Easy-to-please viewers will derive a few light laughs from the twosome's new escapades, but the yocks
are a far cry from what auds expect from these actors or from helmer/co-writer Harold Ramis.
Wearing "heart" on its sleeve like a sailor's tattoo, poking at dumb-and-dumber formulas without braving full-blown Farrelly brothers-type yocks
, this slick mediocrity looks to be a mild B.
Also delivering the yocks
are a scene in which Austin, having knocked an electric plug out of his socket, must hide behind a peeing cherub fountain statue and somehow provide for the water effect himself in order not to be detected, and a behind-the-screen scene at a doctor's office that is hilarious despite being a total ripoff of the convulsive tent sequence in "The Spy Who Shagged Me.
Ballplayers could be forgiven for not sounding like Wildean quipsters, and Greenberg gets perhaps more mileage than is necessary from offering up during "Take Me Out" not one but two flat-out dimwits for ready-made audience yocks
Auds expecting wall-to-wall Rock yocks
may be mildly surprised by deadly serious opening scenes in Prague as CIA spook Gaylord Oakes (Hopkins) and top operative Kevin Pope (Rock) dicker with Adrik Vass (Peter Stormare), a Russian black-marketer.
Set, like helmer Pete Hewitt's "The Borrowers" (1997), in a kind of early-`60s English Never-Never Land, but less f/x heavy, pic never really extends its premise into a convincing, rounded entertainment after the initial yocks
have worn off.
Among national hopefuls, Mel Smith's British comedy "High Heels and Low Lifes" generated few yocks
in Blighty, while in Spain, tongue-in-cheek campus slasher "Tuno Negro" is shaping up as the first homegrown hit since April's "Torrente 2.
A steady stream of feature comedies -- ranging from "Keeping the Faith" to "Me, Myself & Irene" to "The Replacements" -- get yocks
by showing males getting hit in the groin.
Rando's knockabout approach to the production, though long on yocks
, is decidedly short on panache.
It gives De Niro plenty to work with, especially in this initial stretch, and he elicits quite a few yocks
as Vitti intimidates Sobel one moment and begs for help the next.