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  1. Not your blockbuster comedy, but one gag dealing with a shooting accident left me laughing till my face hurt. Almost as big a laugh as years ago in “Animal House” when I literally slid out of my seat.

    Robin Williams (Dan) leads the laughs with John Travolta (Charlie) assisting. The pair are marketing giants with the opportunity of a lifetime through sports marketing with a Japanese firm. The film depiction of Japanese businessmen is so unflattering that it will likely have a consequence with USA trade agreements in the future.

    In the meantime, Dan’s ex, Vicki (Kelly Preston-John Travolta’s real wife) whom he’d like a second chance with, arrives and after an auto trunk accident funny enough to spew theater drink through nostrils, he accepts the assignment of babysitting his twin children, age 7, that he didn’t know he fathered, while his ex is behind bars for chaining herself to a bulldozer and other social inappropriateness. All that’s in the dull part.

    The kids Zach & Emily (Ella Bleu Travolta-yes, J.T. real kid) make for the funny, slap-stick, get-your-belly-jiggling-humor because Dan has to move in with the kids with Charlie and neither know how to deal with kids. They try, and thus comes the calamity comedy. Their intern-level marketer employee (Seth Green) also gets into the act and has one of the funniest scenes of the film dealing with an amorous gorilla (not a spoiler since this scene has been used extensively as a marketing preview.)

    Summary: It is worth it. It gave my stomach laugh muscles a much needed workout and safe enough for the younger viewers too. Some will call it 5 stars.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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