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The Green Hornet: movie review

( PG-13 ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

'The Green Hornet,' a feeble, humor-free action comedy about a masked crime fighter and his sidekick. Together they fight crime by posing as villains.

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Seth Rogen (l.) and Jay Chou are shown in a scene from the film 'The Green Hornet.'

“The Green Hornet,” directed by Michel Gondry, is such a feeble excuse for an action comedy that it’s already taken pride of place in my upcoming worst-movies-of-2011 list. Seth Rogen, who also co-wrote the humor-free script, plays spoiled playboy heir Britt Reid. Jay Chou is his martial-artist-whiz sidekick Kato. Together they fight crime by posing as villains, cruising the Los Angeles night streets in their souped-up mid-'60s Chrysler Imperial.

Christoph Waltz does a variation on his Nazi baddie from “Inglorious Basterds,” to much lesser effect. This material has a pedigree. What began 75 years ago as a radio show and then morphed into a TV show, two movie serials, and comic books has now arrived at what I fervently hope is its final resting place. Here’s a 3-D movie that should have been shot in Zero-D. Grade: F (Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content.)

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