Parents' Guide to

Hot Air

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ill-judged redemption tale; language, sex, addiction issues.

Movie NR 2019 99 minutes
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Coogan has already proved that an opinionated, unlikable radio DJ character can be a recipe for success with his beloved comedy character Alan Partridge. In Hot Air, Coogan plays a different opinionated, unlikable radio DJ: New York based right-wing shock jock Lionel McComb. And it's a resounding failure. McComb is a toothless caricature in an out of touch movie. But the first hurdle is Coogan's accent. Originally an impressionist, Coogan's baffling inability to nail down the broadest of U.S. accents jars throughout.

Surface level problems aside -- and there are many, from distracting continuity errors to vacuous walk and talk sections down corridors to nowhere -- the story's out of date remedy kills any emotional impact. The idea that all it takes for a bigot to change their ways is to spend time with the right young, polite, and intelligent person of color is not only badly pitched but poorly executed. The brief relationship between McComb's niece, Tess, and partner Val (Neve Campbell) is a warm and likable friendship. Sadly that's the only compelling thing about this movie.

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