The Freshman Reviews
I can honestly say, unbelievable disappointment, the film wasn't funny, the jokes were extremely thin, Brando was there for the paycheck. The script is junk, the jokes bizarre but not actually funny and the story beyond ridiculous.
The main character Matthew Broderick the naive young man who is taken in the by the mob to courier protected Komodo dragon for mob boss Brando is so dumb and naive to the point that you can't take it seriously. "Jokes" or odd situations are unbelievable and stupid that it couldn't be funny.
For example the Komodo runs away and into a shopping mall, a small komodo and apparently that scares everyone in the building into a panic, and they have trouble getting it back as the dragon somehow gets itself onto elevators and so on...please.
For absolutely no reason at all Brando finds Broderick endearing and brings him into the famliy without barely knowing him...makes no sense at all.
The sidekick who recruits Broderick to be courier is also so dumb it's beyond belief, almost mental retardation level stupidity.
This might get a 93% if you're about 6 years old and have drank a bottle of coke, but for anyone with a functioning adult brain you would want a goddamn refund.
I actually thought the story was kind of lame for the most part. But as things came up to the end it actually picked up a bit, and had a decent ending.
It had a few medium funnies, but not as many as I expected.
Brando is CLEARLY playing the same Godfather type, and most of the plot revolves around Broderick in film school watching Godfather II.
I thought that kind of hurt this film, but the great cast really helped move it along.
I went to film school, so I could relate to all that stuff. Including the douche Professor that makes you buy his own book!!!! Argh! I so hated that garbage.
I liked how it wasn't all it seemed to be cause I liked some of these characters. Broderick and Whaley are really good together here, but as always Miller just steals the show. She may be the most adorable actress ever.
The Komodo Dragon was freaky looking and I applaud all the actors for touching it...I'd be running away.
Would have been much better if it wasn't winked at the audience so much about Brando looking like Brando in Godfather.