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Lazy Susan

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Talented cast can't save underwhelming comedy.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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The movie misses the mark so widely that even talented character actors like Hayes, Janney, and Martindale can't make up for the sloppy writing and unfunny gimmick. Susan's laziness isn't just in the title, it's in every scene: from the way she uses a mobility scooter despite not having a disability to how she "works out" by barely pedaling a stationary bicycle at the gym to her complete disinterest in anything that requires effort. She's not a "lovable loser" type; just completely unlikable and self-absorbed.

Although there are a couple of mildly funny setups -- and it's always a pleasure to see Janney and Martindale, as well as comedy veterans Hayes and Jim Rash -- Lazy Susan doesn't have much to make it worth seeing. Hayes' scenes with Janney in the K-Mart or with on-screen mom Martindale make it clear that, given a better script, these co-stars could have a natural comedic chemistry. It's just a shame this forgettable film is what brought them all together.

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