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The D Train offers Jack Black a too-rare opportunity to showcase his range, but its story and characters are too sloppily conceived to hold together as a film.
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Satirising male midlife breakdown and bromantic anxiety in a way that brings a certain subtext up to the surface.
Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, making their directorial debut, manage the difficult task of keeping the audience engaged even though both of the main characters are unlikable.
"The D Train" may be a scant and rather unconvincing comedy, but it deserves credit for taking a risk.
Nothing about "The D Train" feels the least bit authentic, and worse, little about it is funny. That's a deadly recipe for a dark comedy.
The last act of The D Train becomes a hilarious, deeply weird, and ultimately touching medley of delusion, humiliation, and friendship.
The movie goes for grin-and-cringe-inducing, and instead achieves "excruciating."
THE D TRAIN has a lot of panache and a solid vision, but just can't quite stick the landing in the film's final minutes.
A directorial debut, which accounts for a tone that is all over the shop, but some wry smiles to be had, particularly from Marsden strutting his stuff.
"The D Train" isn't your usual, raucous Jack Black vehicle. Rather, there's an unexpected depth of drama in this weird little film.
Check out "The D Train" for an unlikely comedy that's a bit over the top, but truly entertaining.
A familiar story told in a fresh way. It's about growing up, letting go, and about deceiving appearances.
There are some lapses in taste along the way but Black and Marsden both impress in an undeniably original film that defies convention and offers almost as much drama as comedy.
Jet black comedy drama with two standout performances and a hard R rating.
The least awkward part of the movie was the gay sex.
The D Train is an odd movie. It's an interesting one, don't get me wrong, but it's an odd one for sure. I'm a rather faithful comedy fan and have said many times on this site before that I carried a rather rabid affinity for the fan appointed "Frat Pack" that originally consisted of Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Owen and Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. Any time any of these guys decided to head up a film there was a desperate hope they would include a couple of the others in the proceedings. Soon, Judd Apatow and his gang emerged and the universe has been expanding ever since. In the wake of this merger it always felt like Black was somewhat left behind. This was obviously unfortunate given Black is one of those guys who can make you laugh with a simple facial expression, but his output has become increasingly stale since hitting a high mark in 2008 with Tropic Thunder and Kung-Fu Panda. Looking back through his filmography it is almost alarming how little he has done in the past few years with his last out and out feature being the horribly marketed and little-seen The Big Year in 2011. With The D Train, Black seems to be making something of a statement in that, at the very least, he'd like to see his career go in a more mature way, one that puts him in the position of actually investing in his characters and developing his skills rather than simply cashing the quick check and making the same faces. We've seen this before from the comic, especially in the underrated Bernie, but here it is more of a concentrated effort than the seemingly haphazard way in which Black picked projects prior.
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