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Good Mourning

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

No real spark (but lots of drugs) in stoner/showbiz comedy.

Movie R 2022 93 minutes
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It passes by easily enough, but without help from outside substances, this showbiz/stoner comedy doesn't really offer anything we haven't seen before and never achieves more than a mild chuckle. Written and directed by recording artists Machine Gun Kelly (going by his real name, Colson Baker) and Mod Sun, Good Mourning gives viewers a somewhat hapless, somewhat insecure hero in London Clash. Those characteristics (and his misfit group of friends) at least make him somewhat relatable. It's much harder to believe that this tall, wiry string bean would ever be considered to play Batman -- the movie doesn't seem very savvy about the inner workings of showbiz -- but maybe that's part of the joke.

The movie features several funny women, including Megan Fox (Baker's real-life partner) as someone who has little patience for the boys but can nonetheless get them out of any jam. Dove Cameron plays London's new, no-nonsense personal assistant, and Whitney Cummings is his foul-mouthed, high-powered agent. (Less funny is Jenna Boyd as London's stalker.) Everyone seems relaxed and game, but somehow Good Mourning never achieves a spark. There's no energy. The screenplay snaps together well enough, but it also feels like the product of a screenwriting class, a first effort. Outtakes during the end credits reveal that improv was encouraged (with Pete Davidson contributing the lion's share), but even those bits feel limp. A final gag involving the awful last episode of Good Bad People pretty much sums this up.

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