R.I.P.D

There are a lot of things to love about RIPD, it is an awesome concept (there is a police force manned by the dead…), they went all out fun with it, rather than taking it all dark and brooding, which would have made the slightly (very) questionable CG all the more incongruous, the plot moves along at about seven or eight million smiles an hour so you don’t really have time to think about how dumb it is too much, and about half way through Jeff Bridges utters this line “made love to my skull…do you know what that is called?!”. The movie is worth it for that line alone. They really pushed the limits of the PG-13 rating. If you don’t find that funny though, too mature or something, then you’ll probably join the many many people who dislike RIPD. It is not a very popular movie. I can see why people didn’t like it. It never quite lives up to the promise of its premise, the whole thing is
unquestionably stupid and its got Ryan Reynolds in it. And he keeps his shirt on (that was a genuine complaint on one of the many disparaging reviews). But is has Kevin Bacon as a really really ridiculous villain and Jeff Bridges doing some of the most fun scenery chewing I have seen in a long while. He even sings a sad song when he is down. I really can’t see how you could hate this move. Maybe it is because doing anything but pretend to hate it is to have to admit that “it made love to my skull” makes you laugh.

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