On July 4th weekend, Saltstone Park brims with families eager to relax. At campsite 16, however, the Jones, Jones and Jonas families find that their campsite has been overbooked. What starts as a simple clerical error quickly spirals into a family feud fueled by the rivalry of three equally stubborn leaders: Jose, an affable but slovenly slacker; Franklin, a rising politician with a disdain for the outdoors; and Charlie, a goofy, alcoholic hairdresser. By way of porta-potty races and sexually-charged forest encounters, these determined families wage a ferocious war for the right to holiday fun.
What We Thought:
Mad Families is the classic “Could Have Been Funny, But Isn’t” comedy of today. I did laugh a couple of times, but I think I was laughing at the movie and not necessarily with it.
Three families, one black, one white, one Spanish arrive at the same campground for the Fourth of July. Two share the same last name, Jones. One is named Jonas. The park screwed up and all 3 families have to share the site. They decide to compete against one another to win the spot, but of course none of it goes according to plan.
The film is a by the numbers comedy without many laughs. There’s plenty of jokes about race, but not one is original. What do you call a black man in a 3 piece suit? The defendant. Pretty sure I heard that twenty years ago. The one black character is in love with the Spanish girl and man their daddies just won’t understand. Ugh.
The worst part is, it could have been funny if done right. Charlie Sheen can be funny. The sidekick character who was fantastic in Get Out is underused here. Clint Howard is in it as is Finesse Mitchell. It has people who can genuinely deliver a joke, but you must provide them with funny material in the first place. Even David Spade’s cameo felt forced.
David Spade co-wrote Mad Families with its director. The director has made some funny movies like Black Sheep and Dirty Work. I wish this was as funny as those, but they rely on clichés and stereotypes more than original humor. There’s a reason you’ve probably never heard of this, it’s not very good.
Cast & Crew:
- Charlie Sheen
- Leah Remini
- Naya Rivera
- Clint Howard
- Finesse Mitchell
- Efren Ramirez