While Awful Nice won’t prove to be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely worth a look just for the laughs. If you have a sibling, you will find something relatable.
Awful Nice is an expanded version of the short film, ’92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card. This was also a film by Todd Skylar and Executive Producer Joseph Krigsfeld.
When you find a formula that works and a team who delivers, you stay with it.
A similar plot, this full-length film was a more fleshed out version of the first one, and stars Christopher Meloni, with a guest cameo by Yakov Smirnoff. It follows two brothers returning to their hometown after their father’s death where they revisit old wounds and have to split their family vacation home they have inherited.
They both find themselves in a situation where they need the money, and their sibling rivalry has never been higher. They will need to get along well enough to fix the house and their relationship. Two brothers who seldom get along forced to take a road trip. What could go wrong? Or, right, in this case.
Sibling rivalry is a plot theme that works well, in particular, in this film. There are moments of gut-busting laughs, of cringe-worthy antics and genuine emotion.
Awful Nice is a great mirror into our own lives and those old wounds between siblings that we just never get over. They are so bent on competing with each other, that everything else seems secondary to them.
These brothers have not seen each other for a long time, and when the news of their father’s death reaches Jim, the level-headed college professor, he has to track down his ne’er-do-well brother Dave.
Dave and Jim are reunited, but even under these sombre conditions, they seem to care more about their inheritance than their father’s death. This brings out their childlike behavior even more and set the stage for rivalry at its finest.
At the funeral, they discover they were left the family’s lake house in Branson, Missouri. When they finally see it, they realize the place is a dump and needs a lot of work to even be habitable, and sold for the desperately needed money.
With good intentions to use this opportunity to bond with each other, it comes as no surprise that they spend the better part of the time shouting, accusing and hitting each other. Due in part as a ploy to make more money, they decide they are capable of making all the repairs themselves.
Also a great comic role for Christopher Meloni, who should seem out of place after his time on Law and Order SVU, but he’s hilarious playing a shady business associate of their father.
James Pumphrey is Jim and Alex Rennie plays Dave. Alex Rennie also co-wrote the script with Todd Skylar. Both of these actors make the most of the antics that throwback to their childhood pranks and competitive nature. They also do justice to the sharp, witty dialogue that manages to keep the laughs coming at a good pace throughout the entire movie.
While not a critical success, the film was simple, well-written and has a lot of comedy and tells a great story. It’s the perfect road trip, buddy, sibling antic movie that is perfect for a rainy afternoon.
Relatable, funny and with a quick place to keep you interested. Following with the theme from 92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card, the brothers fight at their father’s wake, the dream of making money off of a sports card and bring back the beauty of not just snappy, clever dialogue but precision slapstick and physical comedy as well.
From eating from a garbage can to challenging a table full of tourists to a fight, just relax and enjoy the wild ride. These actors together remind us what great comedy timing is meant to look like all the while making it look oh-so-easy.
If you’re looking for intellectual stimulation, watch something else. If you are looking for a great comedy with pacing, pranks and a story, enjoy Awful Nice.