Starring: Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Barkin, Pierce Brosnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richard Kind, Julie Hagerty, Lil Rel Howery, and Michael Rooker
Director: Tyler Spindel
While there are enough amusing one-liners, roguish Pierce Brosnan charm, and light heist elements to keep The Out-Laws mildly entertaining, it’s nothing more than another forgettable Netflix Original. For better or worse, it feels so much like a typical Kevin Hart comedy (buttoned-up, always-plays-it-safe nice guy is forced to do something dangerous) that I wouldn’t be surprised if he was offered it before Adam DeVine. Except, as tiring as Hart’s schtick has become playing this same type of character again and again, DeVine just doesn’t pull it off quite as well. Still, there are worse things to have on in the background while folding laundry.
You'd be justified in not expecting much from a Happy Madison Netflix film, but as this one is filled with actors I've always liked (Pierce Brosnan, Michael Rooker, Lil Rel Howery), I had hopes it would turn out okay. I was mistaken. Adam DeVine's schtick has never really worked for me, so that didn't help matters, but the main issue is that the script (the dialogue specifically) just isn't very funny. The general plot and talent involved brought potential, but both are wasted, sadly. What could have been a fun comedy becomes another inoffensive and forgettable Netflix entry that is destined to become background noise.