ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – D – Drunk Parents
Director: Fred Wolf
Writer: Ref Wolf, Peter Gaulke (Screenplay)
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek, Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello, Treat Williams, Michelle Veintimilla
Plot: Two drunk parents attempt to hide their ever-increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighbourhood schemes.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Drunk Parents starts when Frank (Baldwin) and Nancy (Hayek) drop their daughter off at college. Returning home, they look to start clearing their debts. The pair look to create an idea for money, which starts by renting out their neighbour’s home.
When they rent out the home, they discover the man they rented to Carl (Gaffigan) is a sex offender. Looking to cover up for the mistake. Only leaves them getting caught up deeper than before.
Thoughts on Drunk Parents
Drunk Parents is a comedy that will see a wealthy couple needing to clear their debts. Finding themselves getting into more trouble with each thing they try to do without much success. The hapless events are wildly over the top. Which never brings enough back together for the better reason.
The story never feels natural, it is too wacky to make it enjoyable. This doesn’t help by the performances. Salma Hayek and Alec Baldwin struggle to show any chemistry together. Nearly the comedy misses, where most of it is making fun of too serious subjects.