If you’re seeking to waste almost two perfectly good hours of your life, then I recommend you go to a movie theatre near you and watch “Hank and Mike.” Actually, I take that back. You’ll probably only be able to see it at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for now, until it comes out on DVD on October 28th. Either way, I would strongly oblige you not to kill your brain cells for the sake of perhaps the most un-funniest comedy of the year, directed by Matthiew Klinck and written by Paolo Mancini and Thomas Michael, who also star in the film together.
Hank and Mike are two Easter bunnies whose jobs fall victim to downsizing, due to losses that Easter Enterprises, a division of a multi-national corporation that owns all holidays has endured. The film follows them as they struggle with unemployment, love, life and each other.
As a general note, structuring a movie around any holiday like Easter should be only suitable for the animated realm of children’s films.
Trust me on this one. Secondly, I perhaps cringed throughout the entire movie as Hank and Mike never ever removed their bunny suits, despite the chocolate fight stains and accumulating filth as the movie progressed. They’re not people dressed as Easter Bunnies, they really are Easter Bunnies, you know, the kind that eat carrots and of course, deliver Easter eggs. It didn’t matter at that point, I couldn’t recover from the ridiculous plot, the filthy bunny suits, the fact that there were only 2 people in the theatre (literally) and that the entire never managed to get a laugh out of me.
Did I mention Chris Klein is in it? Chris Klein, you remember him! To jog your memory, he was in such cinematic classics as American Pie and Rollerball, although you might remember him better as Katie Holmes’ boyfriend before there was Tom Cruise. In “Hank and Mike,” Klein portrays Conrad Hubriss, a wealthy business man and entrepreneur who is brought into Easter Enterprises to revitalize the company when profits begin to take a nose dive.
Other strange characters, such as a homeless man who carries around a watermelon and a next door neighbor who tries to commit suicide and is unsuccessful, as well as a bully Bunny who taunts Hank and Mike, make the film even harder to digest.
Joe Mantegna, (whose name is spelled Joe Mantebna in the press kit for Hank and Mike, by the way) makes appearances throughout the film as Mr. Pan, the CEO of Easter Enterprises. Even this Tony Award winning actor can’t save the film, and perhaps contributes to make it all the more strange.
The film is original in its concept, but originality does not always equal good. Though Mancini and Michael, as well as Klein are great in their respective roles, because of the lagging plot line and “trying to hard” nature of the film, the acting takes a back seat and is overshadowed by its inability to keep even an audience of three interested. Good effort, horrible execution and definitely not my cup of tea.
“Hank and Mike” is rated R with a running time of 86 minutes.
Photo via the official website