Nat thought – horrifyingly, incomprehensibly bad.
I’m not a very charitable person normally, but if there’s one good I can do for mankind before I die, it will be to save you the agony, expense and lost life hours watching this colossal piece of shit. I’m not even going to put any pictures on this post, lest you be blinded by star power and tempted to ignore me.
I had heard it was bad, so I wasn’t going to bother, but I was curious as to how bad. And if that bad, how the hell did producer/director Peter Farrelly get the cast to sign on? I mean look at the cast list for god’s sake. There’s so many, I’ll just list them in order of (my) most talented – Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Seth McFarlane, Stephen Merchant, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Liev Shrieber, Terence Howard, Gerard Butler, Dennis Quaid, Greg Kinnear, Josh Duhamel, Emma Stone, Anna Farris, Kate Bosworth, Kieren Culkin, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Chloe Moretz and… Richard Gere.
As far as Oscar/Golden Globe winners and nominees go, that has to be the greatest cast list of all time. So what’s the story? Were they bribed? Blackmailed? On drugs? All of the above?
No. Apparently it was the old “if he/she does it, then I’ll do it” trick. You know, get one big star on board and it’s an A-list snowball from there. Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman were the first to sign on (four years ago), so I suppose we should really ask what the hell those two were thinking? Everyone also worked for scale (about $600 US a day) and profit points, which means pay day only comes if the movie makes a killing at the box office. Maybe Hugh and Kate thought gross-out humour was making a come back and they’d clean up. Maybe they wanted to impress their kids. Maybe they just weren’t thinking at all. At the beginning of March it had grossed just over $8 million in the US. So with a reported budget of $6 million, they might just see a couple of bucks come their way after all. Hardly enough compensation though to cover the embarrassment they must be feeling, I would have thought. Continue reading