Insultingly Dumb TV Remake
Release Date: June 10, 2005
Starring: Cedric the Entertainer, Mike
Epps, Gabrielle Union, Regina
Hall, and John Leguizamo
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: PG-13 for some innuendo and
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: John Schultz
Executive Producer: Hal Ross
Producer: Julie Durk, David T. Friendly,
Eric Rhone, and Marc
Writer: Barry W. Blaustein, Danny
Jacobson, Don Rhymer, and
Address Comments To:Brad Grey, Chairman
Gail Berman, President
Motion Picture Group
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
All the while, Ralph’s wife Alice wants to buy a house, but if he can’t get back some of their lost money, they’ll be stuck in their apartment forever. With Alice’s house on the line, Ralph has to worry not only about money but about restoring his wife’s faith in him. Ralph and Alice have a solid marriage, which reminds audiences that people can stay together even through stressful problems.
Unfortunately, Ralph and Norton use some underhanded techniques to make their money, including pretending to collect cash for charity. In the end, they turn to dog racing and try to enter a mutt into a big greyhound competition. It’s admirable that Ralph wants to support Alice in her pursuit of the American dream, but his means are dishonest. Audiences won’t take any cues from his dishonesty, however, because Ralph is clearly a buffoon, and each of his schemes goes awry. You can only laugh at his stupidity. His dishonesty is always folly.
The movie is one of the less offensive PG-13 movies in recent memory. Running only 85 minutes, it feels long anyway due to sub-par writing and a plot that lacks structure. A lot of the humor is aimed at African-Americans and might alienate other audiences. An UPN sitcom reference is the most telling sign.
What’s disappointing about THE HONEYMOONERS targeting African-Americans is that the movie talks down to its audience at every turn. It makes each joke as obvious as possible, and some of the plot contrivances are beyond ridiculous. The movie clearly thinks its audience is stupid. Further, one could argue that the depiction of African-Americans as simpleminded and money grubbing (yet warmhearted) is grossly offensive and harkens back to the pre-HONEYMOONERS era of minstrel shows.
In summation, a lot of people could go see THE HONEYMOONERS and not be too offended, but why would they want to do that?
Regrettably, Ralph and Norton use some underhanded techniques, including pretending to collect cash for charity. Audiences won’t take any cues from their dishonesty, however, because they’re clearly buffoons, and you can only laugh at their stupidity. The movie is one of the less offensive PG-13 movies in recent memory, with some light foul language, slapstick comedy and a little sexual innuendo. Anyway, the aimless and boring writing is sub-par and insults the audience’s intelligence. Most moviegoers probably will be turned off by this attempt to clone a classic.