Little wisdom in this Solomon

The Brothers Solomon

on September 07, 2007 by Chad Greene
Dean Solomon (Will Forte) can't understand why an otherwise enchanting evening came to a crashing halt when his blind date invited him in to meet her father—and Dean kissed him on the lips.

“Do you think I did something wrong?” Dean asks his even more socially awkward brother, John (Will Arnett), during a post-date debriefing at their apartment.

The answer to the character's question is obvious, as is the most fundamental thing that the Saturday Night Live cast member—who wrote the script—did wrong here. Like all-too-many SNL star vehicles, Forte's misconceived comedy—about a couple of boneheaded brothers who want to make a baby in the belief that the birth of a grandchild will awaken their father from a coma—miscarries because it attempts to stretch a single sketch's worth of material into a full-length film. Even the individual scenes drag on until the gags have been run into the ground—or fallen flat entirely.

As for what the studio did wrong, well, let's just say that whoever thought reuniting director Bob Odenkirk and actors Arnett and Chi McBride was a good idea after their Let's Go to Prison dropped the soap last year should consider another line of work.

It's bad enough that Odenkirk can't wring a single laugh out of cameos by funny folks like Jenna Fischer (TV's The Office ) or Bill Hader ( Superbad ), but it's simply astonishing how he squanders Kristin Wiig—who stole every scene she was in in Knocked Up . As Janine, the woman who responds to Dean and John's online ad for a surrogate mother with a demand for a $12,000 check, Wiig is given only a cardboard character to work with.

About the only thing that does work here is the soundtrack, which milks its collection of '80s pop ballads—particularly John Parr's “St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)”—for all the irony they're worth. Too bad neither Forte and Odenkirk's careers will be “flying higher and higher” after this groaner.
Distributor: Sony
Cast: Will Arnett, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Chi McBride, Malin Akerman and Lee Majors
Director: Bob Odenkirk
Screenwriter: Will Forte
Producers: Tom Werner and Matt Berenson
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R for language and sexual content
Running time: 93 min.
Release date: September 7, 2007
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