Just Plain Dumb 

The Honeymooners vs. Progressive Urbanism

The Honeymooners
dir. Schultz
Opens Fri June 10
Various Theaters

This movie is just plain dumb. Starring Cedric the Entertainer (who should now be called Cedric the Bore, or Cedric the Absolute Bore) as Ralph Kramden and Mike Epps as Ralph's buddy Ed Norton, the black version of TV's The Honeymooners has a plot that's propelled by a conflict between Ed and Ralph's wives (they dream of owning a home) and a white developer (an anemic Eric Stoltz). The developer wants to buy a duplex from an old lady, knock her building down, and transform the whole block into a massive apartment complex, while the wives (Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall) want to buy the old lady's duplex and achieve the American dream of homeownership.

In an effort to resolve the situation, the white developer offers the wives new apartments in his future apartment complex. But they don't want anything to do with that; they want the whole house to themselves. Wackiness supposedly ensues--but since neither the Kramdens nor the Nortons are funny or likable, and since living in a dense housing development is kinder on the environment than a few humans living in a large home, the audience really has no choice but to side with Stoltz's developer.

In other words, this is a crummy movie, and Ed and Ralph and their sexy (but brainless) wives are basically enemies of progressive urbanism. Down with The Honeymooners and all that they represent.

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