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UNFROSTED 2024 (Available for streaming on Netflix) In his feature directorial debut, Jerry Seinfeld depicts an absurd competition, as dueling cereal companies race to create the Pop-Tart. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, Jim Gaffigan, Hugh Grant, Amy Schumer, Jon Hamm, and several others who must be on Seinfeld’s rolodex. In 1963 Michigan, business rivals Kellogg’s and Post compete to create a cake that could change breakfast forever. Barbara and I have always liked Jerry Seinfeld, so a film he directed, co-wrote and stars in left us waiting for the opening with high expectations. How could a comedy starring some of the funniest people on the planet miss? Well, one critic among many that hated the film put it this way: Unfrosted is the cinematic equivalent of a kid mixing every cereal from his parents’ cupboard into a giant salad bowl with the hope that a splash of milk will magically blend the various flavors into something palatable.” For us it didn’t. To be fair, Barb laughed out loud two or three times and I chuckled maybe once or twice. It’s impossible to assemble this much comedic talent and not get a bullseye occasionally, yet the hit-to-miss ratio favored the latter far too much. On Rotten Tomatoes based on 66 reviews, the film scored 42% from critics and based on 100 audience viewings scored 48%. One even less kind critic wrote, Unfrosted is one of the worst films of the decade so far.” I guess my feeling about the film is closer to a kind but not enthusiastic critic who wrote, Unfrosted is sweet and colorful, yet it's ultimately an empty experience that may leave the consumer feeling pangs of regret.” GRADE C-

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