Sommerleigh Pollonais, Senior Writer
Plot: A group of friends reunite to play the titular Buddy Games, a wild assortment of absurd physical and mental challenges. In the process, they’ll heal old wounds, right past wrongs and figure out the true meaning of friendship…or die trying.
Review: You know, it doesn’t matter if you have all the right ingredients in your kitchen, if you don’t know how to make the damn dish!
The premise of a group of old friends getting together to do something childish and fun, while overcoming past hurts and becoming closer for it, was executed a lot better in 2018’s TAG. That movie had a lot of laughs, energy and a cast that seemed liked they genuinely loved spending time together.
With Buddy Games, the premise is a good one, but the movie lacks everything else needed to make a comedy such as this one enjoyable.
It was written, directed and produced by Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Think Like a Dog), and I’m guessing this was a passion project of his. The problem is I couldn’t feel the passion! This movie has zero energy, which is so strange considering the concept. The way it’s shot makes it look very cheaply made, and even though it was chock full of actors who I know can handle comedy, the only time I saw any spark or sign of real life here were the scenes between Duhamel and Olivia Munn (The Predator, Office Christmas Party). The rest of the guys didn’t seem like they were having fun at all, and I would be surprised if they actually liked each other off screen.
But you know what’s the BIGGEST sign your comedy wasn’t funny enough? When you feel the need to stick a bloopers reel in at the end of it. Have you ever noticed it’s the comedies that sucked the most that tend to do this? What makes it worse is the reel isn’t even that funny!
I don’t know about you guys, but for me Buddy Games was a swing and a miss, a goal in your own goalpost, a belly flop off the diving board. In other words, if I was one of those judges who holds up the score after the figure skaters have completed their routine, mine would read, Score 4 out of 10.
For my review of Jackass-esque comedy Bad Trip you can click here.
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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