wogma rating: Switch channels if it's on cable (?)
For about half the film, various characters go about saying, "I want to kill entertainment," Entertainment being the name of a character. But, taking cue from the film's extensive use of pun, you can say that the makers succeeded on that mission statement. There are reasonable attempts at keeping the humor "different", but nowhere close to good enough.
The film starts out with making fun of obese people and man-boobs. So, you know how sensitive the film is going to be from the word go. Except, that it becomes about love animals and then you know, you should take the film even less seriously than usual. No, not because animal-love is not serious business. But because how can someone who is oblivious to the worthiness of other groups of people - women, for example, be taken seriously when they talk about some other social issue.
Even so, the film just might strike a chord amongst animal-lovers just because of the dearth of Hindi films in that category. But, that's just about it. For all other purposes it is like a Moral Science lesson for class 2, the saving grace being it is not an animated film. Not necessarily, preachy, but melo-dramatic enough to turn you off, even before you can let the lesson reach out to you.
The evil in you is overturned by the goodness of another, this theme has been beaten down to death in Hindi films. More often than not it comes after a few leaps of faith and more from the audience. Entertainment has almost every character turn over in this manner and is far away from being digestible. Not that that is what the writers were aiming for.
Their aim, then, seems to be two-fold. One - to awaken within you, the love for animals and two - to make you laugh. With the first one, I doubt they made any new converts, but I am sure animal-lovers got a lot of "aawwww" moments out of it.
For a change, I didn't mind the attempt at humor, at some places. Not that it made me laugh too hard, but after exhausting every phrase in which the word dog is used and setting aside a couple of innuendoes, juvenile SMS forwards, toilet jokes and self-referencing puns, there was a genuine attempt at being different. They didn't resort to repeating the same joke over and over again to kill it.
Each character was specifically given a certain type of gag-line and there were various analogies, or for want of a better word - verticals that the gag-line took. So, while one character uses names of celebrities instead of words that sound like their name another calls people's bluff when they threaten him using puns related to the threat. As one would expect, this becomes repetitive, but less so than it had potential to.
Also, the lesser we talk about the plot (complete with logical jumps at regular intervals) though, the better it would be. There is only so much one can say about a father wanting a rich husband for his daughter and the husband-to-be adopting any means to achieve that - including, a competition with a dog, for what the dog owns (yes, "the dog owns").
I tried to draw various metaphors for the way in which the word Entertainment was used. Unfortunately, the only one that made sense was the one which involved the murder of entertainment.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Tushar Joshi , Bollywood Life : ... Entertainment has enough jokes and one liners to keep you entertained. Watch it for Akshay, but also for the real star, his four legged companion who will steal your heart with his cuteness!... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Entertainment lives up to its title and works well because of the funny jokes, gags and situations. The director duo make a ridiculous premise work beautifully and their experience of working with Rohit Shetty comes in handy. Akshay Kumar and the whole cast had a lot of fun while making it and so will the viewers while watching it. But if you have a problem with the slapstick type of humour that Entertainment promises, please steer clear.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Too much melodrama in the second half slows down the pace of the film. But all in all, a fun experience. So don't paw-nder for too long, just watch this one.... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...Entertainment has its highs though at places it is just about okay. Still, as mentioned earlier, the director duo does well to capture the imagination of their target audience - kids - well and keep them happy. This is where their win lies as they score well in keeping the little ones engaged and entertained!...
Thumbs up, by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Nonetheless, they do succeed in sending out a message strong and loud enough- to treat animals with respect and love. If you like watching clean films and wish to take your family along for a movie, then ‘Entertainment’ best suits your requirement.... full review
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Director duo Sajid-Farhad pulls out all the stops to make you laugh. They make the hero snarl, grovel and walk on all fours (it’s Akshay Kumar I’m talking about here), they turn the heroine into a simpering damsel and the villains into frothing baboons lusting after her. They inject every inanity to winkle out a laugh from you. And the thing is, despite all its silliness, Sajid-Farhad’s Entertainment may still hit the jackpot at the box office. After all, every man has his day. ... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...ENTERTAINMENT is certainly going to appeal more to the kids and the viewers who have experienced a life of several years lived with their beloved pets.... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ... Either way, it cannot harm anybody to watch Entertainment, thus increasing ticket sales, and therefore increasing the chances of more animal movies being made (hopefully with better stories)... full review
So-So, by Anish Mohanty, Planet Bollywood : ...Entertainment’ tries to convey an important message to the audience in an entertaining manner. Overall, the film turns out to be a decent entertainer that keeps one engaged through most of its duration but that said the entertainment quotient could have been far more rich and fulfilling! ... full review
So-So, by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster : ...Filmein teen cheezon se chalti hai, Entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. This film has one in it, for the rest wait for Akshay’s next.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ... Akshay Kumar is in top form. Having done a multitude of masala movies, he's become a khiladi. His bonding with the dog (especially in comic scenes) has those 'oh-so-cute' moments. The golden retriever is not a wonderful actor; but his eyes can melt your heart. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Tamannaah Bhatia is the ‘heroine’ of the film. The character could have been played by any other woman and it would not have made an inch of a difference. That’s how marginal the woman is to the proceedings in this film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...There is a whole lot of annoying tomfoolery on throughout the film, spot-the-movie-reference gags (like the ghost story sequence from Pyar Kiye Ja), dog-biting-crotch kind of humour, some of it is funny and at some scenes you crack a smile, because, heck, they are trying so hard. But mostly you just want to fling something sharp at the screen.... full review
Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Tamannaah, after a couple of Bollywood films and many Tollywood films, is still trying to figure out how to act. Akshay Kumar has done nothing different from what he did in Khiladi 786, Boss, Joker, Housefull 2 and many other films. There is nothing new for his fans in Entertainment.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...There’s no story, no script and the worst CG ever, but there may be a chuckle or two. Perhaps that’s you laughing at yourself for having to lead such a dog’s life for 140 minutes to be precise.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Good parodies are the ones that make most of their tongue-in-cheek flavour. Add too much slapstick and it only gets more annoying. That’s entertainment. It treads a thin line. And in our industry it's a habit to fall off the line, too often, too easy.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...All of this hard work in writing would have been futile had the film been tackily shot, just like the films it parodies. Surprisingly, Entertainment is technically great, even the scene transitions are well done. There was a lot of noise made about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah having a path breaking CGI shot where hundreds of animals exit the frame to go to the ark. In Entertainment, hundreds of dogs enter the frame and one bites Sonu Sood’s crotch. Dear Farhad and Sajid, please shut up and take my money. I bow to you in reverence.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Thankfully the editing keeps the pace fluent, disallowing closer inspection of the ludicrous content. ‘Entertainment has gone to the dogs’ and literally so. The lovable, endearing Golden retriever is the only one who doesn’t ham, over-react or bellow at the top of his voice. Farhad-Sajid’s slapstick physical comedy suffers from overplaying, big time... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra , Hindustan Times : ...The jokes are purposefully mindless, but they come at you at such a furious pace that you are lulled into an exhausted laughter. However, post interval, Entertainment falls to another level of awful. At one point, a dog latches onto Sonu Sood’s crotch. It’s so unfunny that I got depressed.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajiv Masand, IBN Live : ...I'm going with half, yes just half out of five, for Entertainment. This could be hazardous to your health; doesn't matter if you're a movie critic or a movie buff, so go in prepared.... full review
Thumbs down, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ...The climax where the dog gets hit a by a bullet is the biggest let down. For a film called Entertainment this one is low on that. The golden retriever Junior in the film looks perplexed throughout and has very little screen time. Dog knows what Union minister Maneka Gandhi saw in it to get associated with this film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh,, india today : ...Entertainment is a bagful of boring tricks Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/entertainment-movie-review-akshay-kuamr-tamannaah-bhatia-sajid-farhad/1/376088.html... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Khilnani, india today : ...Music by Sachin-Jigar is not up to the mark. Though there is one good song that comes right at the end, 'Veer Di Wedding sung by Mika Singh. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Entertainment is a painful exercise to sit through and when a cute retriever with all the fuzziness cannot retrieve you from boredom, blame it on the film. Akshay Kumar was almost as bad as his Once Upon Aye Time In Mumbaai Dobaara performance, and that says it all I am sure. I am going with a very kind 1/5 for the film and it’s a gift from a dog lover to all the dogs who appeared in the film.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint : ...Junior’s bored expression and lack of affection towards the two-legged creatures on the set is glaringly evident, but the rest of the cast has far more energy, sportingly submitting themselves to the pratfalls aimed at knee-high viewers and going along with the occasionally madcap plot twists... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma., Rediff : ...Sajid-Farhad’s first film is mostly a garrulous, occasionally comical farce that intermittently serves as reminder that in the search of “entertainment, entertainment, entertainment” one can always rely on the delightfully loony Johnny Lever. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Disappointingly regressive and only sparsely funny, the only entertainment comes from the portions involving the dog. One wishes the film lived up to its name! ... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Father (Mithun Chakraborty) wants a rich husband for his daughter (Tamannaah Bhatia) and the husband-to-be (Akshay Kumar) adopts any means to achieve that - including, competition with a dog (Junior who plays Entertainment), for what the dog owns (yes, "the dog owns")
"Worked" is a strong word for the following things, but nevertheless -
- The "funny" lines given to Akshay Kumar and Krushna.
- An aerial shot of a green forest. Absolutely out-of-place and maybe that's why it is refreshing. Most likely, CGI. :D