Movie Of The Day: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

A crime comedy directed by Sam Weisman (Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star), What’s The Worst That Could Happen? stars Martin Lawrence (College Road Trip) and Danny DeVito (FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), along with John Leguizamo (The Happening), Carmen Ejogo (NBC’s Kidnapped), the late Bernie Mac (Transformers) and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight). It is based on a novel by Donald E. Westlake (Payback), which was adapted by Matthew Chapman (Runaway Jury).

Lawrence plays a thief who fails to successfully rob a billionaire’s beach house, as said billionaire, played by Danny DeVito, was there. The billionaire then steals the thief’s lucky ring, which was just given to him by his girlfriend (Ejogo). Since the billionaire refuses to give back the ring, the thief vows to make his life miserable by embarassing him in front of his peers and robbing him again, and again, and again…and again. Trailer and review after the jump.

Ironically, I started watching What’s The Worst… expecting just that, the worst (but then, who wouldn’t at the thought of a Martin Lawrence movie not co-starring Will Smith and not directed by Michael Bay?). And while …The Worst… thankfully wasn’t the worst, it certainly wasn’t good either. The film is harmless, thankfully free of gross humor, but unfortunately bereft of any humor whatsoever. Indeed, the movie wasn’t capable of inducing a single smile in me, let alone a spurt of laughter…

In short this is a wasted effort from all those involved (they didn’t even make their money back), and it’s a shame to see so many talented actors in such an unengaging film. My personal advice: save your time, save your money, and skip it…unless, you know, you’re really into Martin Lawrence.

Verdict: Watchable, but mediocre. What’s The Worst That Could Happen? currently holds a 5/10 on IMDB and an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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