There are woefully painfully few laughs in this disjointed comedy, and despite Courteney Cox's buoyant presence, the film never navigates a coherent wavelength. The jokes become depressing very quickly, particularly those about homelessness and mental illness, not necessarily knee-slapper material in the first place. Much of the problem is the unlikely casting of disheveled, bearded, chain-smoking Vincent Gallo as a popular talk show host. He plays it too seriously morose, and worse, he's given free rein to improvise. Writer/director Justin McCarthy seems easily manipulated by his Method acting leading man, who no doubt knows he's wrong for the part but seems intent on playing it anyway. No one looks comfortable save for Jeffrey Tambor, who starred in the somewhat similarly themed The Larry Sanders Show.
by Buzz McClain review