Meh. This movie was too in love with itself. It offered no clever subplots or really anything of interest past the main conflict. I kept hoping something would happen. Even the things that do happen don't matter much. Two men who have been together 39 years (yes, rare) are inconvenienced when they need to move and stay in separate places for a few weeks. But it's not a comedy! This wasn't a slice of life film either. It was a piece of fluff that moved at a snail's pace. And I appreciate good foreign films' sensibility, but this didn't even have that. Just because a shot is held longer than it should be doesn't make it artistic.
I am seeing this a month late, but worth the wait!! Perfect sequel, and if I were 16 it would be my favorite summer movie this year (but probably Boyhood will be). Hill and Tatum work so well together, and the writing is near perfection. Seeing 21 jump street would be wise before this one, to realize how different things go this time. It's simply impossible not to appreciate the skills of Hill and Tatum!!
Rarely do I give 5 stars but this project is amazing, and so well executed. Brilliant. More than slice of life, this is slice of a decade, carefully packaged and completely accessible. Go see this in the theater.
I'll preface by saying I didn't see the Bway show. I was skeptical going into this due to the tomato meter rating of 54%, BUT it happened again where I would vote at least 7/10 for this and give it a Fresh. I liked learning about the Four Seasons, which I knew little about, and I had to come home and check the web to see what was real or not real in the film. I don't want to give away a plot point to say what I found a little boring, but I will say that I HATE when band biographies don't present their music with chronographic accuracy. Don't use a 70's single as background music during an event taking place in the 60's for example. I am glad I saw this movie (with my mom) and have a new appreciation for the Four Seasons.
I think I would have liked this more on a plane, when I had nothing better to do. It starts strong and peters out in my opinion. There were so many cliches I felt like this could've been on the Hallmark channel. Sofia proved she can't play any other character but herself, although you could tell she tried. I'm not sure why Scarlett Johansson opted to do this one.