The Worst That Could Happen?
To See This Movie...
tells the police that a certain "lucky ring" is his
property. This just happens to be Caffery's "lucky ring,"
which was given to him by his sweetheart.
the worst that could happen? Well, for starters, you could shell out
eight bucks to see this lackluster comedy. Martin Lawrence ("Big
Momma's House," "Life") plays Kevin Caffery, a trendy
thief who has flare and style. He has a big plan to rob the empty
beach house of unethical billionaire, Max Fairbanks (played by Danny
DeVito). While Caffery is pilfering the beach house, Fairbanks
happens to show up, call the police, and have Caffery arrested.
rest of the film is tied to Caffery trying to get his ring back,
while Fairbanks plays his own pranks on the offensive. The premise of
the story could have been very solid, had the writers decided to make
a believable situation out of it. The writers decided, however, to
throw in funny one-liners, and gag costumes to enhance the comedy of
the film. Caffery's 14-inch afro was pretty funny, and if you happen
to enjoy the sights and sounds of canines breaking wind, then this
film is for you.
Sam Weisman ("The Out of Towners," "George of the
Jungle") makes due the best he can with the script he had to
deal with. The direction of the film isn't half bad, as he keeps the
story going by tying in several different comedic scenes. Needless to
say, Weisman will not be winning an Academy Award for this
performance, but neither will
Lawrence and Danny DeVito star in MGM's What's The Worst That
biggest problem with "What's the Worst that Could Happen?"
are the trailers advertising the film. The trailers for this film
reveal way too much to the audience, and ruin the basic structure of
the storyline. This made the film too predictable, although I did
laugh. John Leguizamo ("Titan A.E.," "Summer of
Sam") plays Lawrence's sometimes funny sidekick, and William
Fichtner ("Drowning Mona," "The Perfect Storm")
plays a suave police detective.
this film will not be the summer's only comedy worth seeing. The
film is actually good for a few laughs, as Lawrence and DeVito make
the film mildly entertaining. The film has been rated PG-13 to lure
younger audiences, and has a running time of two hours. Even though I
laughed, I am giving this film 2.5 out of 5 stars because it could
have been so much more.
by David Fago