Monday, May 6, 2024

Unfrosted (2024)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Unfrosted (2024)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, History
Length: 1h 33min
Rating: PG-13
Director: Jerry Seinfeld
Writer: Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Andy Robin
Actors: Isaac Bae, Jerry Seinfeld, Christian Slater, Jim Gaffigan, Hugh Grant, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, Drew Tarver, Patrick Warburton, Amy Schumer, Max Greenfield, Cedric the Entertainer, Bailey Sheetz, Eleanor Sweeney, Earthquake, Melissa McCarthy, Jack McBrayer, Bobby Moynihan, James Marsden, Peter Dinklage, Bill Burr, George Wallace, Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Dan Levy, etc.
Blurb from IMDb: In 1963 Michigan, business rivals Kellogg's and Post compete to create a cake that could change breakfast forever.

Selina’s Point of View:
The trailer for Unfrosted looked so cute and funny that it was one of the top 5 films I thought would be worth watching in May. It had a stellar cast and a cute little premise. We added it to the schedule as soon as possible.
What I saw was disappointing, at best.

The best actors from the cast were cut down to cameo parts that absolutely wasted their talent. There’s nothing wrong with cameos, of course, but in a situation like this where the actor’s names are used in the marketing, you just expect more. I’m also not a fan of Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Snatched, I Feel Pretty) at all, and not really the biggest fan of Melissa McCarthy’s (The Heat, Tammy, Spy) brand of humor (though I’m not saying she’s a bad actor). Both women were at the forefront of Unfrosted, and that didn’t really work for me.
In fact, most of the jokes were on the stupid side. Either that, or just designed to reference things that really felt weird to reference for a movie like this. Politics, Mad Men, etc.
Unfrosted didn’t work, and it felt like a chore to watch.  

Cat’s Point of View:
I wish I could say that I found Unfrosted funnier than I did. Though, I do feel the need to add the caveat that I am considerably sleep deprived, so that could have colored my watch-experience.
I expected more “Laugh-Out-Loud” moments that just didn't happen the way I wanted them to. There were several giggles, though I was generally more amused with the cast than the story. Don't get me wrong, though. Everyone involved really worked hard to sell their parts. I was buying what they were selling, even if it tasted a little bland.
For Jerry Seinfeld's (Bee Movie, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm) feature directorial debut, this did feel about par. What that translates to is simple – not everyone loved his pet project, Seinfeld (1989-1998) either. As for myself, there were some episodes that I adored and had me rolling with laughter. Others, not so much. I still quote at least one to this day – and it was a running gag between a friend of mine and I in college.
Some are going to adore this movie from beginning to end, and others might have a more lukewarm reaction.

I do have to say, though, that Unfrosted was very well cast. Hugh Grant (Glass Onion, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves) was the perfect choice to lend a voice and persona behind Tony the Tiger. Christian Slater (Inside Job, Chupa, Freelance) and Peter Dinklage (American Dreamer, She Came to Me, The Toxic Avenger) were just fun to see in their respective parts. I'd watch them in just about anything. Jack McBrayer's (Wander Over Yonder, Queenpins, Eureka!) Schwinn was a bonkers addition to the team but appreciated. I love his generally optimistic and wholesome characters. I also had a significant giggle regarding the Easter Egg that was John Hamm (Good Omens, Mean Girls, Fargo). I could go on, but I think you get the drift.
All the Saturday Night Live (1975-) cast alums fit right in with what felt like, essentially, a string of sketches woven together.
I do plan to watch Unfrosted again with my daughter to see if my opinion changes with some sleep. Until then, I can only advise you to take my notes with a grain of salt and give Unfrosted a chance to determine for yourself how you feel. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 39%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 50%
Metascore – 43%
Metacritic User Score – 5.0
IMDB Score – 5.6/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 2/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating 3/5
P.S. Bloopers and extra scenes during the credits.
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