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Parents' Guide to

The Honeymooners

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Yet another needless remake...save your money.

Movie PG-13 2005 90 minutes
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Yet another needless remake, THE HONEYMOONERS repeats the original's backwards gender roles, without remembering its intelligent ironies. Where the first Ralph and Alice shared a believable commitment, it's unclear why this Alice stays with this selfish Ralph. And while most of the film's target audience will not have seen the TV series, the movie might still have made good use of the textured combination of tragicomic frustration and inspired resilience demonstrated by Jackie Gleason and his costars. Cedric is more cuddly than poignant, in a thinly written role that leaves his costars without an energetic center to resist or support.

John Schultz's movie careens between glib and slapdash, only lifting basic characterizations and situations. Scenes don't hang together, Alice is distracted rather than strong and patient, and Trixie is reduced to "Alice's friend," as Davis calls her. Though Norton is mostly ridiculous, Epps is also the film's most consistently comic element. Ralph is mean to all, then learns his lesson. But you hardly care.

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