Nobody's Fool

Nobody's Fool

2018, R, 110 min. Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, Chris Rock.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

Current “it girl” Tiffany Haddish blows through nearly half of Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool with the fierce gust of a hurricane wind, challenging the mediocrity of this otherwise typical Tyler Perry output whenever she’s onscreen. As her breakthrough 2017 film Girls Trip amply demonstrated, she’s a comic force of nature to be reckoned with. But in this step-down role of a perpetually horned-up and toked-up parolee running interference in her wound-up, straight-arrow sister’s love life, Haddish frequently resorts to some ham-fisted mugging to get your attention, rasping that hoarse voice and sticking her tongue out to signal her sheer delight in the absence of any directorial boundaries. Don’t get me wrong: This is often some funny-ass stuff, and Haddish categorically owns it with her raw and brilliant talent. (When she sets Chris Rock’s Jheri-drenched ‘do on fire after he speechifies about wheelchair sex, the movie reaches its nutso apex.) But where the good-time girl role of Dina in Girls Trip was a flesh-and-blood character we’ve all encountered in the younger stages of our lives – that trusted friend who’s the life of the party, and yet the most likely to stop it cold – the more undisciplined role of Tanya in this movie plays like a version of Dina’s greatest hits. It’s only one year later, and Haddish may be on the verge of already parodying herself.

While Haddish blasts with the potency of a Category 5 storm in the movie’s first half or so, she’s subsequently downgraded to infrequent appearances as the love story between Tanya’s deluded sibling Danica (Sumpter) and good-guy coffee shop owner Frank (Hardwick) predictably takes front and center, with its Perry-patented will-he-or-will-she storyline playing like something written on the back of a paper napkin. (Their fade-in, fade-out love scene featuring glimpses of bare bodies orchestrated to late-night booty music may be the biggest laugh-getter in the movie, albeit unintentionally so.)

Furthermore, while the catfishing subplot comes full circle (MTV celebrity hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph make an extended cameo appearance here, uncomfortably squirming as an unrelenting Tanya hits on them), its conclusion makes no logical sense, except in the universe of its would-be auteur. In the end, you feel like you’re the victim of a cruel bait-and-switch, lured into thinking Nobody’s Fool would be a crappy but nevertheless entertaining Tiffany Haddish movie, only to have it turn out to be a crappy but nevertheless crappy Tyler Perry movie. Talk about mixed feelings.

Showtimes

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Tue., Nov. 20

digital 10:55am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:20, 10:20

Wed., Nov. 21

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Thu., Nov. 22

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Nov. 20

digital 10:25am, 1:15, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40

Wed., Nov. 21

digital 10:00am

Thu., Nov. 22

digital 10:00am

Fri., Nov. 23

digital 10:00am

Sat., Nov. 24

digital 10:00am

Sun., Nov. 25

digital 10:00am

Mon., Nov. 26

digital 10:00am

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Tue., Nov. 20

digital 10:00am, 3:40

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Tue., Nov. 20

12:20

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Nov. 20

CC/DVS 11:10am, 1:50

Wed., Nov. 21

CC/DVS 11:25am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:30

Thu., Nov. 22

CC/DVS 11:25am, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:30

Fri., Nov. 23

CC/DVS 11:25am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:50, 10:30

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Nov. 20

CC/DVS 11:10am

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Tue., Nov. 20

12:45, 3:45, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Tue., Nov. 20

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:05, 3:40

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Nobody's Fool, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Mehcad Brooks, Amber Riley, Chris Rock

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