Fathers know foolishness best in this culture-clash family comedy, which presides over a cursed union of slushy sentimentality and dim-witted humor. Two lovebirds (Gross, Ferrera) wreak havoc among their clans by announcing their intentions to marry. Such news is upsetting to their respective not-so-proud pops—a playboy radio personality (Whitaker) and a clingy car restorer (Mencia)—who immediately begin volleying racial and class-based insults at each other.
Paternal bickering and egomaniacal prejudices soon give way to slapstick fighting, which in turn leads to clichéd crises (the couple starts to reconsider their relationship, other relatives find love amid the matrimonial chaos) and “Kumbaya” reconciliations that are as predictable as the script’s intolerant slurs are tame. A variety of peripheral players fulfill the stereotype quota, with African-Americans represented as party-hearty lotharios and Mexicans cast as traditionalist kooks. Aside from an uncomfortable-looking Carlos Mencia, who seems to actively cower before the camera, the cast is robotically efficient—though that’s not the same thing as coming out of this lifeless mess unscathed. It’ll take years of yeoman’s work for Forest Whitaker to repair his onscreen reputation after allowing himself to be humped by a runaway goat hopped up on Viagra.
|Release date:||Friday March 12 2010|
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