Jun 22, 2011

The Chaperone Review

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Premise:
Ray Bradstone (Triple H) is a former getaway driver who gets out of prison and falls right back into the same habits. He tries hard to reconnect with his daughter but winds up involving her in a getaway while posing as a chaperone for her field trip. Unfortunately Bradstone's "business partners" are hot on his tail along with the cops.


Standouts:
Triple H had all the makings of a great action star, clearly having evolved a great deal since Blade Trinity. Along with that, Kevin Corrigan is one of the best character-actors since Steve Buscemi. While Yeardly Smith (voice actress for Lisa Simpson) and the boyfriend of Bradstone's wife were good in their roles, the daughter left much to be desired. She had a great look for her role but definitely still has growing to do as an actress.

Other things that stood out to me were glaring plot-holes like a school that prides itself on being strict not doing a criminal background check on someone dealing with children. I also felt like scenes involving the detectives doing their police work to figure out the who/what/where/why/when were just empty filler.


My Highlights:
Ray Bradstone meeting his wife's new boyfriend, and any fight-scenes.


Overall Rating:
While this film had plenty of good action, a good story and a likeable characters, it had painfully bad dialog and far too much swearing for a family-film. Tie in the good cast vs. bad plot-holes and filler-scenes and this is an average film. It's nothing great overall but nothing terrible, which for WWE Films is pretty good. 3 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 7 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
Kids will enjoy it, but given the language (the action isn't too bad. Some blood but nothing too graphic) you may not want to show it to them. If you're a "cool parent" who doesn't mind exposing your kids to that, give it a rent sometime or watch it on Netflix Instant Watch. It's a film that folks of all ages can enjoy.

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