At this point, I have a certain trust in Tom Hanks' films, but this one is a huge disappointment,, so much so that I'm sorry I spent any money at all on it, including the sale price of $4.99 that I paid. Thank goodness, I didn't risk a penny more on it. I can't believe Hanks chose to be in this movie.
Where to start? Well, it's full of profanity. After looking up the movie while watching it, as I often do, someone noted that the "F" word is used at least 89 times. That doesn't include an abundance of other so-called 'bad' words. Had I known this, I wouldn't have purchased the DVD because I prefer movies the whole family can watch.
Secondly, I detest the dog scene at the beginning of the picture. It's a dog food commercial scene that ends up with a military style gas mask being put on a dog (looks like a bulldog to me) and then it kills the dog while some odd person attempts CPR on the canine. I cannot abide by mistreated animals, especially dogs. Of course, the dog didn't die in reality, but neither should a mask ever have been put on him anyway. It was cruel, if not abusive. They pretty much lost me there, and that was before the profanity kicked in. It was also after a scene with a cat stuck up in a tree. The cat, by the way, also is the subject of the film's final moment, and I'm not fond of it, either. He is disposing of an object and I didn't find it funny.
What next? Well, I was just bored. I must admit again that profanity distracts me and often pulls me out of a story. Early on, I couldn't even figure out what was going on or why, and that could easily be because of the verbal assault of the English language and the issue with dog scene. That said, I couldn't get into this film. I was ... is there another word to use? Nope. I was bored, as simple as that.
There's a lot of slapping around, too, which is especially hard when a little boy is slapped while holding a dog. it's light on the overall violence side in that I've seen a ton worse, but there is violence that includes death. It's just that the slapping gets out of hand and is unpleasant in my view.
Tom Hanks is an awesome actor. He said he never watched the original of this movie so that it wouldn't interfere with his performance choices. It's the only film of his that I wonder why he opted to do it. Could this be the one he did for money? I cannot believe he found anything artistic in it, but there must be some reason. I just don't know what it is. Maybe he only read his scenes, which are less laden with swearing than scenes in which he does not appear. Also, Hanks as a thief I can take, but as a potential murderer, he just is not.
This movie is supposed to be comedic. If anything, it's dark humor. That said, I didn't laugh once, not even a chuckle. I will admit to one tiny smile that is towards the end when the lady landlord speaks with the police about all this money she has now. Her last line to them is the closest thing that almost gave me a chuckle. I truly wish I'd bypassed this movie and/or researched it before buying it. I kept hoping the DVD would have a defect so I could return it, but it played fine. That's the only positive thing I can say about the movie.
There are a couple of bonus features. The best is that the film includes some gospel music and as a bonus, two of the pieces are shown in their entirety. That's good music, so was good to have available. There's a featurette on the instruments used in the movie (Hanks and his buddies pretend to be musicians). It was far more interesting than the actual film and included bits with Hanks and other actors. There are outtakes featuring the landlady as she slaps actors several times. I don't like that anymore than I liked the actual scenes. It was just inappropriate and distasteful for me. The last bonus is a script bonus where you can compare the script with the film as you watch it. On other movies, that might be fun to do, but I didn't care to watch this movie again so am simply mentioning that it's an extra. It does require watching the movie on your computer, however.
Okay, not for me and that's all I can do, report on a movie and DVD makes me feel. This made me feel unhappy except for very short moments.