‘Taco Shop’: Slapstick Comedy Gone Wrong

By Therese Gardner, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Despite the other wonderfully done comedies this year including Blockers and Game Night, the new Taco Shop is not all that it’s intended to be. While it is categorized as a slapstick comedy characteristic of broad humor, this film lacks any presence of it. As someone who loves a good laugh, I enjoy films with no social purpose except to make people laugh and feel good. This is definitely not one of those films. As a whole, this movie lacks any sense of direction and its message is vague.

Taco Shop follows Smokes (Tyler Posey), as he plans to resign from his job at Taco Dollar to open up his own taco shop. His plans get interrupted when he discovers his mother has recently lost her job and is now struggling with debt and the possibility of losing their house. As a result of their current financial situation, Smokes is forced to stay at Taco Dollar. The pressure continues to mount when a taco truck decides to park across the street from Taco Dollar causing a war to ensue, as both wish for success.

Can Smokes cooperate with his coworkers in order to save Taco Dollar? Well, obviously, the answer is yes since it’s a predictable film with no motivating meaning. By the end of the film, Smokes has saved Taco Dollar from being taken over by their competition.

One thing I disliked the most about this film was its cringeworthy nature and poor application of crude, sarcastic humor. This was only one of few projects for Director Joaquin Perea and it was not a memorable one. If you couldn’t already tell, I was not impressed even in the slightest. It wasn’t even stupid funny – just foolish.

I don’t want to be completely harsh, however, there were not many strengths, if any, within this film. Considering it is a remake of Taco Shop (2012), I’m not really sure what Perea intended to achieve. If there is anything to be learned from this film, it’s that not every film should be remade and not every director is capable of writing worthy comedy.

My Rating: 39.4%

Acting: 1.5/4

Cinematography: 2/4

Story: 1.8/4

Enjoyability: 1/4


‘Truth or Dare’ Me To Never Watch This Movie Again

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

Maybe you remember sitting with your group of friends in seventh grade in your parent’s basement and getting dared to ding-dong-ditch your neighbor. That’s how most people see the classic game of truth or dare. Director and writer Jessica Cameron sees it differently. In her unique (is that the right word for it?) take, she sees truth or dare as a game involving murder, suicide, and exaggerated smiles.

If you take the most overdramatized version of truth or dare, somehow manage to incorporate YouTube, cheating, and justifiable murder, then you probably still haven’t described this movie in its entirety.

It follows Olivia (Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale), Markie (Violett Beane), Lucas (Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey), and three other friends who take a spring break trip to Mexico (original, right?) and go to a party. At that party they meet Carter (Landon Liboiron), who takes them to a church miles away just to play a game of truth or dare. I wish I was joking but I’m not.

Anyways, this innocent game of truth or dare ‘follows’ them home and starts to play them. This results in lots of death, lots of realizations, and lots of destroyed friendships.

To be honest, the story that didn’t even have an initial appeal never got better.

I wish it could be saved by its acting and cinematography, but it can’t even do that. In a montage towards the end of the movie, there is a shot of two kids in front of the Eiffel Tower – because there is obviously no other way to show that somebody is in France – where you can legitimately see the outline of the two kids in front of a green screen.

Sometimes I wonder if editors even rewatch the movie all the way through and just think, “screw it, I’m done” and give up.

The acting was, by definition, horrendous. You may think that experienced television actors like Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey might hold up some standard, but they don’t. I found myself telling myself for days after seeing Truth or Dare, “at least they tried!”

Ultimately, this movie was completely unenjoyable. I really don’t think that anybody in the cast and crew really cared about this movie being good. They just wanted to vomit out what they had onto the big screen, no matter how gross it was. Maybe the crew didn’t even notice the cop-out ending, lack of interesting acting, cropped people standing in front of green screens, and a crap story that lost itself at the beginning and never found itself again. Regardless, it happened. It was a tragedy, but it happened.

My Rating: 36%

Acting: 1.4/4

Cinematography: 1.2/4

Story: 1.7/4

Enjoyability: 1.4/4