This new all-star comedy movie has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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“Search Party.”
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Focus World

Though “Search Party” is filled with comedy stars like Alison Brie, Adam Pally, J.B. Smoove, and two guys from the hit show “Silicon Valley,” T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch, critics haven’t found much to laugh at in the movie. It currently has the dreaded 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

On the shelf for a few years – never a good sign – the movie opens in theaters on Friday through Focus World and follows two friends (Miller and Pally) racing to rescue their other friend (Middleditch), who is stranded in Mexico after running out on his own wedding.

Though it was directed by Scot Armstrong, one of the screenwriters behind comedy hits “Old School” and “Road Trip,” this one hasn’t caught the same magic.

Let’s see why:


Don’t expect “Road Trip 2.”

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“Road Trip.”
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DreamWorks

Though “Search Party” sounds like a 30-something version of the hit 2000 comedy that followed the cross-country trek of four college friends – which was cowritten by the director of “Search Party” – it certainly doesn’t have the same energy or bring any originality to the genre.

As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the movie is “an exercise in recycling similar material on a smaller budget.”


There are a lot of stereotypes.

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Focus World

While Hollywood keeps saying that it needs to tell more progressive stories, it looks like “Search Party” didn’t get the memo, as Variety points out:

“Search Party” traffics in more south-of-the-border stereotypes than could be squeezed on the Tijuana Trolley. Within the space of a minute, Nardo hijacks a pickup truck that plays “La Bamba” and “La Cucaracha” at top volume before springing down the highway on hydraulics. There’s bits of business about corrupt cops and Mexican jails, gold machine guns and mountains of cocaine. The only flicker of clever self-awareness is two drug-runners discussing the finer points of Sandra Bullock’s hairstyle in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.”


Talented actors still need material to work with.

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Focus World

“‘Search Party’ pays off on my morbid fascination,” a writer on RogerEbert.com said, “proving that even if you invite a lot of talented people to the set, the result won’t work if you don’t give them a way to show why they’re considered talented.”

That seems to be the big takeaway about the movie. The talent was in the room, but they didn’t have the right ideas or lines to work with.

“This is safe, hyper-conventional stuff,” Indiewire wrote of the movie’s comedy – or lack of it. “Lazy enough to make you feel bad that Middleditch had to free willy for it.” He’s nude through a lot of the movie.

The A.V. Club puts it bluntly: “It’s just not very funny.”