That Guy Who Was in That Thing with Mr. Peabody & Sherman Archer

That Guy Who Was in That Thing, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and the first five seasons of Archer are currently available on instant Netflix

Archer

 

Archer (2009-14) – Rated TV-MA

Suave, sophisticated spy Archer may have the coolest gadgets, but he still has issues when it comes to dealing with his boss, who is also his mother.”

Jenny and I binged on fifth season Archer before moving on to the very disappointing third season of House of Cards. Fifth season Archer has a completely different setting. This time the members of ISIS have become impromptu drug dealers. Other than that, you have pretty much the same cast and jokes (although they appear to have left out my favorite, “this is why we have ants”).

So it is slightly disappointing in that much is recycled but still quite funny (and offensive for those of delicate sensibilities). An enjoyable, albeit forgettable, time was had by all.

That Guy

 

That Guy…Who Was in That Thing (2012) – Rated TV-14

Sixteen male actors — who are highly recognizable but not stars — detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood.”

Speaking of forgettable, That Guy…Who Was in That Thing is the story of sixteen hardworking actors where you’ll recognize them but probably won’t know their names. It is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of those who have been successful without having ‘made’ it.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) – Rated PG

Resurrected from the 1960s animated series “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” canine genius Mr. Peabody and young Sherman take a dizzying ride through time.

I like to change up what I’m watching with my granddaughter from time to time. She can watch the same thing a near infinite number of times but I need a bit of variety. Taking a bit of a break from The PowerPuff Girls and The Octonauts, we watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman. She seemed fine with it as one of the two main characters is a dog.

I thought it was dreadful drek. It is not at all in the spirit of the original. Say goodbye to the goofy, clever humor of the original and hello to factory made cinema.

This is clearly a children’s movie (as it is about two 7-year-olds and a dog) and is even rated PG. Yet we have the typically evil social worker trying to break up the family. We also have a visit to France during the Terror, i.e. when the backlog of executions necessitated the manufacture of a faster method of execution, Le Guillotine. The children also manage to cause the death of one of the main characters.

Rather than crib from the original show, the writers appear to have borrowed their bits from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. There is supposed to be a heartwarming message at the center of this that a dog can be a proper parent. So much so that they hammer it into us again and again.

Bleh! Avoid this and don’t let your children see it either.