Apple TV+ keeps Charles Schultz’s legacy alive in the latest special, Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home Franklin. Raymond S. Persi directed the film, and the script was written by Robb Armstrong, Bryan Schultz, Craig Schultz, and Cornelius Uliano. An origin story of Peanuts’ most beloved characters, the film follows a boy named Franklin and his approach to making new friends.
The Man From Toronto is a by the numbers buddy flick
Kevin Hart teams up with Woody Harrelson for his latest comedic romp in Netflix’s The Man From Toronto. Patrick Hughes directs the film with a script from Robbie Fox and Chris Brenner.
Teddy (Hart) is a failing salesman in New York who rents out an Airbnb, hoping to put the spark back in his marriage.
When he arrives, a series of events leads to Teddy being mistaken for someone named “The Man from Toronto. ” Teddy soon realizes that he’s gotten into something he shouldn’t have and must depend on the real Man from Toronto to stay alive.
Randy, the titular “Man from Toronto,” is portrayed by Woody Harrelson as a vicious killer who is meant to be at the Airbnb where Teddy ends up. He is a professional assassin on a new task, but Teddy causes it to be a failure. To achieve his job and also preserve his own life, Randy must now collaborate with him.
Patrick Hughes is no stranger to this genre, having previously helmed The Hitman’s Bodyguard and its sequel. Hughes’s direction follows the template established in the previously mentioned films. We get an introduction to the characters and wait for them to come together. Hart provides his usual Schick in the movie. That said, you either like his style of comedy, or you don’t.
On the other hand, Harrelson was surprising in his role and displayed credible action hero theatrics. Mostly, everyone else in the film is just portraying action film stereotypes. However, I will admit that it was nice to see Lela Loren of Power fame in a brief role.
While I doubt The Man From Toronto will gain Kevin Hart any new fans, it does continue to show the range of Woody Harrelson. I don’t foresee myself revisiting the film anytime soon, but it’s worth a look as a one-time watch.
Final Grade: C
The Man From Toronto is available to stream on Netflix tomorrow, June 24th
More reviews to explorer
Esteemed documentary filmmaker Kirk Fraser utilizes his talents to give flowers to one of Hip Hop’s iconic groups in Kings From Queens: The RUN DMC Story. The tripartite series presents a narrative previously untold about RUN DMC, arguably the most pivotal rap ensemble in music history. Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell came together on the unassuming streets of Hollis, Queens, before evolving into celebrated bastions of hip-hop culture—a genre once dismissed by critics as merely transitory.
Comedic television writer Seth MacFarlane brings one of his screen creations to the small screen in the prequel series Ted. The show is set in 1993; after the first film’s opening sequence and following a linear plot, the series depicts the early life of a sentient teddy bear toy named Ted, who lives with John Bennett (Max Burkholder) and his family in Massachusetts. John’s family members include his dad, Matt (Scott Grimes), mom, Susan (Alana Ubach), and cousin, Blaire (Giorgia Whigham). In the past, MacFarlane has mentioned that he’s always seen the character of Ted as one that’s character-based as opposed to premise-based, so there are numerous angles that he could have taken.