I sat watching this and I just thought, what in the world is this? A mess? Unfortunately yes it is a huge mess. What went wrong? I think this had some potential to be quite good, a bit of a musical and something fun, but it was anything but that.
The film is about Marc Pease (Jason Schwartzman) who loves to sing and during his High School muscial of The Wiz he runs out when it is his turn to perform his solo. Eight years go by and he still is basically acting like he is in High School, trying to get his group of singers to do a demo tape and annoying his music teacher Jon Gribble.
That is basically what it is about, and the character of Marc Pease is not exactly all that likable, I really just wanted to punch him out and tell him to grow up. I just found Jason Schwartzman to be extremely annoying in the role. He did not suit it, and he basically slept walked through it, I was not a fan. The only thing I thought was decent in the film was Ben Stiller as Jon Gribble. His character is supposed to be the one you don't like and he makes it work. I mean this wasn't a role that required Ben Stiller to do much with, but he was good. Anna Kendrick as the love interest Meg she was alright as well, she had little to work with but she makes sure you remember her. I do believe she will be an actress to expect big things from.
I really just cannot recommend this film, I found it boring at times and just extremely annoying with how things worked themselves out. At least the end performance of The Wiz actually looks really good and it was performed well. But sorry to say this film does not have a lot going for it, and it was really disappointing. It started off in such a way I thought maybe it would be alright but it just got messier and messier as it went on. Below average film, which is a shame. Not sure what the director might have been smoking ...