(October 8, 2017) Original
October 13, 2017
From IMDb: “An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.”
Poster Rating: C- / C- (3)
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Review: (#1) Sometimes, being too simple doesn’t work well. This design feels antiquated and old-timey without the urgency of time and place. (#2-#4) These individual posters take a cue from the prior design, but never try to create something new or unique.
Trailer Rating: C / B
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Review: (#1) The first trailer focuses on Adam Sandler singing a little ditty to remind his father of an old failing in that familial-ribbing kind of way. It’s neither an interesting nor a compelling scene and only makes the film frustrating. (#2) The second trailer does a far better job giving us an idea of the comedy on display and reminds us of Wes Anderson films like The Royal Tenenbaums without the depth of character. The running motif is interesting, but inconsequential.
Early reviews were strong, but Netflix has struggled mightily to earn the Academy’s respect and with such an early release, buzz has faded enough to make this an unlikely player.