Director: Tyler Spindel
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, the three of us here at Prairie Grown Reviews totally thought that this movie was going be another crappy Netflix movie. Now, I don’t want to say that this movie was something groundbreaking or crazy, which it’s not, The Out-Laws still provided an hour and a half worth of entertainment.
The Out-Laws was a decent rom-com to watch. The best part of the movie has to be the cast, as they were the most captivating part of the movie. With a decent plot, and some funny moments, The Out-Laws is a fun movie to watch if you have nothing else to watch.
So, I experienced this movie while on a road trip. With nothing else to do, I have to say that The Out-Laws gave me a great amount of entertainment while on the road. As I mentioned before, this movie isn’t some kind of groundbreaking movie, but as Netflix movies go, it was a solid watch. Even though the plot itself was quite straightforward, the fun character interactionskept me entertained.
Now, going into specifics, I’m going to cover some of the not-so-special parts first. The plot itself was quite simple. This right here is your spoiler warning. Reading anything passed this point could expose you to some spoilers.
Plot wise, the story is quite simple. Man is engaged to woman. Man never met the woman’s parents. Parents come back from nowhere. They bond and the man and woman get married. That’s the whole plot of the movie.
Now, since the plot is more simple, it did allow the movie to focus on the comedy and characters side a bit more. When it came to The Out-Laws I’m glad they went in this direction. By keeping things simple, I was able to enjoy the characters instead.
Now, even with a simple plot, the few unique elements they added on top of the base was pretty interesting. I know the trope of having the in-laws be in some crime ring is quite common, but I do like the approach that The Out-Laws take. Instead of being completely evil, Bill and Lily do have a bit humanity in them to protect their daughter.
I’ll go over these two later when I talk about characters, but having this small bit of background did allow for an interesting take to bonding with the in-laws. In this movie’s case, it’s robbing a bank. The combination of the proving oneself to the in-laws, juxtaposed with the comedic bank heists, formulated a fun and simple story to understand so that the other parts of the movie shone instead.
Before I get into characters, I want to do a quick sidenote about the comedy in the show. Now, the humor is quite simple, mainly revolving around verbal jokes or incredulous situations. If you like those kinds of jokes or humor, then this movie will be fun.
Anyways, sidenote aside, we can now talk about the best part of the movie, which are the characters. The main character that drives and carries this show has to be Bill, the father-in-law. Not only does he have incredible presence, any scene he’s in is a joy to watch.
Besides Bill, Lily also brings a calming aura to the movie. When these two characters are on screen together, they equally balance each other out. When it comes to the lead, Oscar wasn’t awful.
Now, I do feel like his character was exaggerated a bit too much. If they dialed back a bit how much of an idiot he was, I think I would have liked him more. But with he way he is, most of the time, I liked whatever he was doing on screen. But then there were moments where he was a bit too much, which wasn’t that entertaining.
I think honorable mention wise, I have to say that Oscar’s parents bring a quirky addition to the movie. Oscar’s family as a whole is over the top and quite annoying, but they fill this role nicely. They do teeter on the edge of being offensive, but when they tow that line, they are funny and enjoyable characters. When they cross the line, they do get a bit annoying.
Overall, I have to say that The Out-Laws surprised me. I was expecting a garbage Netflix movie, and instead, we got something that was entertaining. The plot is quite simple, but I believe the characters carry this movie. If rom-coms with a bank heist twist sounds interesting to you, give this a shot. And even if you don’t this movie isn’t awful to watch or have playing in the background.