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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

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So-so remake of '60s caper has slapstick, brief nudity.

Movie PG-13 2013 89 minutes
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Despite having a screenplay written by the Coen Brothers, this remake of a 1966 slapstick farce tends to fall flat more often than it succeeds. The moments of slapstick might work better if any of the characters was especially likable and worthy of sympathy, but it all really boils down to which character one dislikes the least. Furthermore, Cameron Diaz's over-the-top Texas accent -- whether intentional or not -- gets very old, very quick.

Although the acting and the writing talent are certainly there, the parts don't quite add up to an entertaining whole. Whether it's a case of it being better to leave the original movie alone or whether there's simply not enough comedic material in the premise -- no matter how many pratfalls are thrown in -- the bottom line is that this movie probably should have been a lot more fun than it actually is.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 21, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: May 27, 2014
  • Cast: Colin Firth , Cameron Diaz , Alan Rickman
  • Director: Michael Hoffman
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: Some suggestive content, partial nudity and a rude gesture.
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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