Veteran lawman Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) works for the R.I.P.D., a legendary police force charged with finding monstrous spirits who are disguised as ordinary people but are trying to avoid their final judgment by hiding out among the living. When Roy and his new partner, Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), uncover a plot that could end all life, they must discover a way to restore the cosmic balance or else watch the tunnel to the afterlife start sending angry souls back to the world of the living.
Release Date: July 19, 2013
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I really wanted R.I.P.D. to succeed, as it was placed on my "wish to see" list over a year ago. Unfortunately, the movie does not hold an original thought. Instead, it was a jumbled mess of scenes from other movies. It could have been a great movie for kids, but the needless profanity ruined that market. The ending did set itself up nicely for a sequel, but I seriously doubt one will be made.August 7th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Think Men in Black, Ghostbusters, and Ghost all mixed together. Add in Jeff Bridges as a crusty old law man from the 1800‚Äôs (Roy), Ryan Reynolds as a rookie cop who is killed before he can right a wrong, and a go-go boot wearing Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) somewhere in limbo and you‚Äôve got R.I.P.D. Oh yeah, and Kevin Bacon. We‚Äôre always only 6 degrees away from Kevin Bacon.
R.I.P.D duals the ‚ÄúRest In Peace Department‚Äù against the ‚Äúdead-os‚Äù in this CGI-filled comedy action film that takes place in modern-day Boston. The dead-os have a cartoony feel to them and the film falls short of the magic found in other movies where earthlings are oblivious to the supernatural threats around them.
Kind of a ‚Äúuniverse protection program‚Äù, the R.I.P.D mission is to capture dead-os and send them where they belong. Nick (the corrupt cop who dies) is taken to a sterile afterlife police department where Steely Dan is always playing because ‚Äúit relaxes people.‚Äù From there he is sent back to earth to bag dead-os. These undead hardly compete with their counterparts in this summer‚Äôs blockbuster World War Z.
Jeff Bridges‚Äô old coot character has some fun lines like ‚ÄúShe billy-goated me‚Äù when Mary-Louise Parker bites his gruffy beard, calling his Asian helper ‚ÄúPanda Express‚Äù, and ‚ÄúBoody Hoo‚Äù when he‚Äôs trying to get his young partner to man up, but his mouth sounded like it was full of chewing tobacco the entire time and I wished he would just spit and get it over with.
Fenway Park, the Boston Commonwealth, and Boston‚Äôs Finest in uniform were proudly shown off, as well as cannolis from Mike‚Äôs Pastry shop, a popular bakery I visited a couple of years ago when I was in town. I absolutely love Boston. How does that merchandising work anyway? A bottle of Fresca almost overshadowed Mary-Louise Parker in her introductory scene. And what about all that cumin? It was Indian food and spices which transformed the dead-o‚Äôs from regular-looking citizens into Saturday morning monsters.
One of the running gags in the film is that living humans perceive Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds to be a gorgeous blonde and an old Asian man. The audience laughed every time at the ridiculous duo, but they were also looking at their cell phones and watches as the movie slugged along for 96 minutes.
This supernatural movie is rated PG-13 for violence (mostly bloodless) and a heck of a lot of potty-mouths, mostly Jeff Bridges‚Äô. The movie had its amusing moments, but my mind often wandered and thought my long laundry list of things I needed to get done as soon as the movie was over. May this movie R.I.P.
Grade = C+July 20th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Boring, boring, boring!!!! Only good thing was Jeff Bridges character. Big waste of time.December 3rd, 2013 · Details
Not as bad as everyone says it was. Think Ghostbusters meets Men in Black. Was it great? NO. Was it funny? Sure. Is it worth renting at the REDBOX on a Saturday? Yes. Language is a bit harsh to have the kiddos in the room.November 29th, 2013 · Details
BAD NEWS: It was boring. The ending was terrible, and the effects were worse.November 23rd, 2013 · Details
While the concept has potential for fun, the movie is too juvenile and shallow (aka, stupid) for me to recommend it. Jeff Bridges as cowboy Roy provides the most entertainment throughout, but it‚Äôs not enough to redeem this turkey. The film is uncannily similar to Men In Black, but with undead instead of aliens, a bad script, a predictable storyline, and some underdone special effects. I would only recommend R.I.P.D. to rabid fans of Jeff Bridges... See Full ReviewNovember 10th, 2013 · Details
The action is hectic rather than exciting and lacks visual panache. The computer-generated Dead-O's are badly configured eyesores, thudding around clumsily wreaking havoc, like less impressive versions of The Incredible Hulk.
While Bridges chews the scenery with his garrulous Southern-accented chatter, Reynolds is too restrained. There's little sign of the easy charm, intelligence and affability both actors are known for... See Full Review
The story is thin. The special effects are lame. Jeff Bridges is fun, but Ryan Reynolds is angry and frustrated. The whole thing is weird and underwhelming, which explains why the studio waited until the night before it opened to let the critics see it.
So R.I.P.D. is pretty much dead on arrival, unless you have a fondness for these actors, which I do ‚Äî but it‚Äôs still not nearly enough... See Full Review