Put this on the weekend because my eldest child craves novelty and foolishly picked this over Jessie Plemmons playing a screaming German prince in Jungle Cruise.
I am a big fan of the original and had no expectations of this being good, but even by that low bar I was pretty amazed at how bad it was (I should admit I didn’t see large chunks of it but I honestly don’t think that matters).
The main issue is that in the original, the Wet Bandits are good villains. They’re funny but they also have an edge, and as the animosity builds with Kevin, the resulting violence is a satisfying and earned conclusion that you cheer on.
In this however, the set up is completely changed. The “villains” - Rob Delaney and Ellie Kemper - aren’t burglars, they’re down on their luck parents who are being forced to sell their beloved home and move their kids to avoid bankruptcy. They realise they have a lifeline in the shape of an antique doll they have inherited, which they realise is worth a fortune.
However, due to plot mechanics, they assume, quite reasonably, that the objectionable kid at the heart of the film has stolen the doll. What follows is a farce where they try to retrieve it, resulting in them breaking into his house to find it.
So instead of a plucky kid defending his home from violent criminals, you have this wealthy brat is his mansion abusing two desperate people at the end of their tether who want nothing to do with him.
Add to that a general SNL snarkiness to the whole vibe, and it’s a disaster.
I saw Delaney get asked point blank why he agreed to do it and he said he had his doubts but the script won him over and he urged people to approach it with an open mind. He is lying, and I hope he was well compensated for his efforts.