2015: The Year in Reviews (June)

Look, this is the fifth year I’m doing this. You guys know what it is by now. Every January I go over everything scheduled to come out, and about 200 more movies, just to be safe. I guess what I’m gonna think about them, and then immediately forget I did it. Then, in December, I recap everything I saw and see how I did.

I put up batches of reviews for everything I saw, once in April, once in August, and once… yesterday. Those contain my initial thoughts on the films after I saw them. I take those thoughts and match them against what I said back in January, plus I take some time to reflect upon how my thoughts have changed in the time between when I saw the movie and now (since only crazy people develop a final opinion on a movie after a single watch). It’s very straightforward. Plus… five years. I know you’re supposed to treat every person as if they’re reading for the first time, but there’s only like twelve of us who read the crap I write anyway.

Today we’re recapping June:

Oh, yeah, also, so my ratings system makes sense, here’s how it works:

* * * * * (5 stars) — I really loved the film. Five stars essentially guarantees the film a spot in the top ten. I’ve never had a five star film not make the top ten. (2014 examples of 5 star movies: There actually were none.)

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars) — I loved the film, but not unconditionally. Four and a half stars is usually the ranking for films in the top ten and top twenty. Rarely does a four and a half star film fall below top 15. (2014 examples of 4.5 star films: Birdman, Fury, Interstellar, Whiplash.)

* * * * (4 stars) — I liked the film quite a bit, but it’s not one of those that I would automatically say is a top ten film. It could end up being one, but typically a four star film is one of those that I’ve solidly liked, and will openly say is a really good movie. Three and a half, I’ll say that I really enjoyed it. But four stars is where I’ll say that it’s really good. Four star movies are either in my 11-20 or tier two. It’s also not unheard of that a 4 star movie makes the top ten. (2014 examples of 4 star films: Boyhood, Cher, Godzilla, The Guest, Snowpiercer, Top Five.)

* * * ½ (3.5 stars) — The film stood out to me as being particularly solid. I always differentiate three and a half from three by saying that three stars is for a film that I just enjoyed enough to give it the thumbs up. Three and a half is when I go, “That was actually really solid and I enjoyed it quite a bit.” It’s not alway a mark of “this was better than I expected” or, “It’s better than you think.” Sometimes it’s just, “That was really solid,” or, “That was awesome,” even though the film itself wasn’t particularly a masterpiece. It’s a very verstaile ranking. Usually it’s for something I enjoyed, but didn’t love enough to put it near the very top of my year-end list. Three and a half star films never make it above tier two, and most of them are tier three. You’ll see only a few populating tier two, but mostly they’re tier three. (2014 examples of 3.5 star films: American Sniper, The Babadook, The Double, Edge of Tomorrow, Frank, Still Alice.)

* * * (3 stars) — Three stars is for films that were pretty good. Usually for a three star movie, I’ll say, “I enjoyed it well enough.” Or, probably the most common phrase I use is, “You can get through it.” But without qualification. For a two and a half star film, I’ll say, “You can get through it, but…” Three stars don’t have the qualification. Mostly three stars is for a film I enjoyed enough to say it wasn’t bad. I found it watchable enough that I wasn’t completely indifferent toward it. If I give a film that seems like it should have a higher rating three stars, then it means I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. And if there’s something you’d think was a piece of shit at three stars, it means I thought it wasn’t actually that bad. But most of the time, three stars just means, “Yeah, it was okay. I enjoyed it well enough.” They’re just entertaining enough for me to not be indifferent. (2014 examples of 3 star films: Beyond the Lights, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Lego Movie, Need for Speed, 22 Jump Street, White Bird in a Blizzard.)

* * ½ (2.5 stars) — Two and a half stars is my ultimate indifference ranking. I didn’t necessarily think it was a bad film, I just didn’t give a shit about it whatsoever. I thought it was utterly generic. Nothing to make me like it, and it wasn’t bad enough to make me dislike it. It wasn’t memorable to me in any way. Odds are, if a “classy” movie is here, it means it was particularly disappointing, and if something that seemed like an Unforgivable is here, it means it actually wasn’t the piece of shit we were all thinking and was actually just about passable. It’s also my way of saying, “You might have liked this, but I certainly didn’t.” And also my way of saying, “This wasn’t very good, but at least it was competently made.” But for the most part, two and a half stars means I just didn’t care whatsoever and will not remember much about the movie in two years. They may also be Unforgivable, depending on my reasons. (2014 examples of 2.5 star films: Hercules, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ride Along, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Veronica Mars.)

