Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
December 13, 2011
R-rated kiddie comedy? Sure, why not?
Kim Hollis: Jonah Hill's final movie as a funny fat man, The Sitter, opened to $9.9 million. Is this more, less or about what you expected for the R-rated comedy?
Bruce Hall: I don't want to be too hard on Jonah Hill. If I had famous friends, I'd probably accept roles in their movies, too. But I can't be the only one tired of seeing his face on one movie poster after another wearing the same vacant stare. I can't be the only one who is tired of seeing him play similar characters in one film after another. And I also can't be the only one who thinks he's not really that funny.
I'm not ready to diagnose America with a full blown case of Jonah Hill Fatigue (although MY bones are rife with it), but someone could at least quit slapping the same dumb facial expression on every one of his movie posters. Pixar can get away with it because they're Pixar. Jonah hill is probably a nice guy and I'm sure his parents love him very much. But he ain't no Pixar.
Brett Beach: It is not often I say this, and I am simply a test case of one, but I saw no trailers or ads for this anywhere, and I saw one poster at the mall last weekend when the wife and I went to see The Muppets. I was aware it was coming out on Friday and that it was opening "wide," but when I couldn't find an accurate screen count until late Friday, I figured it was being dumped. 2,800 screens is hardly being dumped, and in that respect, this is pitiful. But in the context of New Year's Day's opening, and that this came closer than anyone could have imagined to being #1 (kind of like The Gate almost unseating Ishtar way back in the day), this opening is a victory and then some, even if it tumbles out of the top 10 by Christmas Day.
And on a final note: David Gordon Green - please give the R-rated stoner comedies a rest for a while. Those of us who still swoon over George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Undertow would appreciate it. End of rant.
Max Braden: It's not up to Bad Teacher's numbers ($31 million opening weekend in June), but I'd say Diaz is a bigger name and has a *little* more sex appeal. I'm trying to think of another star who could have replaced Hill to have pushed this any higher and I can't think of one that would have worked. If Hill took the Bad Babysitter so The Rock wouldn't have to, that's possibly a win for everyone. There was never any chance that this was going to be better than Adventures in Babysitting or Uncle Buck anyway.
Jim Van Nest: I'm with Brett. I've never heard of this movie. I still haven't seen a trailer or commercial for it and I haven't even seen a poster. I guess the answer to "If a movie opens and no one's heard of it, will hey still go?" is a resounding "No."