New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
A new laugh-withholder from Rawson Marshall Thurber, the brain behind Dodgeball. For those still reading, forced to become drug traffickers, a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis), homeless waif (Emma Roberts), clueless Tintin lookalike (Will Poulter), and stripper (Jennifer Aniston), masquerade as an all-American family looking to smuggle a Winnebago filled with weed across the border. What about this script — other than a chance for her to showcase a still pert figure — attracted Aniston? Unlike Demi Moore, who also utilized similar material for a mid-career reboot, the demure Aniston would only consent to work in a club where dancers wear more clothing than their prey. Poulter’s impervious virgin scores a couple of unforced chuckles, but nothing’s as funny as when a serious turn causes them to begin acting like a real family. With career low points from Ed Helms and Luis Guzman, and Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as a couple of sitcom swingers. 2013.