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The Comeback Trail

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unoriginal, profane comedy has few positive messages.

Movie R 2022 104 minutes
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This disappointing crime caper, set in the 1970s, fails in its attempt to satirize Hollywood's film industry, leaving a hackneyed, unoriginal movie that lacks heart and conviction. It comes as little surprise to hear that The Comeback Trail is a remake -- the original being released in 1982 -- as it makes you long for at least a little creativity or something unique about it. George Gallo's production suffers from its indecisiveness. At times it pokes fun at the films that came from that era, such as Westerns. At others, it plays more as an homage. The result is a film that is neither one thing nor the other.

The lead roles belong to some of the most decorated stars in history, such as De Niro, Freeman, and Jones. But unlike the characters, they all feel like they're picking up a pretty straightforward paycheck for their efforts. It seems they're all enjoying themselves, which should definitely be noted. The problem is, the same can't quite be said of the viewer.

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