While separately I love the individual pieces involved in this movie (Kevin Smith, Affleck, Tyler, Carlan, the music, etc...) very little of it meshed. Nothing felt natural to me. I’m not sure if it was the acting, writing, directing, or a little bit of everything, but it just didn’t vibe.
As much as I dig Affleck, I think this movie called for a lead actor who could exude more energy or charisma. I think a Sandler, Carey, Robin Williams, or somebody of that ilk would’ve been able to add that much needed comedic energy that I thought this lacked. There was no life force pushing the story forward or keeping me engaged. When Tyler shows up it bolsters it a little bit but quickly wanes.
Despite a handful of cute and fun moments and a good message, ultimately I wasn’t a fan and Kevin Smith continues to be hit or miss for me.