Director and screenwriter Justin Zackham ("The Bucket List") seems to be working on a new movie genre. In
Keaton and De Niro play a divorced couple brought back together for the wedding of their adopted son. Sarandon holds court at his home as his new live-in companion. The stilted love triangle between the oldsters is meant to create a screwball comedy. But the story is too tame to get the raucous laughter needed to succeed on that level.
There's some snappy dialogue peppering the predictable subplots with a number of chuckles. There are some younger actors who fill the gaps with competent charm. Overall, that makes it amusing enough to take it a step above other silly De Niro films like "Meet the Parents" or "Meet the Fockers." But waiting for the video is a cost-effective way to see this lightweight effort.
'Trek' worth taking
From a primitive planet to a futuristic London, "
J.J. Abrams' re-ignited the venerable saga of the USS Enterprise in 2009 by giving us a prequel to the universally famous TV show and subsequent movies.
While giving us a sly essence of the original actors,
And we have a magnificent villain in
The movie opens and closes with exciting action sequences that convey the ages-old themes of friendship, loyalty, good and evil.
Abrams throws in clever little touches to the original series and movies, right up to a cameo by Leonard Nimoy as the highly logical Spock.