Mon | Dec 17, 2018

'Nobody's Fool' a cliche with chuckles

Published:Monday | December 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy/Gleaner Writer
Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg (centre), Tika Sumpter (left) and Tiffany Haddish in 'Nobody's Fool'.

It is the holiday season and, many people are finding themselves frustrated. As we surround ourselves with our loved ones, we also come into close contact with those in our families we don't necessarily love but, instead, tolerate. That's essentially the relationship between Danica, the no-nonsense businesswoman played by Tika Sumpter, and Tanya, the recently incarcerated wild card played by Tiffany Haddish, which is at the heart of Nobody's Fool. When Tanya is released from prison, she goes to stay with her straight-edge sister. As their worlds collide, they're forced to reconcile their differences in the pursuit of one common goal - fixing Danica's love life.

I'll say one thing about Nobody's Fool; it takes no time getting started. It makes sure you understand exactly the movie you're dealing with from the outset - largely because it resembles so many films that came before it. Danica is yet another character in a romantic comedy who struggles to find a man who fits her list of everything she wants in a partner. It's unbelievable that in 2018 there are still movies being made like this. Nobody's Fool almost seems like its a parody of the genre, but without any of the requisite cleverness.

 

SAME OLD, SAME OLD

 

Still, for what it is, it does manage to entertain. The movie tries to modernise the cliches by throwing in a subplot about Danica being catfished, a term which, here, means being wooed over the Internet by someone who doesn't actually exist, but the idea goes nowhere quickly. Eventually, the film devolves into the same old tired format we've come to expect.

At the end of the day, there are moments in Nobody's Fool that will certainly make you laugh. It won't stick with you for very long, but at the very least you'll enjoy your night out at the cinema. Tiffany Haddish carries every scene she's in and gives the movie some much-needed energy in it's flattest scenes. I'd recommend seeing the film at home with a few friends who know what they're in for - a film that's as light and fulfilling as the popcorn you watch it with.

Rating: Catch It On Cable