Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
USA, 2002. Touchstone Pictures, The Jacobson Company, Sonnenfeld Josephson Worldwide Entertainment, Sundale Productions Inc.. Screenplay by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, based on the novel by Dave Barry. Cinematography by Greg Gardiner. Produced by Tom Jacobson, Barry Josephson, Barry Sonnenfeld. Music by James Newton Howard. Production Design by Garreth Stover. Costume Design by Mary E. Vogt. Film Editing by Steven Weisberg.
Delayed after September 11th because it dealt with a terrorist bomb on an airplane, this film wouldn’t have been missed had it been left on the shelf forever. A failing advertising executive (Tim Allen) is somehow given a second chance at life when he has to save his prankster son (Ben Foster) from idiot criminals (Tom Sizemore, Johnny Knoxville) who take him and his friend (Zooey Deschanel) hostage and try to run away with them. Along the way, Allen meets Deschanel’s mother (Rene Russo) who takes a liking to him immediately.
The cast might be a drawing point to this totally unfunny comedy, but the film runs a short eighty-five minutes and hardly manages to go anywhere worthy of the great talent involved. Barry Sonnenfeld’s direction is as manic as ever, but without classy material like Get Shorty to work with, he’s completely out of luck. Also stars Dennis Farina (in an attempt to resurrect his role from Shorty), Stanley Tucci and Janeane Garofalo.