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Bettie's Box Office: R.I.P.D.

Updated: Thursday, August 1 2013, 02:32 PM CDT

Sometimes, good actors make bad movies. 

The cutesy name R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) was the first tipoff. The fact that the trailer made it look like a rip-off of Men In Black and Ghostbusters was another. But if you like Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, you start to think: "Just how bad can it be?" 

The answer is: pretty bad. Reynolds plays a Boston cop killed in the line of duty, but he took a big secret to the grave. Jeff Bridges is an old-West sheriff from the 1800's. The two find themselves paired as partners in a sort of Purgatory Police Force that's responsible for tracking down lost souls still roaming the Earth. To humans, the suave Reynolds looks like an old Asian man, and the gruff Bridges is a super-hot blonde female. Funny, right? Maybe the first 5 times they refer to it. Kevin Bacon - did you even know he was in this movie? - is Reynolds' former (living) partner and corrupt to the core. 

There's no real chemistry between Bridges and Reynolds (unlike Men in Black) and the CGI for the souls when they show their true forms is supposed to be funny, but it's not (unlike Ghostbusters). Probably the best thing to say about this movie is that it "RIPD-off" some much better movies. I'd recommend you wait for this one to show up on free TV. If you're looking for better summer action movies, you still have Pacific Rim, Man of Steel and Fast and Furious 6, not to mention The Heat

R.I.P.D. is in theaters now and is rated PG-13 for violence, sci-fi/fantasy action, some sensuality, and language including sex references.


Bettie's Box Office: R.I.P.D.

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