Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Crazy on the Outside”

(Freestyle Releasing. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. Directed by Tim Allen.) Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta, Carrie-Anne Moss, Julie Bowen, Kelsey Grammer, Jeanne Tripplehorn, J.K. Simmons. Music by David Newman.

Allen’s directing debut is hit-and-miss, but mostly a miss. As a reminder that he still has comedy chops, he chose Houston as the 7th in a 10-city tour in December where a screening of the movie was preceded by Tim doing an in-person stand-up routine. (I planned to meet with Tim to talk about the movie, but my interview with him was cancelled last-minute.) So, about the movie: Tim’s an ex-con, just out after serving 3 years for video piracy. He’s bunking with his dotty grandma, plus wacky sister (Weaver) and her husband (Simmons). He encounters his old girlfriend (Bowen), who’s now with a scummy-yet-rich electronics-store owner (Grammer). Meanwhile there’s his attractive parole officer (Tripplehorn) and her cute son; predictable situations at the fast-food place he’s forced to work, complete with “pirate” theme (get it? Pirates? Piracy? Oh, the hilarity); and his old partner-in-crime (Liotta) tries to keep him from going straight. Veteran cast tries, but they’re sunk by the poor script. Weaver and Simmons supply the few laughs.