The Out-Laws” is a comedy crime film directed by Tyler Spindel and produced by comedian Adam Sandler. The movie stars renowned actors, including Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Barkin, Pierce Brosnan, and Michael Rooker. Released on the Netflix platform last week, this 95-minute film aims to blend Sandler’s unique comedic style with a crime storyline. Can it deliver a classy comedy experience?

Owen (DeVine), a bank manager on the verge of marrying the girl of his dreams, Parker (Dobrev), is taken aback when Parker’s long-exiled parents, Billy (Brosnan) and Lilly (Barkin), suddenly reappear. Simultaneously, the bank where Owen works falls victim to the notorious crime duo, The Ghost Bandits. Owen becomes suspicious that his future in-laws are the culprits behind the bank robbery. Collaborating with FBI agent Roger (Rooker), Owen attempts to gather evidence, leading to a progressively chaotic situation.

Despite being a fan of silly comedy films like those by Adam Sandler, “The Out-Laws” fell short of all expectations. The film disappoints with its comedic elements that overlook human values and logical reasoning. Numerous plot holes permeate the storyline, accompanied by a subdued sense of humor. Consider this storyline detail: out of hundreds of cities in the U.S., Billy and Lilly (The Ghost Bandit) coincidentally end up in the city where their daughter resides. Astonishingly, their former partner, a gangster they owe millions to, also happens to live there. To add to the absurdity, Parker’s future husband is the bank manager at the very bank they plan to rob. This implausibility detracts from the talents of the cast, especially Brosnan and Barkin. Why would they choose to participate in a film with such an illogical script?

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In all its comedic forms, “The Out-Laws” undermines fundamental human and rational values within the history of its genre. Is it all just for entertainment? Surely, films can offer a more dignified narrative than this. A car chase in a cemetery, causing damage to gravestones? Utterly absurd. Such antics fail to deliver genuine humor. “The Out-Laws” stands as a rare example of a genre that does not merit public viewing.

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His hobby has been watching films since childhood, and he studied film theory and history autodidactically after graduating from architectural studies. He started writing articles and reviewing films in 2006. Due to his experience, the author was drawn to become a teaching staff at the private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta, where he taught Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut film book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2008, which divides film art into narrative and cinematic elements. The second edition of the book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2018. This book has become a favorite reference for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also involved in writing the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Vol. 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Additionally, he authored the "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). Until now, he continues to write reviews of the latest films at and is actively involved in all film productions at the Montase Film Community. His short films have received high appreciation at many festivals, both local and international. Recently, his writing was included in the shortlist (top 15) of Best Film Criticism at the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival. From 2022 until now, he has also been a practitioner-lecturer for the Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts in the Independent Practitioner Program.


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