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I did not find this to be "so bad it's funny", like basically everyone else in the world does. I thought that it was just flat out bad, and I really did not enjoy watching this! Just check out the best parts on YouTube! There's also plenty of other, WAY better, "so bad it's funny" movies! I've reviewed tons of them on here, on Rotten Tomatoes, but one in particular that comes to mind, that me and my friend really enjoyed watching, is Left Behind, with Nicolas Cage! I haven't seen that in years/year's, I'm going to have to watch it again, lol! I'm still excited for The Disaster Artist, though! I didn't get it at my theatre, and I may have gotten it almost an hour away, but I wouldn't want to drive that far for a movie I may not like!
Very disappointing entry from Adam McKay, who I typically think is fine, but really LOVE The Other Guys and The Big Short! Not that well directed, very choppy. The writing isn't very good, with a story that's barely there, but when it is, it's weak, and not enough laughs! (Barely any, actually, as a matter of fact!) This just seemed like the people involved's excuse to have a few jokes about adult step brothers that still act like, and seem like, kids. It's just pointless scenes strung together by a barely visible story that's not even that good, or that complex. I knew there was a reason why I saw it, but didn't remember much of it! Check out Talladega Nights, if you want to see Adam, Will, and John, together, in a halfway decent movie! But, all three of these people have done better work, whether they're together, or not, or in a random combination! But, if you want to check this out, you may not completely hate it, or at least not be completely mad that you saw it! Maybe you just want to see everything that one of these three people have done, or something else of that nature!
It's kind of like the typical high school movies, but it's so much better! It's way better made, way better delivered, and just overall way better! Mae Whitman is basically always good, but she kills it in here, and I love that she got to star in this one! I love Robbie Amell, and he was great in this, and probably the second best part of the movie! Bella Thorne gives a really good performance as an unlikable bitch! Allison Janney was fine, and gave a good enough performance, as expected, but it wasn't completely necessary, felt a little out of place, and a little forced. Maybe if there had been less, even though there was already barely any of her, it would have been better! Ken Jeong was also barely in the movie, as the typical "friend teacher", and he was fine. Not necessarily a bad performance or character, but I could take it or leave it. This actually has a lot in common with The Edge of Seventeen, another really good movie, and one of my favorites! It's like, this is the comedy version, and that's is the drama version! This is really well directed, and written, but the combination of the two is what really works, and makes this whole movie work! (Aside from the performances!) Maybe this is so good because it's based on a book? But I love this movie, I own it, and I definitely could re-watch it plenty of times!
(The cast and director, and that kind of information, isn't present for this movie, and hasn't been for a while, maybe even since it came out, which is weird, and unusual, right?!)
Just re-watched this 2/14/18, at night, fell asleep, finished it 2/15/18, in the morning, (I think I've only seen it the one time that I saw it in theatres) because I wanted to, and because When We First Met was so bad, and overall really very disappointing! (I wanted to make sure that I still liked this as much as I thought that I did, and that Ari Sandel was still a good director/directed this really well, and to see if it was still disappointing how bad his direction was for When We First Met, and just how bad that movie was overall in general!
One of the better made movies of the franchise. (At least the spinoffs, especially!) But not as well made as The Naked Mile (or maybe as well made, not sure.) Aside from that, maybe some decent performances, direction, and pacing, there's really not much else to like. This and Band Camp, are the weakest spinoffs. Band Camp is funny, but not well made, or as well acted, as this! It's closer to the main franchise, but not as good of a story or characters, or motivations, or just overall caring that much about the movie. This is definitely the worst, but not because it wasn't trying. Also, this Stifler is a disgrace to the movies, and the Stifler name. The actor is terrible, he doesn't look like he'd be a Stifler! His performance is terrible (as a Stifler, but as a performance, it's not that bad awful!) The character is bad, is barely in the movie, and has no laughs, but barely even any funny scenes, that were trying to be funny, but weren't funny! This is all around just a bad movie, and probably a lot of the reason why, is that it's very similar to the first American Pie movie! Also, the dream sequences suck, mostly because that's basically the only time that they show nudity, which is stupid, because if you have seen the other spinoffs, then you know that that's a huge part of them, and maybe probably why people like them! Also, I like Beth Behrs in it, but I just really like her as an actress! It was what got her started as an actress, and that's great, and just about the only reason I think that it's fine that this was made! (Plus, for her first performance, she's phenomenal! Even not for a first performance, it's pretty good! A lot of the reason it's not perfect, though, is because she didn't have much to work with in the writing, and not very well good direction!)
Slightly better made, but not as good of an overall movie as The Naked Mile! The Naked Mile had a good first act, that really developed the movie, and characters, well! This one, had a good first act, that also did that, but has a little bit of an advantage, because most of the characters were already developed! This movie also has a better third friend, in Bobby! Ryan wasn't bad, and I actually really liked him, but there was no comic relief, and all the characters were very similar! He was also way too similar to Dwight! Bobby is funny, kind of different from the rest, and not to be rude or "fat shame", but he doesn't look tall and fit, or just skinny, like the rest, which is nice to not just see a bunch of jocks hanging out together! (Although it wasn't that bad, because, again, I did like all of those characters, and their dynamic, and I do like The Naked Mile more, overall!) But, what this one doesn't have, is a strong final act, specifically The Greek Olympiad (I believe that that's what it is called?) The third act of The Naked Mile had the obviously good Naked Mile, but then it also had a good party with, some good competition! This one just had one thing, The Greek Olympiad, and it wasn't that bad or anything, but it was just typical party stuff, made into a competition! (I don't dislike it, though! -Also, this one is a classic with me and my best friend, so I have a little bit of a bias more towards this one, than The Naked Mile, even though I'm saying that I like that one more!) The villain of the last movie was so much better, and more unique, than the villain of this movie! (Not that this villain wasn't unique, because it/he kind of was!) The guy just didn't act/ perform as well, they didn't have as much to do, weren't as well written, and just overall weren't as good! So, overall, a weaker villain and third act event, are still kind of redeemed by an additional great character, a solid first act, it being a classic with my best friend and I, and just overall being slightly better made! (I also thought that Erik's girlfriend in this one was WAY better, as a character, and as an actress! But, maybe a slightly worse performance, but I think that that's mostly due to the writing, and direction, that she was given!)