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Movie review: 'Parker' proves rather perfunctory

Oklahoman Modified: January 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

/articleid/3748695/1/pictures/1935781">Photo - Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez star in "Parker." FilmDistrict photo <strong></strong>
Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez star in "Parker." FilmDistrict photo

Jennifer Lopez co-stars as local real estate agent Leslie Rodgers, who's been struggling financially and emotionally since her divorce. When Parker pretends to be a rich Texan looking for a vacation home (complete with a big ol' cowboy hat and an obviously fake drawl), Rodgers shows him around and hopes for a hefty commission. But once she starts snooping into her intriguing new client's background, she learns too much and wants a piece of the action.

Lopez gets a couple of amusing lines, and theoretically is here to provide some comic relief as the wide-eyed fish out of water. (An underused Patti LuPone classes things up a bit as her sassy Latina mama.) But playing weak and girlish isn't exactly Lopez's strong suit, and she never functions as a potential romantic interest for Parker because it's been well-established that he's in love with Claire (Emma Booth), the daughter of his grizzled mentor (Nick Nolte), who is well aware of the dangers of the life he's chosen and sticks by him nonetheless.

So basically, we're just here to ogle J.Lo's world-famous derriere as she turns around slowly in a polka-dot bra and panty set. It is also a popular tourist destination.

— CHRISTY LEMIRE, Associated Press


MOVIE REVIEW

‘Parker'

R1:581 ½ stars

Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte. (Strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity)

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