Nice Surprise. Unfocused and a lot of the humor was easy but even in his goofier movies Green brings some humanity to everything. There's a handful of touching scenes that feel like they belong in a stronger film. Jonah Hill in all seriousness is really unique presence rattling off all kinds of non pc jokes but never at the expense of this underdog quality he has. Passes the nothing on at 2 am test.
The plot is about as generic as it gets, but staying true to his brand of humor, DGG's scenarios and character interactions are more awkward and bizarre than your typical comedy schlock and tend to embrace the ridiculousness of the shallow plots which allows the actors to get wacky, but in a realistic way lending more of a humanistic element to the films even when they are so over the top.
Sam Rockwell is the film's only redeeming quality. Oh, and Method Man and his boo. Either way, the script felt rushed and wasn't really funny. Particularly groan-inducing was the man-to-man talk Jonah has with a 13 year old boy about being gay. Only a straight man could write that tripe.
While I wish David Gordon Green would return to directing smart, understated indie dramas, I'll admit he has a strange talent for gloriously inappropriate comedy. His latest effort, THE SITTER, about the world's worst babysitter who takes three kids along with him on a drug run for his girlfriend, is a surprisingly uproarious and agreeably cringe-inducing comedy romp.
Great example of a shitty movie with poor execution and composition that is at least partially redeemed by Jonah Hill's nervous and annoyed performance; he's the source of at least a dozen seriously funny moments. More Sam Rockwell, or even a film that excises the kids completely and focuses on a weird tangle between Hill and Rockwell, would have brought this up exponentially.
Not very good considering the players involved. The best and most outlandish bit was when Noah arrived at Carl's. I mean body builders everywhere! What was the scriptwriter thinking? Still, the scene made me laugh, the rest of the movie did not.