No laughs on this wedding vacation.
Dropping babies is no laughing matter, especially since they’re so delicate and small. That’s why this made-for-Hulu comedy is titled “The Drop,” and you hope this child will come out okay. Thankfully here, she does, but the same can’t be said for these adults. That is if we can call them adults.
A piece of advice: When you’re asking me if I saw “The Drop,” I sure hope you’re asking me about the 2014 masterpiece with James Gandolfini in his final performance, because that was an instant classic compared to this mean and boring bomb. I’m not exaggerating, because these characters either deserve to be on that cruise in “Triangle of Sadness” or got their comeuppance by Ralph Fiennes in “The Menu.”
The person who drops the baby is Lex (Anna Konkle), who is trying to have a baby with her husband Mani (Jermaine Fowler), while visiting their friends in Mexico for a wedding. She says it’s because she was trying to avoid getting stung by a bee. And ever since that accident, things start to fall apart for the couple.
The mothers of that baby are the ones getting married, but they’re quite inconsistent. Peggy is more concerned about what Mia is letting their baby watch on their iPad, and yet after the drop, the latter becomes a miserable sad sack.
The other couples also feature the bickering Joshua (Joshua Leonard) and Lindsey (Jillian Bell), and the spiritual narcissists Ravi (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Shauna (Robin Thede), and their teenage son Levi (Elisha Henig). I believe Lex used to babysit him, and that’s when he asks her to tell him to brush his teeth and go to bed. He’s jerking off at the dinner table. At least I think that’s what he’s doing.
Fowler has the good sense to tell Joshua and Ravi to stop talking so disgustingly explicit, and how he struggles to move on from the accident. In fact, he’s probably the only likable actor in the film, but he was better in 2021 in “Coming 2 America,” than in “The Drop.” And there isn’t a shred of dignity inside Konkle’s character. In fact, this movie thinks it’s funny when she strips down naked on a beach at night and trying to bash a coconut on the rocks.
I’ve waited 90 minutes to try to find any laughs, and I’ve found none. Most of the material is just lazy and exhausting with jokes ripped off from funnier movies like “American Pie” or “Meet the Parents.” In fact, it’s almost as flat of Mexican vacation comedy as the 2007 “Heartbreak Kid” or “Vacation Friends.”
There are no redeeming qualities in any of the supporting characters, or maybe there were, but nobody seems to care about them. I don’t care about these people, based on how they’re written. Some of them are played by really talented people like Bell, Leonard, and Ambudkar who both can do better than succumb to these unfunny and boring gags. I’ve met Bell 8 years ago, and she’s nicer than the material she’s given here. If you want to see a better comedy with Bell and Ambudkar, see “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” It’s wiser and more affectionate than “The Drop.”
And if you are planning to have a baby or if you’re already pregnant, then “Junior,” “Juno” and “Knocked Up” are your tickets to comedy gold.
Streaming on Hulu