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Even if the above factors were clicking on all cylinders, the wrong touch in the editing bay could sink the moment.
This ensemble film has a slight edge to compensate for its blaring score and comedic misfires.
There will be worse movies this year yet. But "A Happening" may take the 2018 prize for being the one with the faultiest instincts, and without a single genuine moment.
For a large cast of characters played by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the acting wasn't groundbreaking. But it definitely is charming...
Judy Greer assembled a monumental cast for her directing debut, A Happening of Monumental Proportions. Then she stranded her fellow actors with material that doesn't even begin to tap into their talents.
Seldom has so much name talent been assembled in the service of a film as wan and misguided as "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," a title that couldn't be less apt if it tried.
Greer certainly knows how to achieve attention through casting, and that's the only reason to sit through the increasingly unfocused endeavor.
Greer doesn't rewrite any rules, but though AHOMP might not be a crowning achievement, it's occasionally delightful, frequently funny, and good enough to make me look forward to what Greer will do next behind the camera.
Overstuffed, undercooked, contrived and tone deaf despite a talented cast.
Cue tonal misfires and a wealth of bumptious music.
The title is intentionally ironic, and yet still feels like a bad and desperately unfunny joke. The spectacular all-star cast holds their noses and gamely dives in anyway, for the sake of Judy Greer's directorial debut.
That's not to say it isn't well directed or funny in many instances, only that the material itself is dated, misguided, and mostly presented without any bearing on the over-arching narrative.
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