Mary Poppins Returns
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A low-watt, low-wit comedy.
It almost seems like harder work somehow to get this many comedians together and then turn out a movie that is only so fitfully funny.
Its jokes won't appeal to anyone older than 8, but a parent who takes a child to this crass mess would be subject to prosecution.
After a lot of wandering around, we realize we've really just been walking in circles the whole time.
The humor in Nature Calls tends toward the dopey and obvious ...
The unmitigated disaster of the camping trip just stays disastrous, the story never really finding its way from adversity to heroic redemption.
Nature Calls eventually becomes something of an ordeal to sit through...
More "Hangover" than "Moonrise Kingdom," but with elements of both. And more than a few rude and raunchy laughs.
Forgettable, raunchy scouting comedy isn't for young kids.
... squanders its cast amid a collection of lackluster gags.
Nature Calls promises a silly good time, only to display little interest in fulfilling that promise.
It's probably best to let this particular call from nature go unheeded.
"Manhood. The only badge that matters."
Nature Calls is pretty much what you'd expect. It's a dumb comedy that doesn't really work and tries to push major themes like becoming a man. While it tries, it doesn't succeed. Basically the movie is an hour and fifteen minute exercise in how to not make jokes work. There were a few instances where something was funny, but for the most part jokes come and go without provoking even a chuckle.
Randy is a boy scout leader who is about to take over for his dying father. The scouts is all Randy knows and he loves it. He doesn't like where his troop is headed though. He has a small troop that doesn't even want to be there in the first place. When his camping trip that he had planned goes down the drain after the kids decide to go to a sleepover at Randy's brother, Kirk's house; Randy decides to take the boys and set off into the woods for the camping trip he always wanted. Kirk and some goons are on his trail though.
Patton Oswalt is a perfect actor for a character like this, I just wish the material was better. The movie is too short, poorly written, and horribly directed. With a better story, a better supporting cast, and a new director, this miserable movie could have been saved. As it is though, it's just another example of a failed comedy. Patton does what he can, but he doesn't have the presence to completely save a bad movie like some actors can.
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