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|Cinema Signal: Far from a green light but has elements of appeal for some audiences.|
Sing Like an American Idol, Women's Edition
Everything You Need to Sing the Hits!
(Discounted Paperback (with CD) from Amazon)
The best thing I can say about this buddy comedy is that the story structure by team writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore ("Ghosts of Girlfriends Past") has a touch of mystery and, for that, is clever and promising. The concept of four guys on a bachelor party who awaken (on their first morning in a Las Vegas hotel) to discover their rooms in shambles, a tiger in the bathroom, a chicken clucking around the mayhem and no memory of what happened to explain it all. And, none of them even saw the prostitute that high-tailed it out of there before any of them were fully restored to consciousness.
But, sort of led by Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper), the band of nutty guys try, and their attempts to piece the previous evening together puts them in contact with the hotel clerk, Mike Tyson (yes, the boxer), with prostitute Jade (Heather Graham) who is, according to Nevada law, the betrothed of dentist Stu Price (Ed Helms), local mobster Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong), and Alan Garner's (Zach Galifianakis) dim-wit drug dealer.
If only they could find Doug. His bride-to-be is calling pretty regularly as the big day approaches. Why can't he come to the phone? In fact, it all starts with such a call--in a flashforward when they're out on the desert looking for the groom and hiding the fact from her.
While editing has something to do with the uneven pacing and scenes that have the feel of being worked out (like they shot the rehearsal), don't blame editor Debra Neil-Fisher. You can't do much more with the footage than what's on it.
If you're wondering what the former heavyweight champ is doing here, well, maybe it had something to do with the soundtrack, which features performances by The Dan Band and Mike Tyson.
The payoff for what becomes a strain on our patience comes at the end... the very end... when, accompanying the credits, we finally see what happened the night before. This plays out with more hilarity and belly-laugh satisfaction than we saw in the movie, leaving you topped off with the feeling of rich amusement. But that would only be your own loss of memory over the stuff that didn't quite work.
Summing up: the mystery/comedy concept was great; the execution uneven; the whole not terrible but also not as good as some people are saying. If a bachelor party bender is your thing, you've got company. I didn't say taste.
~~ Jules Brenner