|Directed by:||Andy Fickman|
|Written by:||Moe Jelline|
|Cast:||Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Betty White|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
The premise of this movie is interesting. Somebody coming home to meet their siblings’ fiancee, who turns out to be the same person that bullied them. That didn’t sound unbearable. And it’s not, but this could have been so much better. The cast, which includes Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Victor Garber, and Betty White, is pretty impressive. Yet, this was the best they could do. Kristen Bell is Marni, a young public services executive who has just gotten promoted. Her brother (James Wolk) is also about to get married, which she returns home for. So, life seems to be going pretty well for Marni. That is, until she realizes that the woman her brother is about to marry is her high school bully, JJ (Odette Annable). Now going by Joanna, she seems to have changed her life for the better and forgotten how she made Marni’s life a living hell. Marni is still bitter about what happened in the past and seems determined to prove to her brother what kind of monster Joanna was. Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) makes a visit and she happens to be the nemesis of Marni’s mom Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis). Not a lot happens with that plotline and it’s over before you know it. None of these actors are bad but the material they’re given ain’t helping. I wanted to give this a chance but it didn’t do anything for me. There’s nothing offensive or infuriating about it. It doesn’t take any chances. The “comedy” doesn’t really work, but it was amusing at times. The music score was so annoyingly and unnecessarily happy and upbeat. I will say that it was nice seeing Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow) have a small part in one scene. The Rock also shows up but it wasn’t anything worth seeing. If you want to see this done way better, see 21 Jump Street. I’m sure a lot of you have already seen it, but see it again. But if you feel you must, it’s not painful to see through.