I'm not the only person who thought of 'Clue' while watching 'Flypaper,' but I feel like the only person for whom this is a positive thing. Just imagine 'Clue' remade as a bank robbery movie. Doesn't that sound fun? I thought so. The new film, which had the honor of being the final world premiere of this year's Sundance Film Festival, may not be well executed, too broad for a script that obviously wants to be a very profane and twisted black comedy, but it's not without a silly charm.
Directed by Rob Minkoff ('The Haunted Mansion') from an early script by writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, 'Flypaper' definitely feels like the meeting point of a former Disney animator (Minkoff also co-helmed 'The Lion King') and a duo behind such screenplays as 'Four Christmases' and 'The Hangover.' It's like a live-action cartoon for adults of average intelligence, the kind of fast-paced movie in which a dumb hick criminal (Tim Blake Nelson, doing the bumpkin shtick once again) is blown up by his own explosive device, Wile E. Coyote style, propelling him through the air backgrounded by terribly rendered CG flames.