I’m always up for a bad comedy. Whether it’s Adam Sandler’s latest or the new formulaic sex adventure, I have no doubt that I’ll find some shred of enjoyment. So whenever LOVEFiLM doesn’t send me the film I want, but rather a critically trashed comedy, I’m absolutely fine with it. But let me make this clear: I’m ok with them sending me a bad comedy, NOT A FREAKING DEATH SENTENCE.
Ok, let’s rewind that: Their friends are unexpectedly killed in a car crash, leaving them with no choice but to look after their child. Is it just me, or does that sound like a really good Drama? Sure, they try to show how difficult it is for them in the film, but before long, it’s just the baby pooping in a hat. Again. Get rid of the jokes, get rid of the silliness, get rid of Heigl, and you’ve got yourself something great. But nope. They had to make it a comedy. An unfunny one at that.
Duhamel is not a screen presence; you either want to punch him in the face or punch him in the nuts. Either way, you just want to inflict pain. I find it hard to believe that he’s playing a douche who suddenly has to become a father. If anything, he’s playing an actor who’s actually playing a douche who suddenly has to become a father, but he sucks at it. His voice is grating, his face is stupid, and he delivers every line with a hint of “Laugh at me God damn it! Laugh!” in his voice. He’s actually very similar to Heigl, who has pretty much built her entire career around that. Even in Knocked Up, one of the funniest films of the past 10 years, she manages to bore. When it comes to Heigl movies, I rely on her co stars to keep me watching. Seth Rogen did the job fine, but when her co star is just as bad as her, what hope does the film have?
A stunningly beautiful drama... Wasted, to make room for a stunningly bad comedy. And as much as I like bad comedies, this just didn’t cut it. It’s so bad; it doesn’t deserve to be a bad comedy. Horrible acting, horrible script, wasted potential – Might as well have been Katherine Heigl’s biographic film.