* * (2 stars) — Two starts means that the film was mostly competent and all, but I just didn’t like it. Either it wasn’t for me, it was a genre that I don’t like (horror movie), I just found it boring, or it was one of those generic shitty genre movies that populate the early months. Or it was just a giant piece of shit that at least looked like a good movie. So two stars is for — “They tried… it just wasn’t very good.” Depending on how bad they are, they do have a shot at the Unforgivables list. (2014 examples of 2 star films: Dracula Untold, Dumb and Dumber To, I Frankenstein, Wish I Was Here.)

* ½ (1.5 stars) — One and a half usually means the film was terrible, but it’s not a surefire Unforgivable. Probably because it’s a shitty thriller, a shitty horror movie, or a horrible sequel in a franchise that has churned out nothing but horrible sequels. Or it’s for films that could have gone two stars, but I just have a particular dislike for them. These have a pretty good shot at the Unforgivables list, and should for sure make my bottom 25 list. (2014 examples of 1.5 star films: Blended, Sex Tape, Tammy.)

* (1 star) — I really didn’t like the movie. It was so bad it was almost unwatchable. Typically a one star film is certain to be Unforgivable. Sometimes one star movies get saved by virtue of being a certain kind of sequel (like Big Mommas House: Like Father, Like Son) or being something that’s too easy to make Unforgivable (like Marmaduke, or a Friedberg and Seltzer movie. Movies we knew were gonna be pieces of shit going in), but in any case — they’re really awful movies that shouldn’t exist. (2014 examples of 1 star films: Addicted.)

0 stars — It means I hated the film. Guaranteed Unforgivable. It’s a film that should never have been made, and has actually lowered the bar for cinema as an art form and has actually detracted from a culture that’s in the toilet to begin with. A film with no redeeming qualities whatsoever and one that physically made me angry while watching it. (2014 examples of 0 star films: Heaven Is For Real.)

June

Entourage

What I said about it back in January:

“Because this is the way the world ends.”

“Wait, that’s not right. (Though it’s not wrong.)”

“Because this is what the world needs. An Entourage movie.”

“I’m torn about this one. Because on the one hand, I really enjoyed the first… oh, two and a half seasons of this show. And then intermittently after that. And on the other hand… it was pretty shitty at the end. Plus the whole thing was jokingly insider, and then became the very thing… you know what, let’s just leave it at douchey and misogynistic. I don’t want to enjoy it. But I also kind of enjoyed it.”

“This is how we’re playing this: because of the fact that I sat through eight seasons of this show and know the characters, and because they’re gonna parade dozens of cameos throughout this movie… 3.5 stars.”

“I say this knowing full well that I should not truly enjoy this movie.”

What I actually thought about it:

“If there ever was a movie that was guaranteed to meet expectations, it was this one.”

“Whatever you expect this movie to be, it is.”

“This movie is basically an extended episode of the show.”

“The movie throws cameos at you left and right, but none of them really get much of anything to do.”

“Ultimately you’re left with a movie that brings back characters who, if you spent eight seasons with them, you have fond memories of, but who don’t change and are only going to bring you more of the same. Which is why you’re only going to get out of this movie what you think you’re going to get.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Kinda surprised I went 3.5.

There’s nothing I need to say about this movie.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Insidious: Chapter 3

What I said about it back in January:

“Haven’t seen any of these, won’t see this one.”

What I actually thought about it:

Didn’t see it.

Final Thoughts:

Nope.

How close was I?: N/A

The Testament of Youth

What I said about it back in January:

“Sounds good. Came out in the UK already. Got good reviews.”

3.5 stars.”

“Maybe I’m aiming high, but I’ve done so many movies at this point, I don’t know which way is up.”

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s fine. I like wartime romance movies. This was okay. Nothing too outstanding.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It was a coin toss. 3, 3.5. Could have gone either way.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Spy

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Melissa McCarthy.”

“Ugh.”

1.5 stars.”

“I’ll be wrong.”

“They need to stop trying to make her a thing.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Honestly thought this would be Unforgivable.”

“Was shocked at how funny this was. Mostly because it’s a spy movie with jokes thrown in.”

“The only parts I didn’t like were the ‘Melissa McCarthy’ parts. When they stuck with the supporting cast and the story, it worked.”

