This Rotten Week: Predicting Ride Along, Jack Ryan, Devil's Due and The Nut Job Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-01-12 17:07:21discussion comments
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Movie studios are starting to get back into the swing of things after a few slow weeks. That means the winter movies season is kicking into gear. And while these movies donít look particularly good by any means, at least they donít involve Hercules. This week weíve got ride alongs, shadow recruits, the devil and nut jobs.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Ride Along
Thankfully, when I proposed to Mrs. Rotten Week, I wasnít forced to jump through any bullying hoops from any of her family members. Frankly, they were just happy to have me around: looking awesome, being hilarious, bringing to the table a ton of relationship upside. It was smooth sailing through the courting process (love you baby!). But unfortunately it isnít always this way, with varying forms of meatheady-ness coming through on the part of brothers, fathers, etc. wanting to ensure you "deserve" their sister, daughter, etc. So goes Kevin Hartís problem in this flick.

Hart is a stereotypical moronic guy, with a stereotypical girlfriend who has a stereotypically "tough" older brother in Ice Cube who happens to be a cop. From the trailer, this movie appears to have come printed directly out of of some Hollywood movie-writing sweatshop in which small,underpaid children are forced to cut and paste pieces from other successful (or not) scripts and put them together into a new movie. Once this process is complete, the studio just hires some big names and calls it a day. If you have any other insight into how this movie was created Iíd love to hear it.

Tim Story directs and I think we can take a stroll through his career to make an educated guess as to where this latest will fall on the Tomatometer. It starts off pretty well with Barbershop (82%). And thatís pretty much the end of the good times following up a great first effort with Taxi (10%), Fantastic Four (27%), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (37%) and then bouncing back just a tad with Think Like a Man (53%). What does that tell us? Tim Story might have saved all his best work for the first effort. This latest movie will trend along with the rest of his career. Not funny, and not well received. The Rotten Watch for Ride Along is 34%


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