As with the equally rotten Rough Night, the makers of this execrable piece of stupidity have put as much imagination and thought into the title as they have into its brainless script.
Its stars, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, really are capable of much better than this, and neither of them appears to be doing anything more than going through the motions. Scott and Kate Johansen (Ferrell and Poehler) are confronted with the problem of paying for daughter Alex’s (Ryan Simpkins) college education. Because the town’s mayor, Bob (Nick Kroll), has embezzled the scholarship money that was meant to be awarded to Alex, Scott and Amy are convinced by their stoner neighbour, Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), that they should join him in running an illegal casino from his house (out of the goodness of his heart, he is prepared to split the profits?). The scenario is idiotic, but more baffling is the time jump that is made between the expression of the idea and the presentation of gaudily lit crap tables and roulette wheels etc as a fait accompli, without any build-up.
There are countless disconnected scenes, all of them written, you suspect, to present a comic routine – the most banal of them has Scott and Amy walking home plastered. They reach their house, where Alex is upstairs smoking a bong with her friends (admittedly, it is a relief that mainstream movies are prepared to concede that most teenagers do pot and that there is nothing wrong with that), but then Kate drops her shorts because she needs to pee on the lawn… fair enough, it’s ‘out there’ (like, who hasn’t peed on the lawn?), but nothing comes out – there is no stream of urine. You are supposed to be laughing at an outrageous act in which nothing happens. It is so bogus. It’s a dreadful film, with an unacceptable presentation of violence as fun that plays the ‘we are so bad’ card to bogans who want to be ‘crazy’ but are addicted to the mall. That’s entertainment.