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Unfortunately for the movie, hes also our rooting interest and the romantic lead.
Crime doesnt pay, and in the case of Masterminds, neither does comedy.
What Masterminds lacks in sharp one liners it more than makes up for in ridiculous slapstick.
His lone gunman represents everything that makes a Jared Hess character work moronic ambivalence mixed with psychotic confidence but hes only one fish ..
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Theres a lot of scorn for the people in Masterminds, and while entertainment doesnt have to feature likable characters (just look at the terrific TV s ..
Hess dives deeply into the ass crack of suburban North Carolina, finding lowbrow caricature courtesy his two wonderfully shameless lead actors, Zach G ..
The sentimentality, however, outweighs the humor, and even if the jokes were good it would become difficult to laugh because they are at the expense o ..
The logic with which this dynamic develops throughout the film suggests that Hess isnt throwing behavioral peculiarities at a wall and seeing what sti ..
If smart dumb comedies hold a place in your heart, youll like Masterminds.
Jared Hess best comedy since Napoleon Dynamite which admittedly is not exactly a very difficult feat for him to pull off.
This movie is not for you. This movie is not for anyone. Except maybe for Lorne Michaels. It must make him feel good that he can still get movies made ..
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Zach Galifianakis succeeds in making an already ridiculous crime even funnier in this caper comedy from the director of Napoleon Dynamite.
Kristen Wiig fares slightly better, cast against type as Galifianakiss trashy but sexy love interest, although she doesnt get much to do, disappearing ..
Although not a disaster, Masterminds is a disposable and middling off kilter heist comedy that squanders its casts talents on subpar material.
Masterminds is filled with the sort of idiotic bathroom humor that has become standard in big screen comedies, but it is enlivened by the surreal slap ..
Kate McKinnon shines as Galifianakiss dead eyed fiance with all the personality of fresh roadkill, and Jason Sudeikiss pencil moustached hitman and Le ..
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Jared Hesss film turns out to be a succession of failed jokes punctuated by a few cathartic laughs.
In its place are tortuously dull set pieces, rambling dialogue and banal stagings.
Its also clear that Hess has a long term aesthetic project hes into.
Hess deploys the same sneering derision he brought to Napoleon Dynamite; only Wiig eludes his heavy hand long enough to turn in a sensitive and sympat ..
The movies appeal boils down to this: do you want to see David consume a dead tarantula that squirts orange goo on first bite If so, Hesss fascination ..
It feels as if theres too much constantly being added to the too much thats in this material from the start.
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Galifianakis and Sudeikis give this their all, but truthfully, the REAL heist was funnier than The Hollywood Version.
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The full on goofiness is not reliably buoyant; this is an intermittently enjoyable but often choppy comic ride.
Painfully unfunny, Masterminds feels like a movie its own moronic characters might have made.
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Those responsible for Masterminds want to pull off the latter sort of perfect buffoon crime caper in a story thats actually based on a true life event ..
The laughs evaporate almost as soon as they land, and some (make that most) of them dont land at all.
All of these actors and filmmakers will do better work in the future, but Masterminds wont be on the top of anyones rsum.
Leads Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis bolster the hit and miss story with soulful goofiness.
You might forget Masterminds five minutes after you see it, but youll enjoy it in the moment.
Also Read: Will Tim Burtons Miss Peregrine Lead Box Office Newcomers Masterminds is kinder to its characters than most comedies about the bumbling and ..
Both Nacho Libre and Don Verdean were painfully unfunny exercises.)
But theres something about the slower, dry, Hessian tone working in concert with this high octane heist story that doesnt quite jibe.
Its often funny, but it never quite hangs together as a coherent movie.
While Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite have a certain charm and were made with a passion for filmmaking, Masterminds seems more like a movie that was ..
A funny, fact based heist movie about a bunch of nitwits Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Owen Wilson, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis ..
If youre in a mood for some weekend cheer, Masterminds could do it for you.
It doesnt take much for David to agreeand theres a magnificent directorial touch in the decisive discussion, when David brings her roses and a thorn p ..
Masterminds doesnt seem to understand that tacky costumes are funnier if they contain at least some kernel of believability.
Although Galifianakiss performance isnt conducive to getting an audience on Davids side, he isnt done any favors by the uneven screenplay, which tries ..
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Zach Galifianakis turns a public swimming pool brown after eating a Super Taco somewhere from a local stand in Mexico. With jokes like that, how can t ..
I cracked up here and there watching this broad heist comedy, but it wasnt laughter I felt great about.
On its own, Masterminds is a decent comedy, even if everyone involved has done better work elsewhere. But next to all the serious options playing in t ..
