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Stretch (2014)

Director:
Joe Carnahan
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Stretch
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
Jason Blum
Screenwriter:
Joe Carnahan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Stretch Patrick Wilson
Karos Chris Pine
Karl Ed Helms
Charlie Jessica Alba
Laurent James Badge Dale
Candace Brooklyn Decker
Themselves Ray Liotta
David Hasselhoff
Norman Reedus
Shaun White

 

Review

If this downward spiral of a stylized action-comedy is able to stretch (pun intended) your imagination, I'm quite sure the filmmakers feel they have succeeded in their task. Writer/director Joe Carnahan makes a film in the mold of such semi-groundbreaking movies as Kuffs; which is to say that he includes several "cool" tricks such as breaking the fourth wall, having the ghost of a sidekick appear from time to time, and populating his film with several stars parodying themselves in cameos. The advantage is that this distracts us from needing to react emotionally to the actual situations and drama presented; the disadvantage that it reduces the film to an essential self-mockery, which makes or breaks on whether or not it is fun enough and can keep our attention. Stretch is simple, whacky, undemanding entertainment, and I'll be darned if there isn't a couple of semi-brilliantly written scenes as well, including one about the retrieval of a suitcase.

Copyright 11.5.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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