Big question: Tom Arnold hasn't been a major player in Hollywood since, uh, ever. Will writing and starring in a movie about a has-been actor who's writing and starring in a movie be his own average-Joe version of "Adaptation"?
Skip it: After failing to kill himself (a half-bottle of pills and full bottle of vodka won't do the trick), Bill Williams (Arnold) is hired to write and co-star in a project about a teenage action hero. The catch: Aaron (Eric Gores, essentially playing himself) has cerebral palsy, and the deliberately unprofessional film--the script changes constantly as Aaron insists on kissing a Maxim hottie, casting Shaq and more--is simply a gift his mega-rich parents promised him for his birthday. "The Kid & I" treats suicide as a joke and Aaron as someone who could never be a hero or find love on his own.
Catch it if: You can't get enough dairy products. This is hands-down the cheesiest ending of the year.
Bottom line: "The Kid & I" thinks that it can obtain ironic campiness by acknowledging its own mediocrity. Instead, it's a movie that sucks about a movie that sucks, and just appears to be a handful of celebrities (Linda Hamilton, Shannon Elizabeth, Henry Winkler and lots more) doing Tom Arnold a favor. Seemingly more of a promotion for the Make-A-Wish Foundation than a legitimate release, this has straight-to-DVD written all over it.
Bonus: The film is "sorta based on a true story." We're hoping the scene of Tom Arnold passed out in a bathtub under a garbage bag is strictly for laughs (for his sake).
'The Kid & I'
Directed by Penelope Spheeris; screenplay by Tom Arnold; cinematography by Robert Seaman; art direction by Nanci Roberts; music by Damon Fox; edited by Jan Northrop and John Wesley Whitton; produced by Penelope Spheeris, Tom Arnold and Brad Wyman. A Slow Hand Releasing, Slowhand Cinema Releasing and Wheels Up Films release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:33. PG-13 (for some language, crude humor and drug references).
Bill Williams - Tom Arnold
Eric Gores - Aaron Roman
Guy Prince - Richard Edson
Davis Roman - Joe Mantegna
Johnny Bernstein - Henry Winkler
Shelby Roman - Shannon Elizabeth
Susan Mandeville - Linda HamiltonCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times