Masterminds has good performances and a few genuinely funny bits, but it ultimately doesnt do justice to the true events that inspired it.
Add Owen Wilson as the bullying heist leader (the masterminds title is clearly ironic for all concerned), Jason Sudeikis as a weird hit man and Comedy ..
Galifianakis is surprisingly decent, and while hes not exactly stretching himself (his version of David is basically just a kinder, gentler version of ..
Masterminds: The plot is secondary to a deadpan tone and raucous misadventures.
McKinnon is wasted, Wilson is unconvincing as a hick and the whole film takes a very condescending view of people with low incomes.
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A self consciously off kilter comedy, Masterminds doesnt quite stay on its game long enough to truly satisfy.
This comedy of criminal errors is played with wonderfully zany, black, slapstick humor.
Masterminds feels impossible from the get go, and we simply dont believe it, so it doesnt earn the Oh my god that actually happened!
Thankfully, the unimpressive writing doesnt completely hold back the actors; they can still make strange faces and wear ridiculous costumes.
You know what else isnt funny Watching Galifianakis shart in a pool.
Masterminds may be as dumb as its characters sometimes, but its a good, entertaining kind of dumb.
His cornball romance with Kristen Wiig works out okay, but Owen Wilsons bad guy act just doesnt gel with the movie.
A comedy that takes a true tall tale already absurd enough and adds garish hair stylings, a catfight involving vaginal cream as a weapon and a joke ab ..
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For the most part, Masterminds feels like being trapped in one of those painful Saturday Night Live sketches that come on after Weekend Update and see ..
Masterminds doesnt live up to its comedy pedigree. The all star cast of comedy veterans needed a stronger script to keep the laughs coming.
Galifianakis and McKinnon are genuinely entertaining, especially together, but when taken as a whole, Masterminds squanders its potential all too friv ..
Masterminds wont rank as one of historys big budget botches such as Ishtar and Heavens Gate, but the colossal waste of class A comedy talent should qu ..
Its a completely one sided and adulatory portrait, as you would expect from an artist approved work.
Its editing rhythm and tension building is so off key it makes something as exciting as a vault robbery torturous to watch.
Nobody would ever mistake Masterminds for a good movie ... but it would be criminal to deny the huge laughs strewn throughout, sneakily exploding like ..
Theres a sunny type of comedy that tries to pretend that it doesnt have to aspire to a higher purpose, like telling a tightly composed story, or being ..
The film is extremely funny at times and features a cast of comedic whos who.
Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis in Masterminds (Relativity Media) Masterminds and American Honey satirize people and politics.
Theres some punchy play with comic timing and scattershot laughs, but the movies too skittish, misfires in a hitman subplot, and cant make us treasure ..
Painfully unfunny comedy that lacks every sense of wit, charm, and most of all competent filmmaking that shouldve stayed unreleased.
Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiigs absurd lead turns help carry this uneven but amusing bank robbery comedy.
But Deepwater Horizon is a pleasant surprise. *** Masterminds is a singularly odd movie.
A film with scatological humor and simple gags product of a unoriginal and lazy script.
A comedy with a fairly linear structure in its plot and that entertains with good gags.
But he is a genuinely sweet man who is soon to marry Jandice (the always funny Kate McKinnon, in full, wide eyed weirdo mode), who doesnt seem to real ..
This is a film made for a specific audience whose members delighted in the anachronistic eccentricities of Hess past films. If you found those tedious ..
Unlike many of its shelved ilk, however, Masterminds isnt a total dud.
Its a surprising piece of comedy filmmaking featuring a talented cast working at the top of their game.
Writers Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey start from facts and let their imaginations run wild.
Not every gag lands, but those that do make this broad yet lovable schlub of a comedy worth a $3.99 online stream.
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What actually serves the feature best is the pedigree of its talent, rather than the factual story its trying to tell or the history of amusing movie ..
There are plenty of great yet stupid comedies out there; this just isnt one of them.
A trial and error comedy in which there are more errors than anything.
It had everything to avoid failure but turned out to be a worn, predictable and very unfunny comedy.
I feel no type of way toward this forgettable yet harmless movie.
Even though the film isnt completely despicable, the main problem lies in the inconsistencies and its cast.
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A comedy that is entertaining thanks to its interpreters, but it ends up being more effective in its social analysis between white aristocracy and the ..
If you love dumb movies about nothing then you will enjoy this film. If you expect comedies to have some sort of substance and actual funny actors, th ..
The film is plagued with bad jokes that are trying way too hard to make you laugh.
Galifianakiss bad hair is the first obvious clue of the filmmakers creative miscalculation.
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