April 9, 2006

Owen Wilson is the KING of the buddy movie. It doesn’t really matter who his buddy is and although Ben Stiller is definitely best – anyone will do. Owen Wilson can be ANYONE’s buddy. He IS the buddy.

As much as I love the Butterscotch Stallion, his shtick is wearing thin. I know it comes easy to him – but does he have to be so obvious about phoning it in? Eddie Murphy has been phoning it in for years – decades even – and it still feels fresh and new. This performance feels especially fresh and new compared to the Disney crap he’s been churning out recently. Yet barely a decade into Owen’s career, I’m starting to ponder boredom with his performances. How many times can he play the same character? Who am I kidding? He’s like Nicholson – who cares if he is just playing himself – we’ll all still watch.

You know what – almost every single person involved in this flick seemed to be phoning it in. From the writers and director on down to the best boy and key grip – even the extras. Even one of my favorites – Famke Janssen – seemed to be only concerned about getting a paycheck. But you know who wasn’t? Gary Cole. Although I never would have guessed it from his start in cheesy TV movies, Gary Cole is turning into a pretty funny guy. Not only was he Lumbergh and Mike Brady, he’s also Harvey Birdman. His portrayal of Carlos, the Fabio-esque Secret Agent is the most memorable thing about this whole movie.

Malcolm McDowell may very well be inherently evil. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film in which he wasn’t mostly evil, if not all the way evil. And you know what – his hair is even more evil than he is. Look at it – how it glistens and catches the light. Every strand frozen in place – almost as if the sheer force of his evilness is holding his hair a motionless hostage upon his head. Even so, McDowell’s hair phoned in its performance as well.

This would be a good movie to watch when you’re trying to go to sleep at night, because you won’t feel like you missed anything when you fall asleep in the middle of it.

Year – 2002
Rating – PG-13
Runtime – 97 minutes
Genre – TV Remake
Director(s) – Betty Thomas
Writer(s) – Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Jay Scherick, David Ronn
Actor(s) – Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Famke Janssen, Malcolm McDowell, Gary Cole
BOB Rating – Two BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Yeah, what's B.N.S. stand for? Bitch that Needs some Slapping?" - Kelly Robinson (Eddie Murphy)