The Weekend Australian - Review

BECKY (R18+)

- David Strat­ton Entertainment · Movies · Kevin James · Joel McHale

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Becky is the lat­est en­try in the sub­genre of thrillers about crim­i­nals who ter­rorise mem­bers of a fam­ily. Its main claim to orig­i­nal­ity lies in its cast­ing: Kevin James, bet­ter known for his broad com­edy roles in films like Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), ap­pears here as the leader of a vi­o­lent quar­tet of es­caped con­victs who in­vade the iso­lated coun­try cot­tage where wid­ower Jeff (Joel McHale) has come for a bit of peace and quiet to­gether with his new girl­friend. Also present is his surly 13-year-old daugh­ter, Becky (Lulu Wil­son). Becky has gone out­side to sulk about her fa­ther’s new part­ner when the bad guys ar­rive, so it’s left to her to save the day.

A film of this type in which a 13-year-old girl is the hero­ine could be con­sid­ered pos­i­tive, and Lulu Wil­son is fright­en­ingly ef­fec­tive as the re­source­ful and ruth­less Becky. But the film is im­prob­a­ble, sadis­tic and un­sub­tle so that, af­ter a promis­ing start, it soon de­scends into ba­nal­ity. As for James, he seems to be en­joy­ing play­ing against type as the ex­ceed­ingly nasty vil­lain.

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Lulu Wil­son in Becky

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