“Rose Byrne and Jason Statham are incredible here. Pete Serafinowicz is also great. Top notch supporting work all around, and it’s actually a funny movie. And you know that’s not something I say lightly. Especially when I had dog shit expectations for this.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Openly and admittedly wrong about this movie. And I’m glad for that. I’d rather be wrong in the sense that it exceeded expectations, rather than the other way around.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by two full stars.

Love & Mercy

What I said about it back in January:

“I hear it’s pretty good.”

3 stars. They didn’t release it last year, and are putting it out in the summer. Though it looks like a minor, VOD release. Which doesn’t inspire enough confidence to assume 3.5. So we’ll stick with 3, and let the movie be better than average.”

What I actually thought about it:

“What a hell of a movie this one is.”

“Dano and Cusack are amazing. And it’s a complete two-hander. The difference in time periods completely works and flows perfectly.”

“I really like how they handle the music, where it’s always present but never presented. You hear all the instrumentals but don’t have to hear all the lyrics, like most biopics would do. Force in all the songs in that ‘Anyway, here’s Wonderwall’ kind of way.”

“This was a real revelation to me. It was a beautiful movie that I truly wasn’t prepared for.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

I will also openly admit to being surprised by this movie. Even if I’d guessed 3.5, this still would have been surprising in terms of how well it handled the music and how great the performances were and how it was not a traditional biopic and yet felt like it really captured who this guy is. Huge fan of this movie.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a full star.

The Nightmare

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Heard it was terrifying just before it came out, so I gave it a shot.

What I actually thought about it:

“That documentary about sleep paralysis. I heard it was terrifying. I saw it, and didn’t really get what was so scary about it. I’ve never had sleep paralysis, so mostly I saw people telling stories about what they’ve experienced. Not even really recreations designed to scare you, nothing like that.”

“Honestly, the scariest moment of this movie for me was the very first minute. Where all the sounds and shit are happening and the camera is there, and then they pull back to reveal that it’s a movie set. And after that, it was pretty much all downhill.”

“Maybe other people got more out of this than I did, but for me, nada.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Huge letdown based on how scary I heard this was and how scary it wasn’t. I got bored pretty quickly.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Jurassic World

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh yeah. Dinosaurs.”

“And I said that exactly the way the DNA strand says it in the first movie.”

“Which, if you’re as big a fan of the first movie as I am, you know exactly what I mean.”

“Anyway, I’m very excited for this.”

“And, despite some minor concerns with the trailer, I continue to remain excited for this.”

4 stars is the only way to go. Because it either needs to meet my expectations or be a disappointment. Why not assume the best?”

What I actually thought about it:

“When I was done with this movie, I felt better about the state of the summer blockbuster. Granted, I had problems with this movie (and I still have problems with this movie. Starting with the logic issues, and the fact that it literally sets the first movie on fire), but overall, I had fun here.”

“Took me a while to get into it (the opening, the jokes, them going into the part, the overuse of nostalgia with the theme), but gradually I did get into it, and by the third act, I was enjoying the shit out of myself.”

“The fact that the T-Rex is now basically Godzilla is so amusing. Otherwise, it’s just fun, and while it doesn’t hold a candle to the first movie, I’m okay with it.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

I watched this movie twice since I saw it in theaters. I want so much to not like this movie, but by the time that T-Rex shows up, I can’t not lose my shit and start getting excited. This movie has a lot of problems. But I don’t need it to be perfect. I can hate many parts of it (product placement? Holy shit), and how misogynist it is, and how the logic makes little to no sense, but fucking dinosaurs, man.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Madame Bovary

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. That seems easy.”

What I actually thought about it:

“When this didn’t come out last year, I kind of had a feeling.”

“It’s pretty bland. Costumes are good, and Mia Waskiowska is good, but ultimately, I didn’t get too much enjoyment out of this. Oh well. It happens.”

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It looks great, but I wasn’t interested in the plot at all.

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Live from New York!

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Part of the Great Documentary Purge of 2015.

What I actually thought about it:

“Sure, not the documentary we’d all want (which would be probably an hour or more for every season and cast of the show, analyzing all the skits and cast dynamics and how it related to the culture at the time), but who’s not gonna love a documentary about SNL?”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Are you gonna turn down an SNL documentary?

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Tribe

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. I thought about seeing it when Todd McCarthy named it his #1 movie at the year and everyone at the office went, “What the hell is that?”

