Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast
Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
A film as arbitrary as the day it "celebrates", this was clearly a case of trying to fit a bunch of characters and events around a central theme - and failing.The lazy writers (5 of them!) give us a set of cookie-cutter characters - the lesbian moms, the interracial couple, the adopted daughter and her celebrity birth-mother, the bigoted grandparents, the cute British guy, the sad widower and his teenaged daughters, the frazzled divorcee - and connects them all together via a contrived and unsatisfying "storyline", culminating in an abrupt and anticlimactic ending.There are no laughs in this "comedy", and very little romance. There is no real drama. Zero actual story, besides the thinnest thread of narrative that binds the characters uncomfortably into a single film. There is really nothing at all to see here, except a couple of has-been movie stars, a few up-and-comers, and a llama.Whatever meagre offerings are served up in this film, you can see done much better in a dozen other films. It gets two stars from me, not because it's worthy of them particularly, but because there are films even worse.
Gosh, the stereotypes here... Mom and Dad have southern accents and are from Texas. Dad wears a hat that has Texas on it and an American Flag shirt that says 'Hardcore American' . But wait, they are not happy with their two daughters spouse choices... So this is what passes as tolerance? This movie is full of left wing tolerance and of course the only people who 'grow' are the conservatives from Texas. It made the movie unwatchable. All of the cast is talented, why would they choose to be a part of this?
The comedy wasn't funny, the drama and the resolutions were all predictable, and most of the performances made me feel uncomfortable. Not sure who owed who a favor, but this should have never been a feature film. It's basically an average Lifetime movie, but gets a slight bump only because of Jennifer Aniston, who always pulls off these safe familiar roles with some spark and even some depth, but that isnt enough to help save an otherwise horribly predictable and flat script.
Fist clue: Jen Aniston stars in it which means the movie will be PURE CRAP.Second clue: Oh dear, Jason Sudeikis also stars in it, how coincidental, Jen and him are former colleagues from We're the Millers and Horrible Bosses. Smells like deja vu.Kate Hudson is cool but there is no proof of chemistry between her and her husband played by Aasif Mandvi, who can't act well enough to sell a happy marriage.Then Julia Roberts' scenes last less than 10 minutes during the whole movie, so explain why-why-oh my god why she was on the movie poster and not Sarah Chalke??!! Plus her character is as cold as her in real life. You know what Julia, we've seen Notting Hill in 1999, we've moved on.The only characters that kept me going were the least famous but the most gifted: Jack Whitehall as Zack and Margo Martindale as Flo.To sum up, wait until your local TV shows it, don't even bother paying for it.Not.worth.a.single.penny