J.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch are saddled with a bungled pal comic drama with no punch.
Character performing artists can sit tight whole professions for the sort of achievement J.K. Simmons had in “Whiplash.” The Oscar-winning part impelled the all around loved yet frequently under-the-radar performing artist to everything from the television show circuit to “Saturday Night Live” host. However, an Oscar is no brilliant ticket to better material, as exhibited by “All Nighter,” a wan, confounded pal comic drama toplining Simmons and Emile Hirsch that is bound to vanish rapidly from theaters and VOD.
The part might be customized for Simmons’ straightforward persona, and his execution dependably shake strong, yet the dull execution of chief Gavin Wiesen and the deadened scripting of Seth Owen have no comic punch. It’s a night all too simple to overlook.