In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Home,' 'Get Hard' and More
Read what THR's critics are saying about the Ben Stiller dramedy 'While We're Young' and the Jennifer Lawrence-Bradley Cooper drama 'Serena.'
A nomadic alien, a sheltered millionaire and a bored couple are heading to theaters this weekend with the releases of Home, Get Hard and While We're Young.
Find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend's box office).
An alien flees his planet and befriends a rebellious girl in director Tim Johnson's animated film. Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez provide voices. THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen writes in his review that the filmmakers "keep the action humming along and the amusing bits reasonably entertaining, but they can’t vanquish the prevailing feeling of deja vu."
Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson and Alison Brie star in director Etan Cohen's comedy about a white millionaire who's charged with fraud and turns to a black acquaintance to prepare him for prison. "Aiming low in a way that will scare off some of Ferrell's fair-weather fans, the pic is unimaginative but does a good enough job to please the rest of them," writes THR film critic John DeFore in his review.
While We're Young
Director Noah Baumbach's dramedy stars Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried in the story of a middle-aged couple who gain newfound vigor after they befriend a much younger couple. According to THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy's review, the film is "mostly engaging but only fitfully inspired" and "is neither sufficiently funny nor emotionally involving to engage a [broad] audience."
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Rhys Ifans star in director Susanne Bier's drama, which centers on a timber baron's complicated marriage. "Serena only has one key flaw: It is difficult to believe a single word of it, still less to care about these relentlessly selfish and short-sighted characters," writes THR film critic Stephen Dalton, who points out that the film features "easy screen chemistry between Lawrence and Cooper." Read his full review here.