Starring J.K. Simmons, Jonny Simmons, Brittany Snow, and Paul Wesley, The Late Bloomer is unfortunately not as good a movie as the trailer suggested. A notable issue is the slow pace of the film and the general mediocre execution of what may have been a great comedy about what happens when puberty comes to man at age 30.
Not only did it take too long to get to potentially the most entertaining part of the film – when puberty finally hits, but the amount of time it took to get their proved not nearly worth it because the characters being introduced in the first 30 minutes or so are barely interesting and not particularly convincing. When we do finally get to the puberty segment, the laughs are few.
As for what I like about The Late Bloomer, I enjoyed Johnny Simmons’s character’s notes to himself about ‘chapter title’ ideas for his new book. I liked the dad character played by J.K. Simmons. His lines were the most amusing and the father / son conversation towards the end is just beautiful.
Overall, is a movie you should probably only watch only if you absolutely must. I was hoping for something such as the likes of The 40 year Old Virgin (2005). Me and my expectations…
Look up I Love You, Man (2009), a well executed comedy where J.K. Simmons plays another good and funny dad. There’s of course, plenty more to the film than that and it’s all good.
Happy Film Loving