Out this weekend: The Brothers Grimsby

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This will not do me any favors in intellectual circles, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat was revelatory for me growing up, and I still think it’s one of the funniest movies of all time. But it’s been a hard act to follow throughout his career, and his latest film The Brothers Grimsby combines the genres of spy thriller and numbskull comedy to apparently middling effect. Here are some of the best reviews, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes (currently sitting at a 38% rotten):

Once as rudely uproarious as flatulence at a funeral, Cohen’s shtick now simply stinks. He’s turned into a dumber and crueller version of Benny Hill, stooping without conquering as jokes about obesity, disabilities, AIDS, effluence and orifices spew like a broken sewer pipe. (Peter Howell, The Star)

The bad news is that situations cooked up by writers Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham, on the other hand, are entirely execrable. Literally. There’s a bizarre, obsessive fixation on bodily fluids (in the gallons) and orifices (for spelunking). The problem is that the writers overly rely on these taboo, gross-out displays to provide laughs, instead of, you know, actual jokes. There is no private part of the body — male, female, animal, inside, out — left unmolested by the writers of “The Brothers Grimsby,” and it’s what ultimately derails the film (Katie Walsh, The Chicago Tribune)

And again, seriously, there’s a scene with elephant(s) that comes with such surprise, girth, and dedication that one will be hard-pressed not to laugh loudly, if uncomfortably. Grimsby’s provocative, but not stupid. It knows what kind of humor it wants to achieve, and often scores big. (Blake Goble, Consequence of Sound)

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Author: woatblog

Project for COMM 347 at Fredonia State. I have an extensive collection of bobbleheads.

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