'The Reunion'

A flabby, unfunny action-comedy produced, directed and written by former WWE exec VP Mike Pavone, "The Reunion" boasts one of the most poorly assembled scripts to emerge from the wrestling franchise. In the guise of forging a clan from mismatched half-siblings, pic tosses together spare parts from assorted action genres -- it's part prison movie, part south-of-the-border crime thriller, part cowboys-and-Indians oater, part corporate expose -- glued together with the characters' blind pursuit of money and sprinkled with reborn family values. Limited release begins today.

A flabby, unfunny action-comedy produced, directed and written by former WWE exec VP Mike Pavone, “The Reunion” boasts one of the most poorly assembled scripts to emerge from the wrestling franchise. In the guise of forging a clan from mismatched half-siblings, pic tosses together spare parts from assorted action genres — it’s part prison movie, part south-of-the-border crime thriller, part cowboys-and-Indians oater, part corporate expose — glued together with the characters’ blind pursuit of money and sprinkled with reborn family values. Limited release begins Oct. 21.

In contrast with the juicy Michael Rapaport/Parker Posey/Bruce Dern trifecta of WWE’s “Inside Out,” the thesping is uninspired here, adding nothing to an idiotic story about three estranged brothers, forced to work together by the promise of a multimillion-dollar inheritance, who stumble into rescuing a kidnapped billionaire in Mexico. John Cena lends stoic muscle, Ethan Embry feebly simulates wit, Boyd Holbrook tosses his blond hair with Brad Pitt-like aplomb and spitfire Lela Loren chastely dangles sex. But not even Michael Rispoli’s computer-lovin’ kidnapper can breathe life into the result.

The Reunion

Production

A Samuel Goldwyn Films release of a WWE Studios production. Produced by Mike Pavone. Executive producers, David Calloway, Lori Lewis. Co-producer, Nancy Hirami. Directed, written by Mike Pavone.

Crew

Camera (color) Kenneth Zunder; editor, Marc Pollon; music, James Alan Johnston; music supervisor, Neil Lawi; production designer, Raymond Pumilia. Reviewed on DVD, New York, Oct. 14, 2011. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

John Cena, Ethan Embry, Amy Smart, Michael Rispoli, Boyd Holbrook, Lela Loren, Gregg Henry. (English, Spanish dialogue)

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