- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks take the places of Peter Falk and Alan Arkin as the leads in the new version of a popular 1979 comedy
Rich Kennedy (The Film Forum) talks about the excellence of the original, and concludes, "Make no mistake, [this version] does not deserve the title. Imagine
Michael Medved (Crosswalk) also prefers the original: "With a less lavish budget, less splashy ambitions and more attention to character-driven comedy, the film might have connected with audiences in the more memorable manner of the original."
But Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) cuts
Bruce Smithouser (Focus on the Family) says, "Not only is this comedy not very funny, but the lazy scripting and severely strained logic of several key scenes late in the film torpedo what little patience the audience has left. Toss in crude sexual references and I was ready to flee the theater."
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says the movie "is missing two key ingredients that made the original hilarious: Falk and Arkin. Very little of the screwball narrative holds together and the most treacherous obstacle the unlikely duo must navigate is the script's minefield of clichés, flat jokes, and obligatory epiphanies."
Movieguide's critic found much of the movie funny. "
Mainstream critics are generally unimpressed. You can scan their reviews here.