You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— From “A Majority of One” to “Annie Hall” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, there are wonderful comedies celebrating and satirizing our ethnic differences.READ MORE: San Jose Murder Suspect Arrested In Modesto; Charged With Slaying Estranged Wife
Jonathan Tropper’s novel (he also wrote this screenplay) is about a Jewish family sitting shiva (mourning) for the patriarch. There are some fine actors and actresses playing this dysfunctional family forced together including; Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jan Fonda, and Adam Driver.
Unfortunately there’s a feeling of sitcom silly everywhere, contrived, we know everything that will happen to the pugnacious siblings. The director Shawn Levy dumbs us down to a Kardashian level.READ MORE: Facebook Changing Corporate Name To Meta
All the Jewish wit is taken away except a funny running joke about a young rabbi. He needs his own movie. Many people are looking for a fun film right now. I wish this one was better.
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