Giving credit where credit is due, Netflix knows how to buy up and distribute new movies at an absurd pace. That being said, there also needs to be some time spent on the editing floor for these things. Or just asking, should we actually buy this?
Netflix's newest action comedy, The Out-Laws, is an, assumed, easily consumable 1 hour and 35 minute movie. However, due to a poorly structured script, it feels monumentally long. A cast full of talent including Adam Devine, Nina Dobrev, Pierce Brosnan, Ellen Barkin, Richard Kind and Michael Rooker feels more like a hodge-podge gathering of people that happened to have open schedules than a cohesive unit. There are some bright spots throughout the film, including almost every line Owen's father Neil (Kind) and mother Margie (Julie Hagerty) have. But I would chalk these minor victories up to the comedic prowess of Kind and Hagerty. Not to the script they're utilizing.
The biggest affront of the film being the initial 15 minutes have some great jokes, nice quips, establishing our central couple as loving and intriguing. To which one may say, wait why is that such a bad thing? Well unfortunately, the following 15 minutes occur at such a breakneck pace, full of unnecessary attempts at jokes along with forced oddities that you can hardly comprehend the rest of the movie. A film that is putting a twist on the old Meet the Parents formula shouldn't have to try so hard for making meeting the in-laws an awkward encounter. An already surface level awkwardness inherently exists in any viewers mind which can be easily capitalized on with minimal effort. Small bits of humor along with uncomfortable moments can turn an ordinary dinner into a horrendous meeting of family members. This of course is how Meet the Parents was so good. Including strange interactions between Billy (Brosnan) and Owen when they first meet, an act that quickly disappears, is antithetical to the entire premise of the film. The same logic applies for Lilly and Owen's interactions as well.
I'm not implying that the "big twist" of Parker's parents being bank robbers should've been exposed immediately but the pretend subversion of the oh-my-in-laws-are-actually-world-renowned-criminals trope is lackadaisical at best.
I'm not trying to bash someone's work, I really try to be level-headed in my reviews but this might be the most difficult one to do so. And the worst part is, director Tyler Spindel also directed The Wrong Missy which was another one of the hardest movies to watch. At some point there needs to be some real discretion in the editing process. Especially concerning all of the "jokes" included in the script. As I had mentioned there were some quality lines right out of the gate that got me laughing. But then it seemed as though there was nobody in the writing room to say "that one might not work." And it shows. I think there may be about 58 dick jokes in the film and after the 32nd one I was actually agitated at any phallic shaped objects in my field of view. Now believe me I'm no curmudgeon, I love a great dick joke. But the imbalance of story, penis wordplay, and overall effect of the film just ruined everything. Having your villain say she would eat Billy's dick like a corn on the cob, then start chomping on a paint brush, is as lazy as it is flat out not funny.
All that being said, I can't wait for this to be Netflix's most watched movie ever.
And I do believe I've made that joke before but our editor is on vacation so why not go for it again.
Given how stale the plot, really everything alongside it as well, is you're going to want something to really freshen up this viewing. I will admit that I am not traditionally a purveyor of sours, however the one I had for this film was downright delightful. Coming from the lovely brewers at Reuben's Brews in Seattle Washington, the Fresh! Strawberry Rhubarb sour is a little pour from heaven. This is a fruited sour ale, oh I'm sorry, a heavily fruited sour ale that tastes as fresh as its name. Curated with what I'm told are in-season fruits this beer will have you questioning whether or not you know that rhubarb is a fruit. But is it though?
I have no clue the plant kingdom classification of rhubarb but what I can comment on is how delicious this beer is! The heavily-fruited descriptor has a connotation of overwhelming flavor but on the contrary it balances well with the sour ale tastes along with the esteemed simcoe hop. Coming off with a mellow pinkish-red color and a hazier appearance, it is evident you're going to have a great time with this beverage.
Not so much with the movie, but hey that's what the beer is for!