A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies.
IMDb: 5.8, did you notice that? A remarkably low rating for a reasonably entertaining comedy that doesn’t ride the patriot game and isn’t too silly. But know what, as I’ve just given you my shortened review on KUwtJ you must’ve noticed already that I’m at odds with the audience and most other critics.
Maybe it’s because I didn’t read any comments on IMDb discussion boards and no critics and didn’t even watch any YT reviews before sitting down to type this one, my own review, that I’m so weirdly uninhibited and positive about KUwtJ.
So, what happened, has Orca become a softee? Has she lost all professional distance? Uh, wot pleez? I never had any as I’m not a professional (as you very well know), and my personal softness factor changes daily. Hubby and me just watched this movie and kinda forgot it for a couple days. Because that’s what you do with movies like KUwtJ. Enjoy and forget.
Was KUwtJ a great movie? Naaw, far from. It was decent entertainment with a very decent story, good acting all around, good ideas and well paced. And KUwtJ even gave us an insight into the normal American mind, the everyday life of everyday people. Of course in an overdone, made for laughs kinda way but maybe still too close to the truth, too close for comfort for the everyday American audience? Particularly the first couple minutes must’ve been hurtful for many people. But does this explain the bad rating?
What the fuk do I know about the American mindset? Not enough to make such blanket statements. So let’s forget the rating and lok at the fukn movie:
Did it entertain us? Yes, it did. Very nicely even. KUwtJ wasn’t the most hilarious, laugh out loud comedy ever, and I guess it wasn’t supposed to be. I think KUwtJ is one of those basically harmless comedies for all the family, not too subversive and anarchistic. And not bitter at all.
And let me give my compliments to the scriptwriters and the director here, KUwtJ sometimes scratched the anarchist border very closely, which made it better for hubby and me. And for everybody else too, I hope.
Apart from that was KUwtJ utterly average in any aspect, even a bit cheap seen from the production values pov. Most action scenes and shootouts were filmed on empty backlots, so no scenes with hordes of extras and millions of stuntpeople. And, well, yes,that already sums up most of the negative things I have to say about KUwtJ.
Now thinking back on the movie I gotta say it contains some originary funny scenes and moments, witty one-liners and slapstick moments. And it stays human, or let’s say relatable – throughout the whole runtime. Our four main characters are just a tad on the funny side of being believable persons.
Apart from Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher, who were reliably good in their roles, I was most surprised by Jon Hamm, an actor I never heard of before. His line deliverance was so smooth and natural, he didn’t play for cheap laughs but was just a real guy. Good but a bit below the others, unfortunately, was Gal Gadot, who wasn’t able to shake off her marvellous Superwoman persona.
Screenplay and direction were very good … at least for my taste. Let’s say they made the best from a limited production budget.
CONCLUSION: C’mon, haven’t you readered Orca’s review? TL;DR: Nice family movie with some genuinely funny moments and no boredom at at all.
WATCH IT? Yes, why not? You won’t neither develop eye nor brain cancer. And that says already something about movies in 2016.
What the professionals say:
These people were too harsh I guess.
Grace is – as always – very correct.
Yes, Mark, of course we’ve seen it all before, and better. But KUwtJ was that kind of movie of 2016. And compared to what we had to endure during the rest of the year it was a very solid movie.