Bad Bromance


Directors: Andrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul
Starring: Jack Black, James Marsden & Kathryn Hahn
Synopsis: The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion.
Rating: 15 Duration: 101 minutes Release date: 18 January (UK)

Somewhere in between the casual sex, drugs and uncomfortable humour of Bad Bromance, a good film is lurking. Saddled with a poor story and a script that bounces around from mildly funny to embarrassing, Jack Black and James Marsden are given the unenviable task of making this entertaining.

Jack Black is the self appointed chairman of his high school reunion board and takes the position rather too seriously. In his attempts to be accepted by the other members of the group, he launches a hail mary to bring back the one student who was ever really successful; James Marsden’s now Hollywood TV commercial actor.

Despite Black’s natural comedy chops, his role in Bad Bromance is more reserved than one would normally associate with the School of Rock star and he displays some neat touches in a role that is really more crude than he lets it become. Marsden lends a sensitivity to the insecure Hollywood actor he portrays here and shows he is a more than capable actor who gets slightly overlooked when it comes to larger roles.

While the acting and direction is fine, Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel’s first time effort never gets the balance right between humour and drama. The humour seems crude and particularly unfunny, while the drama never hits the mark in the way it really could. Which is a shame, as there is no lack of effort here, it’s all just very average.

Extras: A gag reel is the solitary extra on the DVD.

Film: 2/5
Extras: 1/5


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