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s a movie set in a boarding school for deaf kids. There is no spoken dialogue and no subtitles. And the movie works. You understand everything that’s going on visually.”

“I can’t say I was totally in love with the movie, but it’s such a unique way to tell a story and it’s presented so well I have to show this movie major respect.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s definitely one of the most unique films of 2015. Major respect for not having any dialogue and sticking with it.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

What I said about it back in January:

“This was a Black List script, I think. So I’m sure it’ll be worthwhile.”

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“As of right now, this is my favorite movie of the year.”

“I loved this movie. Loved, loved, loved it.”

“This was a joyous experience for me. And even when I thought it was gonna take all those turns that turn me off of a movie, it didn’t. Or it found a way to make them okay.”

“I’d be surprised if this didn’t end up on my top ten this year.”

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Gonna tell you guys right now, this movie’s making a play for #1 overall this year.

When they released it on DVD, I watched it practically nonstop for an entire weekend. This is real close to being my favorite movie of the year, and still may be that.

* * * * * (5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by two full stars.

The Wolfpack

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing.

What I actually thought about it:

“It’s an interesting subject.”

“It’s pretty good. A 3 from me on a documentary is usually a 4 for people who actually like documentaries.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It was interesting. Didn’t love it, but it was fine.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Dope

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Didn’t see this one coming at all.

What I actually thought about it:

“This was awesome. This is gonna be one of the underrated movies of 2015. More people need to see this. So much fun. Great stuff here. And a killer soundtrack.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Loved this. Lot of fun. Everyone should see this. One of the better movies of the year.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Inside Out

What I said about it back in January:

“Pixar finally looks like it’s gonna make a good one.”

“This one looks like they’re gonna return to form.”

“An exciting concept, and it sounds like something they can deliver on.”

4 stars.”

“Pixar is a minimum 3.5 star affair always. But here, they’re relying on simple human emotion, and not on stock characters, or people turning into bears. So I’m gonna assume a good movie.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Pixar is back to form. This movie is beautiful. If this doesn’t end up in the top ten, it’ll be just outside it.”

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

This is for sure a top ten movie. Maybe even top five. This is arguably one of the best three or four movies Pixar has ever made. I LOVED this.

* * * * * (5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Infinitely Polar Bear

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I should downgrade, but I feel like the overall product is okay.”

What I actually thought about it:

“I like how it was more focused on character than a plot. And didn’t hit a lot of the indie traps most of them hit.”

“I like how realistic the reactions were between parent and child. You really get a sense of what it was like to grow up with a bipolar parent.”

“This is one of those movies that didn’t get an audience because it’s impossible to market. Definitely should be checked out.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

I was a big fan of this. It was really great, and unfortunately not enough people will see this. One of the more underseen films of 2015.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

The Overnight

What I said about it back in January:

“Well, it takes place over a night, so that’s interesting.”

3 stars. Purely because of the time frame.”

What I actually thought about it:

“It felt too indie for me. A lot of stuff felt weird for the sake of weird. It just felt like it was trying to be an offbeat indie movie.”

“With the right kind of writing and directing behind it, this could have been a Paul Mazursky kind of movie. Instead it’s a movie that wants to be a weird comedy but also have drama in it, and it doesn’t fully work for me.”

“I was entertained, but ultimately I didn’t particularly love it.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It was okay, but it was too weird for the sake of being weird.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. I decided I was going to watch as many documentaries on the shortlist as I could in order to best guess the category.

What I actually thought about it:

“The issue is strong. The documentary — ehh.”

“It’s fine. Me not being a huge fan of documentaries, I didn’t care so much.”

“My documentary ratings are always going to be lower than everyone else’s.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s fine.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Manglehorn

What I said about it back in January:

“Wonder how good this is.”

“Let’s just call it 3 stars. Let’s see if it rises up like Joe did.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Weird movie. Not quite Al Pacino’s Joe. Thought maybe we’d get a gem like that one. Not quite. It was fine, and he did okay, but wasn’t a huge fan of this.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Very strange movie. Not great. Was hoping for better, but it ended up being decent.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Burying the Ex

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Stay positive.”

What I actually thought about it:

“The real problem with this movie is that it looks too good.”

“It plays like a B movie, it’s supposed to be campy and over the top. But it looks like a legit movie. The shots are too nice, it’s not gritty and dirty. It plays like a regular indie movie, which undercuts what they’re going for.”

