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Movie Review: “The Week Of”

There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.

Theatrical Release: 4/27/2018

Theatrical Release: 4/27/2018

Synopsis

Kenny Lustig (Adam Sandler) is a proud father. His daughter is getting married, and he will stop at nothing to give her a great wedding. Unfortunately, he does not have the funds to provide a dream wedding for his daughter, nor does he have the funds to adequately accommodate his visiting family, and the visiting family of the groom. Nonetheless, this is his last chance to provide for his daughter before she becomes a married woman, and he will do whatever it takes to make this wedding happen for her.

Kirby Cordice (Chris Rock) is a very wealthy and successful surgeon. His son is marrying Kenny Lustig’s daughter, and he is traveling to join everyone for the wedding. However, after his divorce, he is not exactly on great terms with his ex-wife or his family. He wants his son to have a good wedding, and he is disappointed when he arrives to see Kenny’s plans. While he has more than enough money to pay for a better wedding and for a better hotel for himself, Kenny is determined to take care of everything on his own.

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The Pros & Cons

All movies start with an average score of 75pts, points are then added or subtracted based on each Pro and Con. Each Pro or Con is designated points, ranging from 0-10, to convey how significant these Pros or Cons are.

The ProsThe Cons

Adam Sandler & Chris Rock (+4pts)

The Supporting Characters (-5pts)

The Hotel Manager (+2pts)

The Comedy (-10pts)

The Premise (+3pts)

The Plot & The Heart (-5pts)

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Pro: Adam Sandler & Chris Rock (+4pts)

It was not their best work dramatically or comedically, but despite this movie’s overwhelming issues, these two actors certainly had good chemistry together. The two are talented comedic actors. They have proven they can effectively deliver drama when needed, and they are no strangers to working together. This all contributed to their strong chemistry together, and this movie would have been a lot worse had they not been in these roles.

I liked the tension that rose from one parent struggling financially while being desperate to make the wedding happen on his own, and the other parent being extremely wealthy, and knowing that he could easily throw some money around and eliminate all of the problems that Kenny was facing. This added some tension between the two characters, as Kirby was reluctantly allowing Kenny the opportunity to make it all happen. Their strong chemistry and their opposite financial situations made this an entertaining duo. Unfortunately, the movie around the two characters was mostly a disappointment.

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Con: The Supporting Characters (-5pts)

Much like the comedy of this movie, the majority of the supporting cast was a bit too ridiculous for me. They were all over-the-top and exaggerated characters, as if they were meant for a Saturday Night Live skit, rather that a feature film on Netflix. They had ridiculous accents, they acted in really bizarre and exaggerated ways, and they just did not work for me. The only exceptions were the characters that got almost no screentime or focus. It was like the entire supporting cast went into this with the intention of playing their characters like cheap parody movie characters.

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Pro: The Hotel Manager (+2pts)

The hotel manager was just as ridiculous as the rest of the supporting characters, but this character worked. Nasser Faris played the character with an awkward silliness that was both stupid and ridiculous, but in the most entertaining way. While the rest of the supporting characters were exaggerated and ridiculous, they had no real redeeming qualities. They were just generic characters with ridiculously over-the-top personalities.

Hanan, the hotel manager was different. As awkward as he was, it was the other characters’ reactions to him, as well as the delivery from the actor in the role that made the character so entertaining. The rest of the characters were ridiculous, and even they were baffled by Hanan’s awkwardness. In a movie filled with crazy, over-the-top characters, Hanan’s craziness was more subtle, and it made the character stand out. Unfortunately, the character got very little screen time, so he was unable to save the movie much, but when he was on screen, it was great.

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Con: The Comedy (-10pts)

This was really a bummer for me, because I Ike Adam Sandler, and I always want to enjoy his movies. I liked Ridiculous 6, and I enjoyed Murder Mystery a little less, but for the most part, his style of comedy works for me. Is it usually silly, stupid, comedy? Yes, but I enjoy a good silly, stupid comedy.

Unfortunately, most of the attempted comedy in this movie was so stupid, it ended up feeling random and it ultimately fell flat. If you watch this movie, I really hope you have a different experience than I did. It was one of those movies that lacked an interesting plot for the sake of delivering comedy, but even with that sacrifice, the comedy almost never worked for me. The result was a movie with a weak plot, and comedy that rarely hit its mark, and it was a combination that made the movie difficult to watch.

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Pro: The Premise (+3pts)

I thought this movie had an effective and simple premise. A couple was getting married, and the two fathers met during the week leading up to the wedding. The premise added plenty of tension between the two fathers before they even met. Unfortunately, I felt like the filmmakers lost focus of that premise. They got too caught up in trying to deliver random comedy, and they failed to capitalize on a lot of the potential comedic moments related to the premise. Nonetheless, it was the premise that kept this movie going, and it was the premise that kept me watching. As much as I disliked the movie, the anticipation of what chaos might go down during the wedding kept me interested in this movie.

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Con: The Plot & The Heart (-5pts)

As I mentioned earlier, the filmmakers sacrificed the plot of this movie to deliver more comedy. The plot of this movie was simply that Kenny wanted to make the wedding happen, and things kept going wrong. Everything between the beginning of the movie and the wedding was just a random sequence of random events. This would have been forgivable for a movie like this if the comedy worked, but it did not. To make things worse, the filmmakers tried to throw emotional moments at the end of this movie, but the entire story leading up to it did not focus enough on the characters' stories for this to be very impactful. The actors did the best they could, but with there having been no plot to support these moments, the emotional moments fell just as flat as the comedy.

Grading Scale

GradeCategoryPoints

A+

Amazing

95-100

A-

Great

90-94

B+

Good

85-89

B-

Decent

80-84

C+

Average

75-79

C-

Watchable

70-74

D+

Bad

65-69

D-

Terrible

60-64

F

Garbage

45-59

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Grade: D- (64pts)

Like any movie, I went into The Week Of hoping that I would like it. It had a simple enough premise that could have naturally made for a lot of comedic moments, and it had two lead actors who definitely could have pulled it off. Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to execute this movie properly. They sacrificed plot in order to deliver comedy, which would have been fine if the comedy worked. However, instead of sticking to comedy that was relevant to the premise, the filmmakers chose to throw in a bunch of random comedy, and most of that comedy did not work for me.

The supporting characters were over-the-top and ridiculous, and not in a good way. The only supporting character that really worked—the hotel manager—got so little focus that it was impossible for him to save the movie. Adam Sandler and Chris Rock had decent chemistry together, but most of the comedy around them fell flat, and there was not enough of a plot to make up for it. The Week Of had a decent premise, and a capable cast, but I thought the filmmakers severely dropped the ball with this one.

Comments

Movie Beasts (author) from MA on September 04, 2019:

Thanks, TurtleDog! I've never been one for the thumbs up/down approach, as I found most movies fall somewhere in the middle.

I appreciate the feedback!

TurtleDog on September 04, 2019:

Pretty good grading scale. Beats thumbs up thumbs down approach :)

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