NEW YORK – "The Stepford Wives," "The Chronicles of Riddick" and "Garfield" hit theaters this weekend in today's Foxlight.
First, the good news. "The Stepford Wives" (search) is not as bad as you've heard. It's laugh-out-loud funny in lots of places, and most of those are where the filmmakers intended. Nicole Kidman can do no wrong. And Bette Midler and Roger Bart have all the great, funny and bitchy lines. Yes, the plot falls apart. Yes, it's obvious they re-shot a bunch of stuff. But when it's funny, I don't care, and this movie had me laughing from start to finish.
Next, Vin Diesel has his fans. And they will make "The Chronicles of Riddick," (search) the follow-up to "Pitch Black," a big hit no matter how "Riddick-ulous" the plot of this thing is. Depending on whom you listen to, this thing is either brilliant science fiction or incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo. No matter who is right, what's Dame Judi Dench doing slumming here?
Finally, this kitty is littering up the theater, according to most critics, who call "Garfield" (search) almost unwatchable. Me-ouch. Foxlight was suspicious when we heard Bill Murray wasn't doing any press for the film. Joel Siegel says kids shouldn't see this. That's bad when it's a kid's film.