At long last, Michael Bay gives us a healthy helping of robot-on-robot smackdowns. The problems with the previous two films are still there, but they are that much easier to forgive because we finally get what we actually came for in a Transformers movie.
Ever since the 1951 book The Catcher In the Rye, stories about angsty, alienated, financially secure (mostly male) teenagers in existential crisis over "what it all means" have become a staple of movies, TV and literature.
If the title of Bad Teacher calls to mind Bad Santa, the resonance is deliberate: Here is a comedy full of inappropriate humor about someone filling a familiar role who couldn't be further from the figure of benevolent authority we expect.
Imagine penguins sledding on their stomachs down a slurry of spilled ice buckets in the middle of a black-tie charity event. If that sounds like a lot of laughs, then you're either a six-year-old or the ideal adult audience member for this movie.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is one of those cartoons for kids that doesn't transcend its audience and play to adults as well. Indeed, even the packed house of youngsters with whom I saw the film barely seemed to laugh.