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Austin Found

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature, misguided comedy about faked child kidnapping.

Movie NR 2017 104 minutes
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Packed with talented comedy stars, this misguided misfire isn't just unfunny; it doesn't seem like it was ever supposed to be -- it wanders, lost between a serious crime drama and a biteless satire. Though Cardellini is a terrific, often underrated performer, she can't generate much sympathy or interest in her bitter, selfish character. She's supposed to be a metaphor for media-obsessed Americans, but Austin Found doesn't dig any deeper than that. And even a solid pratfall can't generate any laughs.

The fake kidnapping plot is really just dumb, not to mention not terribly original, and the filmmakers lazily ignore all the logistics of a story that takes place over a month's time. Can the police really find no clues? Hasn't Patty changed her pajamas in four weeks? At least Robinson's scenes with young Parker are sweet, and Jaime Pressly and Patrick Warburton each earn a few giggles in very small roles. But the filmmakers leave no clue as to what they were really trying to say or what they thought was funny; Austin Found is as misguided as they come.

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