“Other than that, it’s fine. It plays exactly how it’s supposed to, and you can be moderately amused by it. Just expect a campy movie. That’s what you’re getting.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It plays fine, but it does look too nice. That takes away from the overall effect of the movie.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Face of an Angel

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Boring.”

“I just didn’t care about any of the characters. I’m not sure what this was supposed to be.”

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Was really bored by this. This was actually one of those movies I really didn’t like all that much.

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

A Deadly Adoption

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. This snuck up on everybody.

What I actually thought about it:

“It turned out to be exactly what it was — a Lifetime movie.”

“They played it totally straight. Which is exactly what I was expecting. And as such, I wasn’t disappointed.”

“It was totally adequate, and the real joke was that it wasn’t tongue in cheek.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It happened. It’ll be an interesting footnote for the future where people go, “What the hell is this?” And then they’ll see it and go, “What the hell was that?” That about covers it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Advantageous

What I said about it back in January:

“The logline is interesting. But I don’t know if I can assume quality here.”

2.5 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“I was interested because it was a futuristic indie film. I was curious to see what they’d do.”

“It was all right. I wasn’t particularly blown away by it. It tried to make some big statements, and I appreciated the effort. Didn’t particularly love the film, though.”

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Yeah. Easy to see, because they released it on Netflix. But not particularly great. Makes some bold statements, but I didn’t enjoy it that much.

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Max

What I said about it back in January:

“Wait, are you serious? Is that what this is about? What the fuck?”

“I mean… what can I possibly guess for this movie?”

2.5 stars. I honestly wanna say two, but let’s assume I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt of indifference.”

“This doesn’t sound very good at all, though.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Family movie. Military dog, vague religious undertones, ethnic caricatures. You know what you’re getting here. I gave it the benefit of indifference. It’s not particularly great.”

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Jesus, I forgot I saw this.

Just pretend it doesn’t exist like I do. It’s easier that way.

 * * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. I decided I was going to watch as many documentaries on the shortlist as I could in order to best guess the category.

What I actually thought about it:

“Music documentaries are more interesting to me than others. This one is fine. Very interesting.”

“She’s a very unique figure in the world of music. Didn’t love it, but it’s solid.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s pretty good.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

A Little Chaos

What I said about it back in January:

“I went 3.5 on this last year. Now it’s going VOD.”

3 stars. Gotta try it. Gotta see how much it changes things.”

What I actually thought about it:

“I was excited by the premise. Ultimately, it’s not entirely that. They are constructing the gardens, but there’s not much competition after the first act, and then it turns into a romance, and this other stuff.”

“It’s fine, and it’s worth seeing, because period pieces are few and far between nowadays. I was very okay with this, and enjoyed it for what it is.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

It’s exactly what I expected. It doesn’t live up to the premise, or at least what I thought the premise was, but it’s a perfectly okay movie. Nice period piece with actors I like that looks nice with good costumes. Cool.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Big Game

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Samuel L. Jackson as the president shot down in the wilderness and is brought to safety by a child. Great premise. Of course, they turn it into a plot to kill him and people after him and all that.”

“I’d have liked it if it was more about the kid saving him from the elements. But take what you can get.”

“It’s fine, and perfectly entertaining. Reeks of low budget. Whatever. Doesn’t live up to the logline, but it’s decent enough.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Love the idea, the execution was generic, but I got through it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Ted 2

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s a sequel. They’re making it to cash in on the first one. They’re aware of this, we’re aware of this.”

“It’s clearly not gonna be as good, but if I can get 3.5 out of this, I’ll be satisfied.”

“However, 3 stars. It’s a comedy sequel. And comedy sequels have to earn their stars.”

What I actually thought about it:

“Wanted to give this a 3, but I laughed hard at certain points.”

“This is a typical Seth MacFarlane rating. Half-star bump because I enjoyed it, even though it’s not as good as the rating might suggest.”

“I cringed at certain parts, I thought some parts fell flat, and then others, I laughed my ass off.”

“I actually lost my shit during the Improv scene. That was so funny to me.”

“I’m gonna give them credit for completely changing up the story and not repeating the same thing over again. The style is the same, which allows them to do that, but they didn’t just do what The Hangover did, and for that, the half-star is well-deserved.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final Thoughts:

Typical Seth MacFarlane movie. Some parts don’t work, others are hilarious, and the rest he sticks to a formula that works more than it doesn’t. I’ll give it a 3.5, but I won’t go back and watch this a whole lot.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

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