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I'm a loser, baby
It looks like there will indeed be plenty of losers this weekend, including -- apparently -- anyone who ventures out to see the new J.Lo rom-com, The Back-up Plan. As for The Losers itself? It seems to be losing out to Kick-Ass for the title of best comic-book movie of the month. The details are below:
|The Back-up Plan||WIDE||PG-13||Comedy||36||4,17,8||6.4|
|Compare to the "best" wide releases from recent weeks:|
|Why Did I Get Married Too||4/2||PG-13||Dramedy||43||2,10,2||7.2|
|The Back-up Plan (2010)||36|
|El Cantante (2007)||46|
|An Unfinished Life (2005)||49|
|Shall We Dance? (2004)||47|
The second release from CBS Films (following the January dud Extraordinary Measures 45), The Back-up Plan appears to be even less liked by critics. The romantic comedy centers on a woman (Jennifer Lopez) who meets the man of her dreams just after she becomes pregnant through artificial insemination. Oddly enough, it's one of two artificial insemination comedies due out this year (The Switch arrives in August).
What the critics like: As the St. Petersburg Times points out, "the babies are adorable." It's mostly friendly and harmless.
What they don't like: It's extremely lightweight, poorly written, overly cutesy, obvious, boring, and unfunny. More than one critic compares the film to a sitcom (it even has TV's Tom Bosley and Linda Lavin in supporting roles), and not a very good one at that. While a few critics think Alex O'Loughlin has potential as a leading man, others feel that he doesn't add much to the film. And reviewers, for the most part, also failed to enjoy Lopez's performance, although she is not the main cause of the film's failure.
The Losers 42
Based on the DC/Vertigo comic series of the same name, this over-the-top, ensemble action film focuses on members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who seek revenge after they are double-crossed. (Think The A-Team but with fewer mohawks and cigars.)
What the critics like: It doesn't take itself very seriously. There is a lot of action, and even some humor. There's also Zoë Saldana.
What they don't like: It's dumb, relentless and mind-numbing. There's little suspense, and the plot is neither unique nor memorable. The laugh lines don't always trigger laughs. The characters aren't very likeable, and some of the actors playing them add little. Some reviewers don't appreciate director Sylvain White's stylized touches.
The second film for Disney's new Disneynature label (after 2009's Earth 72), Oceans is, as its title suggests, a nature documentary focusing on the planet's oceans and the creatures that dwell within them. Four years in the making, the film is narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
What the critics like: The beautiful, high-tech photography dazzles; almost every critic was blown away by the film's imagery, and that wow factor may be worth the price of admission alone.
What they don't like: That wow factor is all there is. The film doesn't have much of a narrative to hold it together, and also doesn't offer a lot in the way of explanation or education. Brosnan's narration adds little (and isn't helped by a poor script).
Next week in Metacritic
Opening wide next Friday, April 30th, are the poorly-titled Brendan Fraser comedy Furry Vengeance and what will likely prove to be an unnecessary remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. Also opening in limited release is the latest indie dramedy from acclaimed director Nicole Holofcener, Please Give. Here are the trailers: