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This is one of those bonding comedies with characters that despise each other coming together. But the thing is the bonding is underdeveloped and just not engaging and the comedic moments are few but just isn't all that funny. In fact most of the comedic moments come from constant arguing and it gets old pretty darn quick. The plot is about a guy that is talented with the piano who is played by Jesse Eisenberg who career doesn't seem to be going up after "The Social Network". And in this his character is trying to get his mom to rehab but in order for her to be part of the program she has to have certain amount of drugs in her system and because she doesn't have insurance. So they decide to find a drug dealer to get drugs to get drugs in his mother's system. And the drug dealer is played by Tracy Morgan and they all get put in a situation to stick together in order for each of them to get what they want. Nothing about the story or the performances stands out in this flick. I never found myself laughing or engaged into the story. Most of the elements in this movie has been done before and better. It's watchable to a degree but isn't really worth the time.
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