Running Time: 88 mins
Rated: Rated M (moderate drug reference, infrequent moderate coarse language)
The polite word for this kind of ratbag comedy is 'undemanding'. It is a star vehicle to set Saturday Night Live comedian, Adam Samberg, on his cinematic way. Samberg does not look entirely unlike Adam Sandler. It shows him as a gawky nerd whose ambition is to be a stunt man like his father (who worked with Evel Knievel). The only (main?) trouble is that he is no good at it, despite all his attempts - quite a lot of literal knockabout slapstick for Samberg as he fails and fails and fails.
He also gets knocked about by his stepfather, a tanned Ian McShane who looks as if he had spent the last year in a solarium. And, of all people, Sissy Spacek is his carefree mother. But Dad needs a heart transplant and, in order to help him survive so that he can finally beat him and be a man, Sandberg, with the help (that is an overstatement) of his stepbrother, his slacker friends and the girl next door (Isla Fisher), he plans to ride his bike over fifteen buses (more than Knievel).
Since this is basically a feelgood (despite all the bruises and breakages) movie, the event becomes special for the town and for the television audience - and a traditional happy ending is had by all.
Paramount Out 11th October
Fr Peter Malone MSC directs the film desk of SIGNIS: the World Association of Catholic Communicators, and is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting