‘Sordid and derivative’: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s film Midnight in the Switchgrass is SUCCESSFUL by critics… but some reviews praise their performances
A true celerity couple making a movie together rarely ends well, which seems to be the case for Megan Fox and her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly.
Fox and the rapper — real name Colson Baker — met the beginning of Midnight in the Switchgrass in March of last year, and while it sparked a passionate romance, the experience resulted in a poorly rated film.
The thriller — about two FBI agents investigating a string of murders that appear to be related — was criticized by critics Thursday, resulting in a dismal 17% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Ouch: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s Movie Midnight in the Switchgrass Is Devastated by Critics
Both Fox, 35, and Baker, 31, skipped the film’s premiere this week, which was attended by director Randall Emmett and his Vanderpump Rules fiancée La La Kent.
The rapper plays a pimp in an uncredited role while Fox stars as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi starring Bruce Willis.
Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times called the project “dirty and distracted” and said, “Clearly no one bothered to proofread the text on the screen.”
Role: The rapper plays a pimp in an uncredited role while Fox stars as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi starring alongside Bruce Willis
Start of it all: Fox and the rapper – real name Colson Baker – met in March last year during the start of Midnight in the Switchgrass
No shows: Both Fox, 35, and Baker, 31, skipped the film’s premiere this week (pictured at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards in May this year)
“The atmosphere is thoroughly sleazy without being distinctive, and everything about the film — the emotionless readings, the half-baked back stories — exudes succinct functionality,” the review adds.
Slant Magazine’s Mark Hanson gave the film zero stars, saying, “Randall Emmett’s directorial debut is virtually indistinguishable from the scores of cheap VOD action thrillers he’s produced to date.”
The Hollywood Reporter called it a “poorly plotted and painfully acted directorial debut” that “doesn’t come close to meeting even the lowest expectations.”
Red carpet: Director Randall Emmett and his Vanderpump Rules fiance La La Kent appeared at the film’s premiere in LA this week
However, the same review notes that one of the most surprisingly good parts is Machine Gun Kelly, who is “one of the most consistent and invested” in the cast.
“With such a star-powered lineup, you could reasonably expect some juicy acting, but some performances have a narrated quality – as if the actors didn’t want to be there,” the review added.
movie writer Tessa SmithAlthough he gave the film a one-star rating, Fox praised: “Megan Fox is the standout performance against Bruce Willis, which was a complete shock, but even that can’t save this movie.”