Friday, September 22, 2017

Movie Review: "Naked" (2017)

Director: Michael Tiddes
Year: 2017
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

On his wedding day, a man wakes up naked in an elevator and must proceed to live the following hour over and over again until he gets it right.

Iiiiiiiiit's "Groundhog Day"!......or "Groundhog Hour"?

"Naked" is the latest film from director Michael Tiddes, who is known for making movies like "A Haunted House," "A Haunted House 2," and "Fifty Shades of Black." As you can see, Tiddes like Marlon Wayans, or maybe it's the other way around. Either way, they work together frequently. Wayans plays Rob Anderson, a substitute teacher who is about to marry a doctor named Megan, played by Regina Hall. On the morning of their wedding, Rob wakes up naked in an elevator unsure of how he got there. After an hour, he wakes up in the elevator again, forced to relive the same hour of his life over and over until he gets his wedding day perfect. Wow, what a totally original concept.

On the surface, "Naked" may seem like it's a "The Hangover" meets "Groundhog Day" rip-off, but it is actually a remake of a Swedish film called "Naken," which came out before "The Hangover" but after "Groundhog Day." Unfortunately, like many of Marlon Wayans' more recent projects, this winds up being almost completely unfunny. For the most part, this is a one-joke flick that is played over and over for laughs, much like Rob's wedding day. A man wakes up naked, must find clothes, and has to get to his wedding, but must go through a bunch of zany circumstances over and over until he reaches the altar and settles things in the proper manner. The concept wears thin really quickly. By the second run through of Rob's hour, we found ourselves incredibly bored with the characters, the formula, and the film in general. The repetitive nature of the story makes the pacing drag and drag and drag and drag and drag. This is a short movie but manages it feels unbearably long when couples with annoying side characters and subpar acting. The humor is not clever and not witty, usually resorting to the lowest hanging fruit possible like jokes about how a woman's vagina smells. "Naked" may hope to redeem itself with a sappy feel-good ending, but by the time it finally arrives, we were already done caring and halfway asleep. Regina Hall deserves better than this try-hard mess.
My Rating: 1.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 1.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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