Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Review: "The Wrong Missy" is just another Happy Madison Netflix film

The Wrong Missy Review
There seems to be no ending in sight for the alliance between Happy Madison; the production company owned by Adam Sandler and Netflix. They've been pushing movies out every summer like clockwork for years now. They don't seem to be slowing down.

I just wish these releases were something to be celebrated rather than something that just kinda happens. All of the movies Happy Madison has released all kinda feel the same. When Sandler is doing something like "Uncut Gems" or "The Meyerowitz Stories," he's essentially making a series of the same stories over and over again. Even though it doesn't seem like he had much to do with this film in particular, you can still see the seeds from which this film grew from. 

David Spade plays Tim Morris. As the film opens Tim has a blind date with a girl named Melissa (Lauren Lapkus). Melissa goes by Missy and let's just say that she's...really strange. Her idea of breaking the ice is falsely describing herself so that Tim nearly gets beat up for trying to date another mans wife. She goes into the boys bathroom, she drinks obnoxiously. Tim never plans to see her again after the date. A few weeks later going on a business trip, he runs into a different Melissa played by Molly Sims. This new Melissa seems very normal, they have lots of common and they really hit it off. 

Tim gets Melissa's number at the airport and they begin texting. They continue to flirt and enjoy each other. Tim has a business retreat coming up in Hawaii. He's dreading it because not only is a promotion up for grabs but his ex-fiancee (Sarah Chalke) will be there. His friend, played by Nick Swanson, thinks Tim should invite Melissa he met at the airport. After some inner-debate he decides to. Here's the rub though, he never took Missy's phone number out of his phone and he's been accidentally texting Missy this whole time thinking its Melissa from the airport. So he didn't invite airport Melissa, he invited crazy Missy from that blind date. It's Missy who ends up going to the retreat with Tim.

The retreat ends up being so overtly wacky because Missy is so loopily out-of-control. If there is one reason to watch the movie on Netflix, its to watch Lauren Lapkus work. She's been in other things, she's been very good in other things. But what she does here overshadows the rest of her good resume. She really commits to the part here, and the results are hilariously crazy. David Spade is the usual David Spade. He's not bad here, he just doesn't do anything memorable. Possibly because he doesn't have much of a part to play.

Therein lies the problem. You know how this movie ends. Will Tim and Missy begin to eventually fall in love? Will Missy find out Tim's secret about the other Melissa? Will Tim in fact run into the other Melissa? Will Tim get that promotion from his incorrigible competition? (played by Sandler's own wife, Jackie Sandler?) You know the answers to these questions whether you realize it or not. This is nothing new and the movie doesn't really try to reinvent or even execute the material in a fresh or meaningful way.

So it does help quite a bit that there are many things to laugh at. I would say that I laughed much harder watching "The Lovebirds," another comedy on Netflix. So if you need laughs right now, that's probably the better go-to. If you've seen the other Happy Madison romantic comedies, you've seen "The Wrong Missy." Sadly, there isn't much to see here.

FINAL GRADE: C-

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