The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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By the end, it's curiously unformed, almost a blueprint for another movie.
Its tone swings violently from pratfall to preachment, from an indictment of featherbed laziness to an extended beer-commercial celebration of the mythical American worker.
Drawn from real life, the conflict between cultures is good for both a laugh and a sober thought along the way.
The hero, though funny, is ultimately unsympathetic, securing through his cosy pacts nobody's position but his own, while the upbeat ending justifies strike-breaking. With comrades like this, who needs class enemies?
It's more cheerful than funny, and so insistently ungrudging about Americans and Japanese alike that its satire cuts like a wet sponge.
A disappointment, a movie in which the Japanese are mostly used for the mechanical requirements of the plot, and the Americans are constructed from durable but boring stereotypes.
Keaton is lovable, as usual, but he comes across as a dumb jerk. This was an obvious attempt at 1930s-type social comedy. Social it may have been; comedic it wasn't.
Delivers plenty of laughs and cross-cultural insights in this drama about the contrast between American and Japanese attitudes toward work.
Howard appears to have learnt surprisingly little about comic timing during his long tenure on Happy Days, leaving his star with little to do but force an inane grin and hope for the best.
The stereotypes are too broad for comfort, despite some funny moments.
The sort of movie that makes you understand why you don't much see Keaton anymore.
Ron Howard has as much business lamenting the death of the Rust Belt as Russ Meyer adapting Shakespeare -- and it shows.
Gung Ho is a brilliantly hilarious political satire from director Ron Howard. Starring Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, and Mimi Rogers, the cast is quite strong and gives some really good performances; especially Keaton, who's comedic gold. The story follows a closed down car factory that gets reopened by a Japanese company, but the differences between the American and the Japanese work ethic soon puts the factory's future in jeopardy. The comedy is well-written and does an impressive job with the cultural humor. A good natured film about friendship and teamwork, Gung Ho is tremendously fun and entertaining.
Almost okay for the times. Way too dated now.
Half hearted culture clash comedy packed with racial stereotypes and (surprise surprise) life lessons. The fact that the arrogance of the US workers wavers when they come to understand their japanese counterparts gives the film some small merit, but it's horribly contrived and just plain unfunny.
Michael Keaton hasn't reckoned just how few laughs will stem from the idea that the Japanese are hard-working automatons while Yanks take a more relaxed view of the work ethic.
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