The Green Hornet (2011)

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Critic Consensus: It's sporadically entertaining, but The Green Hornet never approaches the surreal heights suggested by a Michel Gondry/Seth Rogen collaboration.


Movie Info

In the 3D action-comedy The Green Hornet, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene - until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Fran Striker, George W. Trendle, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2011
Box Office: $98.8M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Britt Reid/The Green...

as Lenore Case

as James Reid

as Benjamin Chudnofsky

as Daily Sentinel Repor...

as Daily Sentinel Repor...

as Daily Sentinel Repor...

as Limo Girl

as Politician

as City Hall Reporter

as Funeral Businessman

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as TV Anchor

as TV Anchor

as TV Anchor

as TV Reporter (Red Est...

as Daniel Vertlieb/Dead...

as Archive Reporter

as Russian Aftermath Re...

as SWAT Leader

as Chauffeur

as Drug Dealer

as Drug Dealer

as Crackhead

as Armenian Gang Boss

as Pool Girl

as Club Bouncer

as Member of Chudnofsky...

as Member of Chudnofsky...

as Member of Chudnofsky...

as Member of Chudnofsky...

as Member of Chudnofsky...
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Critic Reviews for The Green Hornet

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (44)

[It] clocks in at a bloated 118 minutes. There is not, I promise you, 118 minutes worth of vital plot, special effects or comic business in this movie.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
TheWrap
Top Critic

Part origin story, part spoof, part bromance -- the movie can't decide. It winks at itself constantly, but only to hide its cluelessness.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
Newsday
Top Critic

The whole film feels fairly self indulgent on Seth Rogen's part. It's rather dull and quite a letdown.

Full Review… | August 10, 2013
We Got This Covered

Aside from the James Franco cameo, this story is one disappointment after another.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

This movie would a helluva lot better with paper mache sets.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

I like Seth, you like Seth. We all like Seth. BADLY miscast, here. And so was the director.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for The Green Hornet

To me this was an interesting comedy-drama-action movie that if anything showed off the acting chops and skill of Jay Chou here in the states. The movie was uneven at times but overall it was enjoyable. I think it perhaps rand a bit long almost 2 hours. It could have been about 15-20 minutes shorter.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

A spoiled playboy becomes a super-hero after his father leaves him a newspaper fortune.
Seth Rogen proved in Take this Waltz that he can play a character that isn't just Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words, but this is Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words. The rest of the cast is a comic book farce with each character playing type with no dimension.
The plot is about as predictable as it could be without a single twist or variation from the formula.
Overall, I hope Seth Rogen got a lot of money for this film because aside from that, the film fills no other purpose.

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hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

To be honest I think they simply made this film purely to see the 'Black Beauty' (the car) realised and looking sexy as hell in a modern action film. I kinda got the same impression with the film adaptations of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and 'Starsky and Hutch'.

There is so much car porn in this film its quite incredible. I am a bit of a car bod myself so I admit it was quite nice to see the interior of Reid's garage, but geez! car porn!!. Still the whole thing is predictably your typical blockbuster fare with silly over the top stunts, obvious CGI in places and a very very unoriginal plot which seems to be the standard Hollywood plot formula for all films of this genre. Wash, rinse and repeat folks.

First up, the very odd Terminator style POV vision used for Kato when he fights was rather strange and misplaced I must say, what the hell! frankly. Also the nasty violent segments and graphic deaths of one or two people (Chudnosky especially) seemed out of place for what is advertised as a film for all. Its one of these curious blends where the film appears to be advertised for the family yet out of nowhere BLAMMO! nasty violence which certainly isn't for the kids. Is this a loose comedy parody or a semi violent crime fighting flick? make your minds up.

Cast wise Rogen wasn't too bad as Reid despite him sounding like Fozzie the Bear every time he raised his voice. Some of his quips were amusing yet harmless and his clumsy overweight attempts at action were funny in dumb slapstick kinda way. Chou as Kato was as you would expect really...slick, slim and fast, a basic Bruce Lee air of coolness about his person. The fact he is the guy that does all the actual dangerous heroic stuff yet Reid/The Hornet is useless and gets all the attention was pretty formulaic admittedly, but that's the main gag really.

It does work but also kinda smears the image of this crime fighting hero, bit like 'The Lone Ranger' flick really. Could you say they are ruining the legacy of these characters? I guess, but hey anything for a quick laugh and a quick buck right.

Waltz was good as the baddie of course although this type of film seems way below his standards and he did feel a bit out of place if you ask me. Diaz was hardly used and quite right too as shes practically useless in everything she's ever done and a terrible actress.

Usual silly adaptation from Hollywood here. The original show was a cult but this is just a churned out cookie cutter affair with much over the top nonsense just as we saw with 'Charlie's Angels' and 'The A-Team'. All of which will be (has been) forgotten in the blink of an eye. I'm still waiting for the obligatory film adaptations of 'Airwolf' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man'...come on down.

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Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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