By Joe Leydon
A loose-knit, character-driven comedy that percolates with good-vibe amusement, often earning industrial-strength guffaws with sneaky one-liners and tossed-off non-sequiturs.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Slight but consistently entertaining.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Despite a terribly conceived coda, Luke and his brothers have mostly succeeded, thanks in large part to sharp dialogue, a solid vintage soundtrack (Rick Nelson's "Garden Party" features prominently) and some great older actors -- Cassel is a particular standout -- from the heyday of American cinema.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Directing seems to suit Luke, who also does some of his best work to date on screen.
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The Hollywood Reporter

In large part the film succeeds, feeling like a good-natured throwback.
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
If you want proof that Will Ferrell is the most riotously funny straight man since Jack Benny, observe the way his utter sincerity (in the Ralph Bellamy role, as Wendell’s rival for Eva Mendes) lifts this two-ton piece of whimsy into the stratosphere.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A shiny shell of a movie, "TWBS" is pretty to look at, and occasionally fun to watch. But ultimately, it's an exercise in futility - for the participants, who can do so much more, and the audience, which deserves so much better.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Feels like an attempt to rebottle the postmodern fizz of Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket." I wish instead they'd put a stopper in it.
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Austin Chronicle

I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson.
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By Peter Debruge
Movies in which the same person serves as writer, director, and star should carry a special warning for audiences, even if that individual happens to be an actor as endearing as Luke Wilson.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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