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Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 Jan 2012 and 9 Mar 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A ten year old boy gets court approval to seek new parents on the assumption that they will treat him better than his current set.
My Take on it – I’ll start off by saying that the premise of this movie is great, but is terribly executed.
What parent hasn’t heard so many times from their kids that they’d rather live elsewhere because of your rules, but we know as parents that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
This movie takes that idea to an extreme by actually giving a kid a chance to find better parents than the ones he has.
This movie is basically an advertisement for the different kind of cultures around America and why those cultures don’t fit the lifestyle that this kid seeks.
The movie moves along at strange paces because sometimes it feels drawn out and other as if it’s being done in high speed, but the idea just isn’t presented in an interesting or even coherent fashion.
The cast of celebrity cameos is long and fun to try and see who will turn up around the corner.
My favorites by far are the cameos by Alexander Gudonov and Kelly McGillis reprising their roles from Witness (1985). It’s short but hilarious.
The novelty of the cameos wears off fairly quickly and isn’t as good the second time around.
This was one of Roger Ebert’s most hated movies and to get a laugh, you should read his review below.
I didn’t like this one so much, but it’s slightly better than Roger claims..slightly.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is horribly executed. Nice large cast of cameos make it fun to try and spot the stars, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly. Siskel and Ebert were right that this movie is bad, but it’s slightly (only slightly) better than they claimed.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the time of its release, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel considered this to be one of the worst films they’d ever reviewed. Ebert wrote, “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.” The pair later reviewed it on their television show, where Ebert went on to say that the movie made him “cringe… just sitting here thinking about it.” Gene Siskel characterized it as “junk” and said that it made him feel “unclean.” The clip of their review would go on to become a popular Internet meme associated with bad movie reviews. When Rob Reiner was roasted at the New York Friar’s Club, Richard Belzer asked him to read Ebert’s review, Reiner did so, then joked “if you read between the lines, [the review] isn’t really that bad.” Screenwriter Alan Zweibel keeps a clipping of the review in his wallet, sometimes reading it at public appearances. Ebert’s review eventually became so notorious (arguably more so than the film itself) that he later released a collection of negative reviews titled “I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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