The Ladykillers (2004)
USA / English
"The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match. "An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.
Marlon Wayans - An Obsence & Unfunny Person
I watched this movie primarily because it starred Tom Hanks. His scenes
with Irma Hall as "Marva" (the landlady) provide the only highlights in
this otherwise disappointing movie. I gave the movie 3 stars - one for
each of the Hanks & Hall enjoyable performances and another for a
slight sprinkling of humor found throughout the film (for example,
scenes in the Sheriff's office).
The movie had great remake potential but was squandered by the
foul-mouthed and unfunny Marlon Wayans. I'm not against the use of
swear words in films but the foulness of his language was excessive -
and not even remotely humorous. As I watched his performance, I said to
myself: "Is this funny? Am I supposed to be laughing at this?"
I imagine that Marlon's character was included in the film to provide
contrast against the civility of the professor (Hanks) - but the result
was an abysmal failure. Why ruin a movie with the inclusion of this
kind of character and his obscene language? With a little more
imaginative writing a genuinely funny part could have been created.
"The Ladykillers" is an example of a very annoying trend in film these
days - directors seem to think that they simply have to turn someone
like Marlon loose and the obscene results will generate side-splitting
laughs. Well, quite the opposite actually occurs. Obscene language and
gestures used excessively in films such as this one are actually ugly
and repulsive. The use of such language demonstrates a lack of respect
both for the other characters being fictionally addressed in the film
and also for the audience watching it. Many viewers unfortunately then
take such obscene film language/gestures as being the norm in society
and hence acceptable for them to use in their outside the theater world
- but "cool" it is not.
Foul-mouthed humor as presented in this film demonstrates a lack of
creativity (i.e. there's nothing imaginative in using the same 4-letter
words over and over again). Marlon and his foul-mouthed humor does not
result in impressive screen-time. It simply is not funny and and only
serves to sour any real comedy presented in the film.
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