Thursday, March 17, 2011
Movie Review # 17 The Chaperone (2011)
Director: Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
Writer: S.J. Roth
Paul "Triple H" Levesque (Blade: Trinity, WWE)
Yeardly Smith (The Simpsons, Maxium Overdrive)
Kevin Corrigan (Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Departed)
Rotten Tomatoes: 25% Fresh Reviewers 51% Fresh Audience http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_chaperone/
IMDB: 4.1/10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663187/
Netflix: 3.9 Stars
I do not know what it is about WWE production movies. But I seem to enjoy them. The Chaperone which stars Triple H as Ray "Ray" Bradstone is an ex-con who spent the last 7 years in prison trying to get to know his teenage daugter. All the while he has his past haunting him through out the film. It is honestly a bit of cat and mouse and often juvienile in its approach to things.
Especially at the end but hey if we can put disbelief that wrestling is not staged then you can with this film. At no point do you see this other than what it is. A good and fun movie to watch with the kids. Triple H does an admirable and at times amazing job in acting. As much as I love Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin both whom have branched out to acting. They do not hold a candle to Triple H as he can honestly really act. The only other one who showed this kind of talent on screen is the "Big Show" Paul Wright in Knucklehead.
Which honestly was the funniest movies I have seen in years. Sadly I saw it before I started this blog and won't be writing about it. Now back to The Chaperone it is a happy go lucky film. Where good triumphs over evil and is filled with more cliche's about cops and robbers than you can imagine. But I honestly could not stop watching it. Maybe I long for sugary coated movies that are just silly enough to make me laugh. But so overly done that they make me sick.
That or I just enjoy movies that have a heart and pulse. Like this one does. It is not amazing nor is it terrible it lies in that middle ground that proves that B-Movies are not always terrible. But sometimes surprisingly good despite what IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes saying that this is terrible. So give it a shot especially if you are a wrestling fan or just a fanatic for Triple H.
My rating 3.5/5 Stars
Trailer for the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKZfReufnzw&playnext=1&list=PL067CA3510B810C26