My biggest complaint about the worst of the Happy Madison movies, especially those on Netflix since Adam Sandler moved from a theatrical star to a streaming one, is that they’re often just depressingly lazy. Easy set-ups, easy jokes, barely a plot, zero visual style, etc. There’s a number of that round the edges of the newest Netflix HM Original, “The Wrong Missy Full Movie,” but there’s also the foremost committed and intense performance during a ny of those movies in a while , and doubtless ever since they moved to Netflix. an excessive amount of of the humor in “The Wrong Missy Full Movie” seems like the primary draft of a freshman comedy writing class, and therefore the supporting cast is crammed with lazy performances of individuals just trying to urge a ticket for the laziest HM “Vacation Comedy,” on the opposite hand there’s Lauren Lapkus, throwing herself into every scene with zero fear and an enticing sense of comedic insanity. It’s almost a shame that the film overall isn’t better which David Spade doesn’t give half the trouble of his co-star—Lapkus is simply ok to point out how this movie could have worked.
“The Wrong Missy Full Movie” opens with a horrible blind date between Lakpus’ Melissa and Spade’s Tim. he’s a comparatively plain guy. He watches “The Affair,” reads James Patterson, and listens to Phil Collins. (This movie has the weirdest popular culture drops.) Missy, on the other hand, is borderline terrifying. She talks about sex openly, dips her hair in her wine before sucking thereon , and carries around a knife she calls Sheila. She is that the anti-Tim. He has got to flee the scene by browsing the toilet window, hoping he never sees her again.
Not long after, Tim is at the airport, where he features a meet-cute involving mixed-up luggage with … await it … another Melissa (Molly Sims). the 2 have everything in common and find yourself during a janitor’s closet before her flight pulls her away. Tim gets up the courage to ask this Melissa on a visit to Hawaii on a company get back impress the new boss. Guess which Melissa he texts accidentally instead?
It’s long been clear that Happy Madison and company build their projects around where the cast and their families desire happening vacation, and this one allows regulars like Spade, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, and Jackie Sandler to hold out under the gorgeous sun of Hawaii. Of course, it’s really a series of opportunities for Missy to embarrass Tim, but Lapkus goes well beyond your standard “annoying date” trope and walks away with every single scene she’s in. The writing often misses its mark, but there’s Lapkus keeping viewers interested through most of its worst moments (although a scene during which she vomits into a shark cage is best forgotten by all involved).
If Tim felt like even remotely a true person rather than blank second banana for his co-star, there could are a movie here. But Spade phones everything in, barely mustering an expression much less giving anything to his partner in terms of comic timing. and therefore the film has that bland, TV movie look of numerous of those projects. It almost feels sometimes like Lapkus is simply interrupting a vacation movie of other actors. It’s like nobody sent her the memo that she didn’t need to try so hard.
And, of course, “The Wrong Missy Full Movie” progresses down incredibly predictable paths in terms of plot. Of course, Missy goes to try to to some good and win Tim over. this is not a cheerful Madison movie if she’s awful from front to back and literally destroys Tim’s life, although that might almost certainly be a far better one. Imagine if the team here had the courage to form Missy a very unhinged character a la real dark comedies like “The Cable Guy” rather than someone who is clearly getting to win everyone over by the top and join their bland parade. Instead, what we’ve may be a movie a few wild card surrounded by blank slates that asks us to hate her until the movie changes its mind. From the start , even when she’s wielding a knife and climbing under bathroom stalls, you can’t help but think she could do better than Tim. And Lapkus could do better than this movie.