Lusterless movie makeover of Jackie Gleason’s classic television sitcom envisions two late ‘90s era African-American couples (Cedric The Entertainer and Gabrielle Union, Mike Epps and Regina Hall) as they attempt to purchase a Brooklyn townhouse together in spite of Ralph and Ed’s (Cedric and Epps) money-diverting schemes. Cedric The Entertainer uses an odd blowhard vocal characterization that drains the already dull picture of its singular hope for comedic salvation. The script (credited to four screenwriters) uses a plethora of already-dated urban inside humor that reeks of pandering. As a summer “feel-good” movie, “The Honeymooners” leaves its audiences feeling less than blasé.
Rated PG-13. 90 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)