The third instalment in director Todd Phillips's money-spinning franchise played more like a dark, humourless action film (much like the equally disappointing part 2) than a compelling, guys-gone-wild comedy, according to critics.
It took a third attempt of half-baked characters, forced comedy, lack of a narrative, and an excessive amount of animal cruelty jokes to make people realise that the Wolfpack should have been put down after the first, unnecessary sequel, reports Yahoo Movies. It is seen as a case of big studios trying to cash in on an original good film's success.
Grown Ups 2
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James reunite for a second outing of ageing frat-boy comedy. Time magazine describes the film as:
"Four repulsive guys wandering around their hometown confronting the big themes of life: Urination, Defecation, Drooling, Bad Things Happening to Their Scrotums."
The film reportedly turned out to be a huge dud at the box office confirming the theory that sequels to an average film is a bad idea.
The producers of the film decided to not display the name of the film's director (M Night Shyamalan) during its pre-release publicity. The director who seemed to have lost his winning streak post the 2002 hit, Signs, was at the helm of this messy Smith family affair that lacked substance, pan critics. "With a seemingly interesting premise and Will Smith, the film showed promise. Unfortunately it also showed young Jaden Smith trying to be an action hero and the flattest performance Will has ever delivered," says Adam Pockross in a Yahoo Movies report.
This Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds starrer bombed at the box office. According to critics, the film was an expensive rehash of MIB-meets-Ghostbusters. As per The Guardian, Even Bridges who can usually be depended upon to elevate anything and everything, could not save this debacle that failed to engage and entertain.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The film's production standards are considered so bad, you can almost see the wires the witches are hanging from when they "fly" to create trouble with Hansel and Gretel (played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton). Yahoo Movies terms this film as a desperate attempt on the maker's part to capitalise on the current "giving-fairy-tales-a-dark-twist-trend".