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  • Summary: Based on the groundbreaking TV series, The Honeymooners is the story of two best friends, bus driver Ralph Kramden (Cedric the Entertainer) and sewer worker Ed Norton (Epps) who hatch a get-rich-quick scheme to get them out of Brooklyn and onto easy street. Standing by their husbands are devoted wives Alice (Union) and Trixie (Hall), who help their guys make ends meet by waitressing at a neighborhood diner. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 27
  2. Negative: 16 out of 27
  1. 75
    The movie's story actually does work as a story and not simply as a wheezy Hollywood formula. Sometimes you walk into a movie with quiet dread and walk out with quiet delight.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Plays a bit better than it sounds. I miss the show's mangy, minimalist sets, but the slapdash narrative construction and good-hearted schmaltz survive intact.
  3. The Honeymooners isn't the worst of the endless spate of TV rehashes, but it still feels perfunctory.
  4. Cedric is certainly the bright spot in this movie - personable, silly and lovable, with just enough of Gleason's girth, timing and humanity to make you wish he'd driven Ralph Kramden's bus onto the lot of a different movie.
  5. 30
    When a performer as sharp as Cedric the Entertainer is reduced to funny fat-guy shtick, you know you're in the presence of grinding mediocrity.
  6. 30
    Though Cedric, for all his nimble portliness, is no Gleason, there's plenty of talent to be found here. Too bad it's left to fend for itself against a raging mechanical bull of a script.
  7. Suffice it to say, there is no comedy, no chemistry, no nothing in this movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 21 out of 24
  1. DV8
    Dec 5, 2005
    These reviewers are expecting Jackie Gleason and 1950's storylines. This movie does little more than take pre-existing characters and sets them in the modern time. The problem is that the jokes from the 1950's series don't work today, and especially not without the timing of Gleason and Carney, and the incomparable Audrey Meadows. The movie was a bad idea. If we get past the story, John Legiuzamo has some great moments as does Mike Epps. As for the women, I was unimpressed. This movie isn't great, and it's barely entertaining, but it's better than people are saying. Expand

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