Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you're all relaxing and are safe and healthy. With holiday decorations being so extra and sparkly, it's fitting to review a film today that is also very extra and sparkly.
Fizzling Broadway stars Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) want to rehab their image after being called out for being narcissists. They team up with forever chorus girl Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) to look for a cause and on Twitter they see a PTA in small town Indiana canceled prom because a lesbian student, Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman) wanted to take her girlfriend. They decide to go to Indiana to insert themselves into the situation and bring a little acceptance to the bigoted town.
I want you to imagine having access to every single man on Broadway then still choosing to cast James Corden. I thought Hugh Grant in The Gentleman was the biggest example of an actor trying to sabotage a movie this year, but Corden is unbearably bad and so miscast. This was impossible for me to ignore and every time he was on screen it brought the film down.
As a musical, I liked when Emma was on screen. Pellman is a wonderful singer and the most emotional bits of the film were her and her girlfriend, Alyssa. (Ariana DeBose) They made me tear up a little. I also enjoyed Kegan Michael Key as the understanding principle the song about cherry picking the bible was amusing.
Wonderful message aside, parts of the film did feel a bit phony and Corden just brings the film crashing down every time he's on screen. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye on what Pellman and DeBose do next.
Memorable Quote: "Note to self, don't be gay in Indiana." - Emma (Jo Ellen Pellman)