Weekend Movies — “Bourne” and “Bad Moms” panned, “Nerve” a closer call

jb1Actually, when you add up the notices, all three wide releases this weekend sit right on the cusp of widely endorsed.

The dislike is lukewarm, the endorsements likewise.

That goes for “Jason Bourne,” an all-chase, no character-development return to the franchise for Paul Greengrass (director) and Matt Damon (star).

It should make some money, though reviews won’t help it. Not at all.

“Bad Moms” has a likable cast that isn’t entirely at home delivering a mommy track “Hangover.” That sort of R-rated comedy requires more than an under-paid bit player’s nudity, a few joints and whippets and a lot of F-bombs.

You need tigers and Mike Tyson and humiliation. These ladies want to make nice, with their makeup and hair in place even in moments of wild abandon. Only Kathryn Hahn delivers the goods. Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell (to a lesser degree) lost their nerve and compromised the comedy.

Weak reviews for this one. But not beat-downs. It doesn’t quite come off.

“Nerve” has a killer premise — young people suckered into a privacy-stealing/life threatening online game through peer pressure, naivete and greed. And it’s got compatible co-stars — Emma Roberts (one more teenager, dear, that’s all you get) and Dave Franco. It works well enough It works well enough, and again, even the pans aren’t of the scorched earth variety.

“Bourne” could displace “Star Trek Beyond,” and “Bad Moms” could suck more audience away from “Ghostbusters.” In theory. If teens can put down their phones long enough, “Nerve” could do some business.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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