Saturday 29 July 2023

Movie Review: The Out-Laws (2023)

Genre: Comedy
Director: Tyler Spindel
Starring: Adam Devine, Pierce Brosnan, Ellen Barkin, Julie Hagerty, Nina Dobrev, Michael Rooker
Running Time: 95 minutes

Synopsis: Bank manager Owen (Adam DeVine) is about to marry his girlfriend Parker (Nina Dobrev). He meets her parents Billy and Lilly (Pierce Brosnan and Ellen Barkin) for the first time, and soon afterwards his bank is robbed. Owen suspects his future in-laws are the famous Ghost Bandits, who have long been pursued by the FBI's Agent Oldham (Michael Rooker). Billy and Lilly have unfinished business with ruthless mobster Rehan (Poorna Jagannathan), while Owen has to keep his bride-to-be safe and earn the respect of her family.

What Works Well: Some of the chase scene enjoy a manic vibe, and veterans Pierce Brosnan and Ellen Barkin cut through the nonsense with a nostalgic edge.

What Does Not Work As Well: This is a lazy and predictable crime comedy, underwritten and overacted in equal measures. Profanity is used as a crutch for a glaring lack of wit, few jokes land, the attempted plot is a childish mishmash of ideas, and Adam DeVine mugs his way into an embarrassing performance. Perhaps not surprisingly, co-produced by Adam Sandler.

Conclusion: The Out-Laws belongs in the outhouse.

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