Joe Somebody

Directed by John Pasquin
Starring: Tim Allen, Julie Bowen, Kelly Lynch, Hayden Panettiere, James Belushi, Greg Germann, Patrick Warburton.
MPAA Rating: PG for language, thematic elements and some mild violence.

Review by Matt Heffernan <>
January 11, 2002

Let me just ask everybody a question: do you want to read a review of Joe Somebody, Disney's latest throw-away vehicle for Tim Allen? No? Well, I don't want to write one, either, but here we are.

If you've seen the trailer, you've seen every worthwhile part of the film. Tim Allen gets slapped around by Patrick Warburton in his company's parking lot while his daughter (Hayden Panettiere) watches. After that, he decides to take control of his life by challenging Warburton to a rematch. This turns him into a local hero around the office, but does little to help his relationship with his daughter or the film's stock love interest (Julie Bowen, from TV's "Ed").

It's a thoroughly mediocre work, as expected. There are a few laughs from Tim Allen's highjinks, which are at their highest and jinkiest with Jim Belushi, who plays a Seagalesque washed-up action star who now teaches self-defense to suburban idiots like Allen. In case you've never seen this type of film, don't be alarmed by the training montages that include random shots of Bowen and Panettiere looking disappointed. This type of sequence is a well-known cliché that was popularized by Rocky and beaten to death since.

Perhaps, like Galaxy Quest, this film will play better on television, but it is certainly nothing to bother seeing in a theatre. Then again, it's almost out of wide release, so it's not really an issue anymore.

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