“Action Point” (Paramount)
By Catholic News Service
This chaotic, poorly crafted comedy amounts to little more than an endless succession of painful, supposedly amusing, pratfalls.
Johnny Knoxville stars as the owner of a low-rent amusement park in the California of the late 1970s where the constant risk of injury allegedly adds spice to the fun. While entertaining his visiting daughter (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) for the summer, the divorced dad must also contend with a scheming businessman’s (Dan Bakkedahl) efforts to acquire his land and with competition from a more respectable establishment nearby.
Besides being mind-numbingly boring, director Tim Kirkby’s film treats underage drinking as a rite of passage and furtive sex as a sight gag.
Brief but graphic sexual activity, rear male nudity, sexual and scatological humor, about a dozen uses of profanity, several milder oaths, frequent rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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