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The Wrong Missy

Jun 6, 2020

Don't think for a minute you'll relieve pandemic effects by seeing this "comedy."

The Wrong Missy

Grade: D

Director: Tyler Spindel (Deported)

Screenplay: Chris Pappas (The Righteous Gemstones), Kevin Barnett (The Heartbreak Kid)

Cast: David Spade (Joe Dirt), Lauren Lapkus (Crashing)

Runtime: 1h 30m

By: John DeSando

WARNING: YOU MAY WANT TO POSTPONE SEEING THIS FILM UNTIL YOU HAVE NO OTHERS TO SEE.

Because of the pandemic and my inability to see previews, I have discovered theater-grade new films online from purveyors such as Netflix, Amazon, and You Tube. However, that abundance brings dross as well—one of the leading candidates for weakest online film of the year so far is The Wrong Missy.

The premise is ludicrous, the jokes are junior high, and the lead, David Spade as Tim, defines “sending it in.” Tim thought he invited a babe to his Hawaii work retreat, but instead mistakenly invited a hellacious blind date from long ago.  No one here seems attached enough even to laugh themselves or at themselves.

E.g., for over-the-top acting ,Rob Schneider should get a raspberry, and female lead, Lauren Lapkus as the wrong Missy, should have been ordered to cut by half her incessant mugging. Lapkus has the unenviable job of delivering outrageous, big-mouthed insults while leading Tim into a silly romance as he tries to lead her out of temptation and to be with the lord. The president of the company, Jack Winstone (Geoff Pierson), makes himself more of an ass in Hawaii than he must be back home at the business.

The script alone is raspberry worthy, e.g., “What? It's a blind date. What if you were some psycho? Then I could behead you.” Although I don’t ordinarily do public service announcements, I’ll make an exception: Put off seeing Wrong Missy until you feel stronger to fight the depression of the pandemic. At this time, we don’t need to add to our stress.

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, hosts WCBE’s It’s Movie Time and co-hosts Cinema Classics. Contact him at JohnDeSando62@gmail.com.