Mr. Church

Reviewed
Tue. 12/27/16
Mr. Church
2.9166666666667
Acting
4
4/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
3
3/5
Story
2.5
2.5/5
Visuals
2
2/5
Kernel Factor
2
2/5
Interesting and cute story turned Hollywood cliche
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

I really enjoyed seeing Eddie Murphy in a movie. It has literally felt like 5-10 years (besides Shrek) that I've seen him in something. It's what drew me to the film. I think the cast did great work. The story and environment set-up didn't always help them, but they did their best and it resonated with me. The story will frustrate you and seems riddled with holes even though it's based on a "true friendship". There are so many questions. I watched this with my family and there were a few questions that were said aloud, and the response was "it's a movie." I hate that response, especially when we're supposed to be believing this "true friendship." That being said, it's cute, it's decent, and it's a good rental. 

Acting
I really enjoyed the acting in this film. I had read a couple bad reviews about Eddie Murphy's performance, but it was so nice to see him in something. Additionally, Britt Robertson is a star in the making - she is the next Jennifer Lawrence. 
Morality
Mr. Church has some intense language scenes. There's also a few drunk episodes that are intense. Know how to talk to your kids about language and drinking if you let them watch it, BUT this film does NOT glamorize those things, which I love.
Music
Nothing noteworthy, but Mr. Church plays the piano/jazz very well and there is a lot of happy paces/rythyms throughout
Story
This had a very unique working, but then became cliche with ridiculous coincendeces. That being said, it retained enough uniqueness to be average - not sure that makes sense LOL.
Visuals
You can tell when a film has a limited budget. The budget here went to something, but it did NOT go to the art department for their 1970s/1980s set ups. Pretty weak in making it feel like you are in that time period. 
Kernel Factor
There were moments I loved this movie because of its depth and moments when I thought it fell flat because of its easy-way-out scenes. It's hard to really describe, but this is a basic, feel-good, yet kind-of-not-feel-good-movie.

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