'Funny' used to be the word that described Tim Allen. Now, I'm not so sure. Sure, he's only done Big Trouble and this one - Joe Somebody - since his hilarious hit Galaxy Quest, but two films is enough to say that a comedian has lost his groove.
Joe Somebody isn't an inherently bad film, but it's just ordinary, and ordinary isn't enough to cut it. Joe Somebody lays on the sap and avoids the comedy; though Santa Clause II is due out later this year, Tim Allen needs to be careful to avoid the path that Robin Williams has taken. Williams was doing great comedies until he fell into the sappy movies, and now has resorted to doing mainly serious films. Allen needs avoid the sap and maybe right one of his one films, to return to that "Home Improvement" glory.
Anyway, getting back on track, Joe Somebody just doesn't have what it takes. It is well made, but the script is boring. There is very little witty dialogue, and the story isn't all that funny, either. Allen pulls off a few jokes here and there, but much of it is physical jokes, like being whacked in the wiener or something along those lines. And it's definitely not as funny as "Home Improvement."
The ending is particularly cheesy and lame. The whole movie is based on a fight that never happens. Did I give away the ending? Yes. But are you going to stay awake until that time? Maybe, but only if you fast forward in a few parts.
Joe Somebody could have been a lot better had it been funny. And since Joe Somebody is a comedy, then that's a really bad thing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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