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The Honeymooners (2005)

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14

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 96

This pointless remake of the classic TV series only offers generic characters and gags.

15

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

This pointless remake of the classic TV series only offers generic characters and gags.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 9,535

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One of television's most beloved sitcoms gets an overhaul for the big screen in this comedy. Ralph Kramden (Cedric the Entertainer) is a New York City bus driver who has great ambitions and plans to make something of himself one day. However, Ralph's big ideas usually take the form of half-baked get-rich-quick schemes which invariably fail, much to the chagrin of his long-suffering wife, Alice (Gabrielle Union). But Ralph always has a loyal ally in his best friend and upstairs neighbor, Ed

Nov 22, 2005

$12.8M

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The comedy wannabe has the lamest, most predictable banter of any recent movie.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The real problem is that the Kramdens' precarious financial situation, which gave the original its poignant frisson, is sidestepped.

June 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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I like the cast. They're very talented, they're really funny, they have a dreadful script to work with.

June 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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John Leguizamo steals the show as its sleazy trainer -- not that there's much to steal from John Schultz's joylessly schematic paycheck.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There's plenty of space up there for a colony of mediocre filmmakers. That's right, folks. To the moon. Bang! Zoom!

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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There are two ways to look at the big-screen adaptation of The Honeymooners - as an adaptation of the show, and as a film in it's own right. Either way it's a film that occasionally works, but never manages more than that.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The script (credited to four screenwriters) uses a plethora of already-dated urban inside humor that reeks of pandering.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A disconnected series of skits and one-liners likely to satisfy children while only infuriating nostalgic adults in search of the magic of the Fifties sitcom.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

A stroll down sitcom memory lane in name only, The Honeymooners seems as if any resemblance to the original TV classic could only be accidental.

May 29, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Fans of the original series probably won't care for it, and the rest of us could probably get the same kind of entertainment in our living rooms, for free.

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Even if one were willing to overlook the fact that The Honeymooners is virtually nothing like the show that supposedly inspired it, the film would still come off as an unnaturally prolonged, second-rate UPN sitcom.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It could be part-autobiographical for director John Schultz who blunders through a tediously half-baked plot and fails to make it pay off.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Silly remake, but not the worst of the year

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Wordmag.com
Wordmag.com

Alas, there's not a hint of creativity or wit here.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Bland, disappointing - quickly forgettable and regrettable

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

"The Honeymooners" is a good-natured movie that's not so much a remake as a nod to the old television series.

June 27, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If we can recast Jackie Gleason's signature role of Ralph Kramden with Cedric the, ahem, "Entertainer," why not Jim Carrey as Cliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show Movie"?

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat
Los Angeles CityBeat

Cedric the Entertainer inhabits Kramden's role comfortably, but there's no rage or bite in his acting.

June 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I have some real affection for The Honeymooners because I liked the core cast so much. I just wish that everything else was on the same level.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The concept alone is misguided, awkward, and distracting. The plot is no improvement.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Four screenwriters, including veteran TV producer Danny Jacobson, have cobbled together a script so rickety that it could itself pass as one of Ralph Kramden's harebrained get-rich schemes.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Rather than putting a modern stamp on a reliable product, The Honeymooners renders one of the most distinctive formulas in television history entirely anonymous.

June 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Cedric The Entertainer is a smart, charismatic guy, but those qualities are MIA in The Honeymooners. The movie doesn't deserve him.

June 17, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

I found the movie to be sweet and heartwarming.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Audience Reviews for The Honeymooners

I quite liked this film. It didn't suffer from having loads of cliques like it could have done. I'm not familiar with the original Jackie Gleason version, so I give it the thumbs up! (although when/if I get round to seeing it, it may very well mean that stars come off)
October 1, 2009
SirPant

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A Man With A Plan To Make It Rich Working class New York bus driver Ralph Kramden is always coming up with get-rich-quick schemes for him and his best friend, Ed Norton, who's always around to help him get in (and out of) trouble. Ralph Kramden and sanitation engineer Ed Norton are best friends whose schemes are the only things bigger than their dreams. The most recent get-rich-quick plan finds the boys out to make a fast buck by training and racing a stray greyhound. When Alice's dream of buying a home looks like it could become a reality, the Kramdens team up with their best friends who live upstairs, Ed and Trixie, to amass the $20,000 for a down payment before a shady land developer beats them to it. The Honeymooners gives a few nods to the original series, like Ed's trademark hat, and a sweet twist on Ralph's signature line: instead of threatening to knock Alice to the moon, he promises to take her there someday.
October 28, 2011
mndsawas

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Why bother? Jackie Gleason did it best. Cedric the Entertainer was a QUIET version of Jackie Gleason in the sitcom...good try though...
December 15, 2007
Fascade518

Super Reviewer

A Complete and Original "Tv-Show turned Movie, and Maybe that's why it was only as half as good as a normal half and hour Sit-com?
November 4, 2009
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