You can imagine that a germ of a seed for a script can then develop over time, crafted, tinkered with, until you get something great like Raging Bull.
And then you’ll have someone who no doubt came up with a cute title, and built a silly plot around it. And if you haven’t guessed it already, this is most definitely the latter.
Preparing for their special day are Owen (Adam Devine) and Parker (Nina Dobrev). Owen works as a bank manager, whereas Parker is a yoga instructor, and not, as Owen’s parents insist, a stripper.
Owen is busy prepping for the wedding when Parker gives him some good news; her parents Lilly (Ellen Barkin) and Billy (Pierce Brosnan), having initially been down as AWOL in the Amazon with some tribe, have resurfaced and confirmed they will be able to make the big day after all.
And soon after they do arrive on their doorstep, as Owen tries to make a good impression on the couple.
During their stay however, Owen’s bank gets robbed, by a duo known as the notorious “Ghost Bandits” who have been on quite a robbing spree. The thing is, as they were being robbed, Owen noticed something odd about them, with one of them even having a familiar scent that he only just smelt recently. And then it clicks – is it purely a coincidence or could his future in-laws really be the “Ghost Bandits”?
There’s a key element to the production of this film, which may be a strong indication as to whether or not it’s for you; it’s produced by Happy Madison, which was founded in 1999 by a certain Adam Sandler. It has been responsible for a number of broad comedies, many of which, unsurprisingly starring Sandler, include Mr Deeds, Grown Ups and the recent Murder Mystery 2. All of which means that you kind of know what you’re letting yourself in for with its definite brand of humour.
There is some good news, if you’re not a Sandler fan that is, with the fact he doesn’t feature in it. Taking the lead instead is Adam Levine, who’s been keeping good company with the riotous Edi Patterson in Danny McBride’s show The Righteous Gemstones. He does a great job in bringing the silliness of it all to the surface, with a talented supporting cast that includes Nina Dobrev, Ellen Barkin and Pierce Brosnan. Putting in a great comedy turn are also Julie Hagerty and Richard Kind who play his parents.
Its low brow humour is amusing enough, with a scattergun approach to its comedy: although broad, there’s enough of it flung at you, that the odds of at least some of it hitting you between the eyes is high. If nothing else, it has some very tiny dogs, as well as a nice gag aimed squarely at Mr Brosnan too.
It should also be pointed out that its surprisingly violent too, which you wouldn’t normally associate with a Happy Madison flick.
The Out-Laws then is a film that allows you to rest your brain cells, and indulge in pure silliness for its duration. It’s a little hit and miss, sure, but there are a few genuine laughs to be had when it does hit the target.