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Critical Condition

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Signature crassness serves no purpose in weak '80s comedy.

Movie R 1987 100 minutes
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Teens and families looking to discover the genius behind one of modern comedy's most influential figures, and even those just looking for a few good belly laughs, should keep looking. The weak, predictable story and stiff, corny dialogue don't offer genuine laughs. And unfortunately, Richard Pryor's charisma and talent aren't enough to get us caring about his character -- he's just not at the top of his game. Sadness, and maybe more than a little fatigue, seem to be lurking just under the surface of his performance. Sure, there's plenty of crass, profane humor if that's what you're in the mood for, but Critical Condition has so little else to offer that it mostly comes across as tired schtick.

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