A comedy about finding your true love at any price. Dylan Ramsey resorts to snatching his beautiful neighbor's dog so he can spend time with her while they go on a phantom dog hunt. Succeeding in his plan, Dylan goes to return the pooch, only to discover that it has hidden Dylan's best friend's diamond ring. Written by
I always knew that David Spade could not hold a film by himself. "Lost & Found" is a movie that proves it. At least when he was in movies such as "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep", we were provided with a few laughs by Chris Farley. The duo together were occasionally funny as well. David Spade hasn't changed in "Lost & Found"; he just hasn't got someone at his side to make fun of his sarcasm and the result is a movie that is completely unfunny, boring, and pointless. It was difficult to not get up and walk out.
The story (if you can call it that!) revolves around Spade's character as a restaurant owner who has been dumped by his stripper girl-friend, Ginger and is in desperate search for love. Ohhh, how sweet!!!! He becomes interested in a French cello player who lives in his building and big surprise; he ends up having to compete with her dog for attention, so he kidnaps it hoping that he will receive more attention from her as a result. What an original idea! Ha!
Throughout the movie, I found myself thinking about Robert Altman's wonderful movie, "The Player", which illustrates how many Hollywood films get produced. When someone approaches a producer with an idea, coherent stories are not communicated, but pitches of ideas, which are almost always based on previous films. I could just picture a group of executives sitting around a table pitching ideas for "Lost & Found". "Its going to be 'Something about Mary' meets 'Tommy Boy". "We need a screwball main character, kind of a nerdy type who of course is just dumped by his girlfriend". "We need a sexy replacement (a beautiful French Cello player being perfect". "There has to be some kind of struggle, perhaps with an ex boyfriend who is also a musician". "Oh yeah, and we can't forget the dog, audiences always love a dog". This is the kind of pitching that goes around the big Hollywood studios, reinforcing movie cliches that we see over and over again.
Well, I'm afraid I don't know what else I could possibly comment on. Please, just do not see this movie, it is a complete waste of time, money and and hour and a half of enjoyment. I can not even see fans of David Spade enjoying "Lost & Found". I saw it at a screening with a couple of friends who like David Spade's sarcastic sense of humor, and even they loathed this movie.
1/2* out of ****
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