What worked for more than 600 live performances on Broadway hardly translates to its filmic adaptation.
Playwright/screenwriter/director Stephen Karam's theatrical source material — of six family members' personal crises exposed over the course of a Thanksgiving gathering in Manhattan's Chinatown — flails and burps with toothless ennui.
Nuanced ensemble performances are frequently hidden from view due to incompetent camera direction.
Oh the misery. Oh the inert drama.
Keep the tour moving; there's nothing to see here.
Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.
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