Lynne Southerland
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Lucker
Writer (Screenplay): Chris Parker
Writer (Screenplay): Roger S.H. Schulman
Ming-Na Wen: Mulan
B.D. Wong: Shang
Mark Moseley: Mushu
Composer (Lyrics) Original Songs: Alexa Junge
Music Composer Original Songs: Jeanine Tesori

Mulan 2 (2004)

Mulan and Shang have decided to marry but a mission to escort three princesses to conclude a marriage alliance with a neighbouring country that will guarantee peace and security may provoke tension that will drive a wedge between them. That and the malevolent scheming of Mushu who doesn’t want to lose his ancestral pedestal.

3/10

Despite decent new songs (though there’s only two), Mulan 2 degenerates from blandly competent to deliver a toe-curlingly negative and typically American movie message. The film’s moral is “your duty is to your heart” which is a pretty way of saying ‘be selfish.’ Therefore, every character in the movie thinks only of themselves and that, sadly commonplace, attitude is not something we should be passing on to our progeny. Mark Moseley provides a remarkable Eddie Murphy impersonation but gets nothing fun, funny or positive to say throughout the entire film. This sequel is, as with many Disney home video premiere’s, an offensive insult to the original movie.

This movie contains violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

D-War (aka Dragon Wars) (2005, Movie) – 3/10

D-War

Dragon Wars (2005)

Every 500 years, er, a pair of super-giant snakes – one good, one evil – get the opportunity to consume the spirit of a 20-year-old woman who had been born with the tattoo of a dragon on her right shoulder. This allows the snake to become a dragon and become as powerful as, well, a super-giant snake probably.

3/10

Eye-brow-raisingly awful fantasy monster movie (the most expensive in Korean film history) with strong visual effects. The story and script, perhaps impressively, never cease to take the breath away with their incompetence; writer / director Hyung Rae-Shim never manages a single not-terrible line, even accidentally. There is also a notable lack of dragon wars in the movie with a climactic fight between a dragon and a snake proving to be the only appearance of a dragon. That said, the effects are good, the action editing is quite effective and I got a surprising kick out of seeing a Chinese-style dragon in CG, something I’ve never seen in any other movie.

This movie contains fantasy monster violence against each other and against humans.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Be Cool (2005, Movie) – 3/10

Be Cool (2005)

A disillusioned Chili Palmer decides its time to get out of the movie business and decides to try his hand at the music business.

3/10

F. Gary Gray brings his total lack of style and absolutely no understanding of comedy to this entirely worthless sequel to the better-than-expected Get Shorty. He also manages to waste an impressive cast who, Vince Vaughn aside, do good work, especially Uma Thurman and Dwayne Johnson (when is someone going to give him a good movie?).

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words, frequent mild swear words in song lyrics, adult dialogue, abusive dialogue and extreme baseball bat violence, graphic violence, unpleasant scene of man set on fire and sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult..