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Fenced In

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slapstick violence, language in over-the-top comedy.

Movie NR 2022 110 minutes
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This is an obnoxious slapstick comedy in which the premise is exhausted within 20 minutes. Fenced In has some dubious lapses in story logic at the beginning that everyone is supposed to ignore because -- hey, it's just a silly comedy. Fair enough, but when all is said and done, there's more story, depth, and even laughs to be had from the average Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon than anything this movie has to offer. It's at least 30 minutes longer than it needs to be, and the vast majority of the gags are stale and predictable.

Some comedy works, such as a seance scene in which one of the punchlines concerns a character claiming to have been "Obama" in a past life, but these moments are few and far between. There are some interesting highlights of Brazilian culture, even if they're likely to be overshadowed by Leandro Hassum's nonstop mugging for the camera and scenes of, among other things, parrots biting tongues. It's supposed to be silly and dumb and slapsticky and everything, but that shouldn't be an excuse for a movie to be uninspired.

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