Zero Percent Score – Gotti Gets a Goose Egg on Rotten Tomatoes

Gotti has been out a few weeks now, and all the reviews have trickled in (including ours)…and the John Travolta crime mob vehicle, written to document the rise and fall of a famous Gotti family, fails in almost every way.

I say almost, because Travolta really does a great job in his acting choices as the infamous Gotti himself. He throws himself into the role without reservation. He’s probably the only reason to see this film, because its so poorly written, directed, and stands out by way of general filmatic awfulness. Bummer.

Such a bummer, in fact, that aggregator Rotten Tomatoes awards it a rare and uncoveted ZERO rating/score. This means not one of the submitted reviews for Gotti are positive. To be honest, the movie sucks, and everyone knows it.

To be clear, this is the critic score. Audiences gave it a half mast salute at 59%. There’s often a divide between critic and audience scores (remember the furor over The Last Jedi?)… but this audience approval rating is still in the C+ area — not exactly a show of rousing support.

A zero rating, though? This is unfortunately not the first time Travolta has to suffered such ignominy. He’s had goose eggs from Staying Alive , the tepid sequel to Saturday Night Fever, and the really silly Look Who’s Talking Now (the one with the dogs).  These films have a zip rating (the links above go right to the proof). These movies aren’t just bad — they are officially scored as abysmal!

It’s unfortunate, as Travolta CAN act. He had a nice comeback with the iconic Pulp Fiction, and the cutely pleasant original Look Who’s Talking. I think his problem is accepting poorly made scripts. That might be his weak spot; I can also think of a few movies he’s done that are kind of embarrassing (ie, Battlefield Earth, ouch!).

There are entire posts on the web, devoted to listing Travolta’s worst movie choices:

The Five Worst John Travolta Movie Roles of His Career

The Top 20 Worst Movies Starring John Travolta

So, should you see Gotti? If you’re a keen historian of the Gotti mob family, then maybe. But don’t pay money to see it in the theater. You’ll be able to stream it soon enough, and will have the benefit of stopping the show and doing something else if you find it as muddled and sloppy as we did.

Read RunPee’s brief but honest review of Gotti.

If you like stories about the Mafia, try these books instead:

 

 

Movie Review — Superfly (2018)

 Superfly is a very talky movie, interspersed with people shooting each other, and lots of blood blossoming on fancy white outfits. There’s not a single character to root for — everyone is corrupt, either selling drugs or profiteering off those selling the drugs.

There are, however, some great outfits, good hair, a fine soundtrack, and an interesting updated version of the old 1970s Blaxploitation films.

I’ll say this before bed tonite: if you like the black drug culture genre, or gangster movies in general, you’ll appreciate this modern reboot and the very attractive people in it.

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UPDATE: Thursday June 21:

Here are some thoughts from a friend who knows more about those 70s blaxploitation films than I.

Volunteer RunPee photographer Ola Sojobi says: “Yeah, I liked Superfly. It was a fun, action-packed gangster movie set in Atlanta, so there was the fun of an organized crime movie with an insight to Atlanta culture added on top of it. The characters were more compelling than I expected of a Superfly reboot, and the actors portrayed them well.” Sojobi goes on to say, “I’m not saying it was Oscar-winning character or plot development, but overall, I think it was as good a time as one would have watching most any other gangster film.”

As for me: I thought it would be campy, snappy/silly fun, and stylish. I got the stylish parts right. But it was also about a LOT of cocaine, many bricks of it, with characters snorting it, and some soft porn-ish shower sex (that’s a Peetime, if you don’t  like sex scenes, BTW), and one extremely creepy machine that one character goes into, screaming, until the nightmarish ‘suction sounds’ come on, and viscous red fluids comes snaking out, through some tubes and into a vat. I think he’s been rendered alive into various components.

My thinking: WTF did I just see?

I can’t unsee this, and it’s been literally keeping me awake for three nights now. Between my insomnia and weak stomach for violence, I want to say I hated this mean-spirited movie from start to finish.

On that, Sojobi adds,”Every gangster movie has to have at least one gnarly scene like that. Sort of like the horse head in the Godfather, maybe?”

As we try to grade movies by the target audience, I could see people approved of the rebooted Superfly. So I will give it a B-, add my violence-trigger caveats, and leave it at that. Now you get to choose. Please give this movie your poll ratings on the app.

NOTE: That blood vat torture scene is NOT a Peetime, since it’s at the very end in an R rated movie that had been uniformly violent throughout – do you think it requires a “Questionable Content Alert”, even so? That’s a new thing we are adding to the next RunPee update, out very soon.

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Here are the originals of the 70s Superfly films:

RunPee Meta: 

I’ve given you 3 Peetimes: 2 have simple conversation that’s easy to sum up, and one has 5 minutes of steamy shower sex and no plot. Choose according to your interests. 

Movie Review – Gotti

This movie was a muddled mess. This biographic piece couldn’t quite pick up steam or really even figure out what it wanted to be. I was waiting for the big moment but there was none. It was just two hours of a lot of names thrown at you, never fully explaining anything. On a positive note, John Travolta was great. He did an amazing job; his mannerisms and speech was spot on.

They also did a really good job of setting the ambiance of the time. I was a little disappointed that I pretty much knew all of what happened. I thought for sure there would be some new information given that the public didn’t already know. If you owned a television and watched the news at all during his reign, then you know exactly what is in this movie. You’re better off saving your money and waiting for the DVD.

Grade: C

Zero Percent Score – Gotti Gets a Goose Egg on Rotten Tomatoes

These are definitely better, if you want to know about Gotti:

 

Movie review: Game Night

We have a twofer review for you for Game Night! RunPee Jilly has  her review first, and RunPee Niece has her review below. Enjoy!

*****
Game Night took a satirish version of the caper standby and presented something really different. The comedic ensemble lent a sense of stylish fun to the proceedings, and nothing was as predictable as the previews made it look. The movie poster undersold the picture too — maybe the producers were afraid their movie would be a bomb. It’s hard to hit this mixed genre just right. It’s a good little sleeper hit.

There are some good questions to figure out along the ride. Who are the the good guys? What exactly is going on? What do you do after mistakenly wiping your blood all over the neighbor’s white lapdog?

In any case, this was a fresh, snarky, fun take on the “spoofy crime mystery”. If I visited an Escape Room with this much screwball excitement, I’d gladly pay double for giving me such a good time. Now I want to start a weekly Game Night posse of my own.

I have to give a special shoutout to the wacky cop neighbor (Jesse Plemons, as Gary), and especially his adorbs peak into the “basement of clues” (during the credits – so don’t leave)..pay close attention to everything tacked up on his ‘clues’ board. I had to smile. If pressed, I’d say Plemons unashamedly steals his scenes. We the viewers have to cringe a little bit; many of us all kind of know someone like this, and feel badly about how we treat them. Here, all ends well, letting us off the hook in a sense. The moral: be excellent to each other. (Gold stars if you’re old enough to catch that 80s movie reference.)

Movie Grade – B+

*****

Game Night was a fun movie to watch. There were more than a couple of laugh out loud moments that the entire theater shared in.

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams were wonderful, as they always are, together and apart. The rest of the cast did a great job, too.

If you like action/comedy movies, or even just the featured actors, then you’ll enjoy this fast-paced flick.

Movie Grade – B+