(1988) from Tuna
|18 Again (1988) starred a then 81 year
old George Burns, who changes bodies with his college freshman grandson
(Charlie Schlatter) after an accident. With natural charm and ability,
burns turns Charlie's life around from being a nerd and kind of a loser
to the most popular guy on campus, track star, and dating the most
beautiful woman on campus.
The only exposure was breasts and buns from
Connie Gauthier as a model in an art class.
I am a huge fan of the late George Burns, but was not
impressed with this film. His comedy timing was still evident, but the
material was not dry enough to fit his sense of humor. Through most of
the film, Burns is doing voice-over -- supposedly his thoughts inside
his grandson's body.
"Burns is a beloved
institution, and any opportunity to see him is welcome, he
is not given much to do in the movie, and he doesn't do much
- with their dollars ... only $2.5 million
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
I have to give it a C-, as a technically ok
comedy starring one of the all-time greats, but very short on
substance or humor.
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