Critical Consensus: Studios Serve Up a Few Turkeys

by | November 22, 2005 | Comments

What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing yourself silly? The studios haven’t disappointed us in that regard, as they pack the theaters this holiday weekend with offerings ranging from a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rent" to the latest black comedy featuring Billy Bob Thornton. And yes, there are a couple of turkeys in the mix.

You know, given time, all popular Broadway plays and musicals will get their own movie adaptations. "Rent," the long-running "rock musical" based on Puccini’s opera "La Boheme," tells of a diverse group of bohemians living in New York’s East Village as they struggle to make a living and produce their art. However, what works on stage may not work on screen, at least not in this adaptation. While "Rent" is energetic and faithful to the stage play, critics say the raw emotions and style of the latter are missing.

If misery loves company, then those without the holiday spirit will find comfort in "The Ice Harvest." A black comedy about a mob lawyer and his co-conspirator, played by John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton, who try to swindle two million dollars from their employer, "The Ice Harvest" will offer a few chuckles for those with an ear for witty dialogue, but the mean-spiritedness of the movie, critics warn, may be a turnoff.

In the original 1968 film, Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda were able to make their family of 20 work. In the new "Yours, Mine, & Ours," Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid give it their best, but critics say that while genial, this remake is a bland and frantic slapstick comedy that falls flat more often than not.

The holidays are a time best spent with family and to reconnect with loved ones, and that’s exactly what Ryan Reynolds is trying to do in the comedy "Just Friends." Reynolds plays a record exec who has it all, except the girl he’s had a crush on since high school. As expected with a comedy milking a person’s weight problem for laughs, the humor here is pretty crude, but if you want to see a person humiliate himself in the name of love, "Just Friends" is worth some laughs, critics say.

Back in 2001, Emmanuelle Chriqui starred opposite Lance Bass of ‘NSync fame in a rom-com titled "On the Line." Let’s just say that movie disappeared from theaters faster than Bass’ singing career. Now Chriqui is back in another romantic comedy, this time with pop singer Usher in "In the Mix." Any parallels here? We’ll see when the reviews come in.

Turkeys from the previous Thanksgivings:
15% — Alexander (2004)
4% — Christmas With the Kranks (2004)
12% — Timeline (2003)
14% — The Haunted Mansion (2003)
14% — Adam Sandler’s 8 Crazy Nights (2002)
7% — Extreme Ops (2002)

Tag Cloud

Rock medical drama VH1 social media Pixar 20th Century Fox Photos Comedy Best and Worst Trivia Lionsgate Mystery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TBS spy thriller Podcast politics Election OWN Comic Book Comedy Central ITV Red Carpet Reality political drama composers Fox News Music APB Amazon Holidays vampires Hulu 24 frames Superheroe TV Land GIFs Teen travel Schedule adventure CBS All Access AMC historical drama 2015 Calendar Action Mindy Kaling IFC discovery USA Network DirecTV Musical BBC America GoT MSNBC Infographic BBC supernatural Video Games Year in Review cats 21st Century Fox YA Animation boxoffice Watching Series Showtime talk show ABC USA MTV TNT Rocky PBS Dark Horse Comics thriller Star Wars Syfy dc ABC Family BET Starz Emmys PaleyFest robots FOX TCA 2017 Super Bowl CNN Sony Pictures X-Men Paramount El Rey WGN Pirates NYCC Set visit E! Star Trek Nat Geo docudrama 007 SDCC Fantasy NBC comiccon Nominations Mary Tyler Moore 2016 Warner Bros. Tumblr LGBTQ First Look TruTV Logo Creative Arts Emmys Kids & Family E3 cooking Pop ESPN Christmas Certified Fresh Rom-Com police drama Box Office Drama CBS Premiere Dates A&E American Society of Cinematographers Spike Shondaland Summer ratings FX Superheroes Acorn TV Ghostbusters The CW Character Guide cults Toys Food Network Adult Swim RT History Martial Arts CW Seed Opinion Reality Competition TIFF Writers Guild of America Marathons based on movie Disney Channel Country Esquire SundanceTV Cosplay Nickelodeon science fiction unscripted dceu 2017 singing competition Sundance Grammys TCM Spring TV Tomatazos zombie 45 technology sitcom YouTube Red Ellie Kemper Sci-Fi Disney golden globes transformers Musicals Oscars GLAAD IFC Films Sneak Peek what to watch Winter TV justice league crime drama Horror cops HBO psycho History TV dramedy Interview DC Universe Masterpiece Valentine's Day Awards diversity Trailer Western See It Skip It biography aliens Extras The Arrangement cinemax Crackle Britbox Freeform FXX crime serial killer romance Thanksgiving Polls and Games Countdown Marvel Bravo Biopics harry potter DC Comics crime thriller period drama VICE Lucasfilm war Cartoon Network Sundance Now TLC sports Netflix Lifetime DC streaming service Paramount Network Winners TCA CMT Fall TV President binge Universal