So if you decide to see it, make your own judgment. Things go wrong almost immediately. His lighter presence matches up with the tone of the movie and makes it seem. He retires so he can marry Gillian, a divorced single mom who is looking for someone reliable. The negative reviews I read before seeing it prepared me to expect the worst. Or Chuck Norris, the Rock or God help us, Burt Reynolds relate to kids? Who are they writing to? Trouble is, she has three cantankerous kids, Fallan Madeleine Carroll , Ian and Nora.
The kids act a little more like real kids than Hollywood Central Casting pods. I actually laughed more than a few times, which surprised me. Whenever he arrives at their house, they find ways to humiliate him. One of Gillian's kids downloads some top secret stuff off Bob's computer and before you can say Boris and Natasha some evil Russians are in hot pursuit. Vin, Hulk, Chuck, Burt and the rest, these guys play characters that you know would much rather be killing, crushing or sleeping with the enemy. Don't even start with me about Hulk Hogan. Bob is saddened but resolves to win the kids and his girl friend over.
I think you need to stay away from kids' films. His character seems like a genuinely nice guy who wants to get along with the mandatory bratty kids. In truth, Bob has fallen in love with a beautiful divorcée, Gillian Amber Valletta and wants to marry her. Especially beautiful is the suburban home where Gillian's family lives. The rest of the cast, including Carroll, Cyrus, Lopez, and the others, are great, too.
For some reason many action stars have supplemented their income by appearing in movies with kids. Maybe they have to pay alimony to 4 or 5 ex-wives. Most seriously, Ian downloaded a secret file from Bob's computer and now the Russian badguys are after them!. You know, I'm not going to spend time trying to justify why I liked it, laughed at the corny scenes and dialog, slapstick, etc. Gillian suddenly leaves to visit her father in the hospital and leaves Bob to take care of her step-daughter, Farren, and her two kids, Ian and Nora, who all despise him, and start plotting to get rid of him.
Does anyone honestly want to see Vin Diesel try to relate to kids? As long as you realize going in that this is just very light family entertainment I think you'll be pleased. And like I said, it works because Jackie Chan doesn't seem shoe-horned into the role. The action is lighter than most Chan movies but it is inventive and fun. Those expecting a modern cinematic classic via Jackie Chan bringing them to standing applause. Bob takes the Nora shopping for clothes for Halloween, while the other two are at school, and she tries to run away, but Bob quickly retrieves her. Maybe they're getting too old to keep up with the pace of a full-on action movie.
Maybe they are trying to widen their appeal from the hardcore action audience to the family friendly scene. This one is a little better. During Santa with Muscles I was terrified that he might not see a few of the kids and accidentally step on them. Bob can't cook breakfasts the kids will eat, he has trouble stopping squabbles and he finds bedtime rules are difficult to enforce. And these attempts almost always suck.
His inventive martial arts movements are mirthful, too. What's wrong with that, Mr. It has a fine story, a zippy direction, a lot of action, and a nice cast. After all, as Bob says, he has brought down dictators so he can certainly deal with three kids. Chan is, as always, a wonderfully comic performer whose smile can light up the world. Bob and Gillian then start dating but Bob feels he should tell Gillian about his job.
All in all, everyone in the family will spy a winner here, during a showing, and be pleased as punch when the credits roll at film's end. Can Bob manage to dodge bullets as he carpools the kiddies to school? Then, luckily, hi jinx ensue. As for the settings, costumes, and production values, they are of the top-shelf variety. I don't know why they do it, but it's almost becoming mandatory for these guys to take on a kid or three as a side-kick and attempt to blend action and family fare. Chan doesn't have that problem because of the types of characters he often plays. This is a cute family film that should please almost everyone. When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.
The youngest kid in particular seems like real 4 year old, goofy and light hearted. Suffice to say, these movies might help a star's sagging income, but they're usually a mediocre compromise between two often disparate genres at best. . . . . .
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