The Outlaws is a Netflix original action comedy directed by Tyler Spindel and produced by Adam Sandler’s company, Happy Madison.
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The Out-Laws review
- A funny James Bond reference
- Great cast
- Nonsensical jokes
- Annoying characters
The expectations were reasonably high because the film’s cast includes big names like Pierce Brosnan, Michael Rooker, and Richard Kind. Instead, we got a mildly entertaining, predictable, and very forgettable flick.
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Adam Devine stars as Owen, a bank manager about to marry his long-term fiance, Parker. While his quirky parents, Neil and Margie aren’t exactly pleased with his choice of fiance (no reason is ever given for their distaste of Parker), Owen is enjoying the happiest times in his life.
During the week before the wedding, Owen learns that the future in-laws he’s yet to meet, Billy and Lilly, are unexpectedly attending the nuptials. At first, our hero is beyond excited about finally meeting his bride-to-be’s parents, but all that changes when his bank gets robbed after a drunken night out with his new in-laws. He starts suspecting Billy and Lilly of being a pair of infamous bank robbers, known as the Ghost Bandits, but how can he possibly take his suspicions to Parker?
Complicating things further are an FBI agent obsessed with catching the Ghost Bandits, and Billy and Lilly’s former crime partner; the unhinged Rehan.
There are some genuinely funny moments, including a James Bond reference by Brosnan’s character. The action sequences are also quite fun to watch. And it’s hard to fault the performances from such a talented cast.
Among the film’s few saving graces are Brosnan and Barkin’s performances as the out-law couple and the small but hilarious cameo by Lauren Lapkus (known for Orange is The New Black).
But this is where the positives about The Out-Laws end.
Annoying characters and tired jokes
One of the main issues with this film is how incredibly annoying Devine’s character is. There’s absolutely nothing endearing about Owen or about anyone around him. By the time his fiance’s parents apear on screen, they seem normal and well-adjusted citizens compared to our lead. It’s unclear if that was the point.
There’s no one to root for, every character ranges from annoying to quirky to outright bizarre, making it impossible to relate to any of these people. Devine’s Owen was supposed to be the “normal” everyday man put in an extraordinary situation. Instead, he’s a very unlikable individual forced to work with more unlikable individuals, who are fighting against an extremely irritating villain.
The film features several outdated recurring crass jokes. Owen’s parents constantly call poor Parker a “stripper” when she is, in fact, a yoga teacher, everyone has a crush on Brosnan’s character, and there’s an ongoing orgy joke around Owen’s mother. Vulgarity has its place in films, but in this case, the so-called jokes aren’t clever, nor make much sense.
For a movie that’s only one hour and 37 minutes long, The Out-Laws feels never-ending. It takes far too long for anything interesting to happen, and the fun sequences are few and far between. The movie is just Adam Devine’’s character acting like an idiot. Owen is so annoyingly moronic that it’s almost unbelievable he could function and hold down any job, let alone a managerial role inside a bank.
It’s hard to recommend this film. While the premise is intriguing, the actual full feature is an endless parade of A-listers trying to make sense of the terrible script they’re forced to work with. The Out-Laws could have been a good movie, but it’s not.