|Title:||A Piece of the Action|
|03.02.07||Netflix|| sigh. Well I guess three was too much to ask. It's like they got together and said "hey, you know how we've made these two movies that people like? well let's get together again and do the exact opposite." A Pice of the Action... more like A Piece of Crap. This movie is so heavy-handed and socially-consciouss and un-funny and long... I can't believe it.|
First off, Cosby and Poitier start the movie not knowing each other but each being a successful high-level thief. Then, when a newly-retired cop (played by skinny-ish James Earl Jones) sends them notes forcing them to volunteer at a community center or face jail time for their crimes (which I guess Jones figured out when he was on the beat but just let slide because he was too busy doing nothing), they have to work together to - you guessed it - teach disenfranchised youth the value of getting a job. Minimal scenes with Cosby and Poitier together, painfully long sections where it's just Poitier re-enacting Blackboard Jungle with him as the teacher which actually has nothing to do with the plot because before too long one of the marks from his con finds him and steals his woman so he can't be bothered to teach the class (that he had to give money to for them to pay attention in the first place) until at the very end when they give him some sort of teacher award and he decides to give up his life of incredibly well-paying crime to better the community instead.
I mean, what is this? I feel like I've been baited and switched... like these three movies make one big M. Night Shyamalan movie... I'm here for an alien invasion thriller, buddy, not some treatise on faith and religion.
So.. I was actually too tired to write this out last night and now that I've slept, I can't remember any of the few things I thought were ok with this movie. I don't mean to sound like I hated it with fury - it was more like severe dissapointment - but... I can't remember the good things I was going to say (there weren't many). Oh yeah... Cosby's disco moves were ridiculous. there.