Everybody wants to be somebody. So when you aren't Somebody you're always looking around with envy at the Somebodies who have been noticed by other Somebodies. Sounds rather silly - if not confusing. It's the same with this movie.The drive for people to have their allotted 900 seconds of fame can be strong. Yet when they experience a taste of it, surely that desire for fame quickly runs out the room screaming. Well maybe for some.
Fame is the spookiest thing. It's not actually something you do yourself. It's something that that other people do to you. Having people who have never met you, arguing about the merits of you is the weirdest feeling. How on earth wound they know what you are like or what you're thinking?
Despite the pitfalls of fame clear for the world to see, lots of people would like to be noticed just that little bit more - Such as Joe (Allen). Joe's an AV guy at a dodgy pharmaceutical company. He's not the sort of person who gets noticed much around the company - if not completely ignored.
While looking for a car park at work, Mark (Warburton) steals the last park and humiliates Joe in the process. Such is the degree of humiliation that it eventually leads to a promise of a fight which Joe has Chuck (Belushi) help him train.
Tim Allen doesn't do a completely terrible job. He's trying his best in this film and it's not too bad in the scheme of things. Right from his first shot you can see he's making an effort to make something of his character. His comedic timing is still there too.
The girl as the daughter is not too bad, not seeming to try being overly cute. She's mature beyond her years and was probably a little hard done by her dad.
And Belushi is funny in a rather overweight has-been kind of way.The film has a very Disney Keeping-Yourself-Nice feel to and that will grate on you when you're not in the mood to tolerate it. A fair effort that is an improvement on Allen's other films (except Galaxy Quest), but ultimately forgettable.