Sometimes certain pairings seem to be perfect matches for comedy, ideas of the “why didn’t anyone think of this before?” variety. Martin Short and Kurt Russell form one such pairing, where the potential for humor is obvious as soon as it’s stated. Director Thom Eberhardt took the helm for just that, with 1992′s Captain Ron.
Short is good, Russell is great. Eberhardt… not so much. It’s telling that this somewhat-obscure comedy is his most notable directorial work, at least from what I recognized on his IMDb listing. Having just finished watching the film, I find myself wondering what it might have been like if it had been directed by Rob Reiner, or John Hughes, or Ivan Reitman, and so on. Because under the right hands, this decent film looks like it could have been a hilarious film. As it is, it’s just all right. Continue reading