PROTECT THE LAW BY BREAKING IT.
When a newspaper tycoon (Tom Wilkinson) dies, his slacker son (Seth Rogen) rises to the occasion… and accidentally becomes a masked crimefighter. Michel Gondry’s foray into comedic superhero movies was heavily panned by critics; it doesn’t live up to its promise as a visually playful romp (not even in 3D). Far too drawn-out, but the blend of action and humor is fun to watch in fits and starts, especially if you have a soft spot for Rogen’s childish brand of comedy. Unfortunately, neither Christoph Waltz nor Cameron Diaz add much to it.
2011-U.S. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Michel Gondry. Screenplay: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. Cast: Seth Rogen (Britt Reid), Jay Chou (Kato), Cameron Diaz (Lenore Case), Tom Wilkinson, Christoph Waltz, David Harbour… Edward James Olmos, Edward Furlong. Cameo: James Franco.
Trivia: Nicolas Cage was allegedly considered for a part. At one point, Kevin Smith was supposed to direct the film with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead.