Saturday, May 3, 2014

Walk of Shame

How does a comedy starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden only get a limited release in theaters with minimal marketing and also simultaneously debut on Video on Demand?  Easy, it's not particularly good and the studio smartly decided to not invest the additional money for a wide theatrical release.

Banks plays a local TV news anchor who is having a really bad day.  She lost out on her dream job of becoming a national TV news anchor, and her husband took off with her furniture and her dog.  So she begrudgingly accepts to go out on a crazy night with her friends to get drunk and slut it up.  And then things spiral even further out of control.

'Walk of Shame' has all the makings of a good comedy, including a great cast with a hot-in-Hollywood lead, good production value, and a premise with potential.  But it just never goes beyond passive entertainment.  There are no laughs, there's no edge, and nothing unpredictable happens.  You'd be much, much better off passing on this and seeking out the cult classic but largely overlooked 1985 Martin Scorsese film 'After Hours' featuring a terrific Griffin Dunne.

Grade: C

Who is this movie for?  People who prefer the Hollywood Assembly Line comedies.  To me this is just 95 wasted minutes of wasted talent.  Come to think of it, it's kind of shocking this didn't get a wide theatrical release with tons of marketing.

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