Entertainment ~ Review

Akshay Kumar and his dog are here to entertain with Entertainment. Komal Shastri-Khedkar provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.


Dear Kids,

You little ones are innocent (not so much of the current generation!) and love to watch cartoons, over the top comedies and you love pets. So this movie, Entertainment is for you all. I sincerely hope they play the movie on Cartoon Network as soon as possible.

You will laugh your hearts out at the silly scenes and clap at the insensitive, insensible jokes because they do seem funny when you’re a kid.

The craziest part of the film is that it is rated 12A and 12, while I saw plenty of kids in the cinema hall, the majority of them being 12 and below and they were the ONLY ones who were thoroughly enjoying the film, laughing at all the jokes as if it was mandatory to laugh.

Kids, I recommend you to watch Entertainment for entertainment but please wait until it comes on TV channels. In fact if you want a toy or something, now is the time to blackmail your parents by giving them a choice between taking you to watch Entertainment or buy that Toy! Trust me, they will prefer buying you that expensive toy!


Dear Adults,

Watch this movie, only if you are taking your kids along. Actually, I feel for you all. You guys beat the early morning blues, travel to your workplace, work really hard to get that promotion, come home to realise you still have to cook, spend time with your talkative chirpy kids and then if time permits, sleep.

Finally a month of doing this, you get paid and every penny is a hard earned one. So basically now that I have gotten you all emotional, I would like to tell you that please do not spend your money on this film.

You probably must have had a tough week at work, you probably must be tempted to watch a brainless masala comedy to tickle your funny bone, to get you relaxed, to forget about the whole world for those two hours and just laugh. Trust me, you will be in the wrong place if you go to watch Entertainment.

Akhil’s quest to claim the property left behind by his father to a dog.
Superb comic timing by Krushna and Johnny Lever. Akshay Kumar tries to hog the limelight but fails.
The debutant directors Sajid-Farhad are as horrible as their writing.
Poor CG, Poor editing, everything about the movie is not-so-entertaining.
Except for the Johnny-Johnny song, rest of the music album is just okay.
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The film is a slapstick masala comedy which unlike its name suggests fails to entertain.

If you’re a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan, I would still suggest you to watch Hera-Pheri or his other brainless comedies from the 90’s. But not this one! If you’re a dog-lover, watch Marley and Me. But not this one!


Well-wisher (Apki shubh chintak)

You ask, what is Entertainment all about?

So what comes to your minds when I mention movies like Housefull 2, Himmatwala, and Chennai Express? Yeah, thought so. Now let me tell you, Entertainment has been directed by Sajid-Farhad who are the writers of the films mentioned.

Now you know what to expect or to rightly put, why to have zero expectations.

Akshay Kumar (Akhil Lokhande), who makes sure he is in every frame of the movie, is a hard working lad trying to make ends meet. One day he gets to know that his real father is a multi-millionaire from Bangkok who has left behind an Rs 3000 Crore property.

Cut to Akhil in Bangkok to claim his property only to realise that the whole property now belongs to his late father’s dog Entertainment. The whole movie then revolves around Akhil using cheap tricks to kill the dog, who he thinks is the villain, then fall in love with the dog and then them together fighting the real villains.

The majority of the entertainment from the movie comes from its name ‘Entertainment’, the rest is thanks to Krushna Abhishek and Johnny Lever and at times the not so villainish villains, Sonu Sood and Prakash Raj.

The only enjoyment in the film is the brilliant comedy timing and dialogues of Krushna Abhishek. He is just too funny. Johnny Lever is just being himself and thanks to his comic eye-balls and expressions, he is always a delight to watch.

Tamannaah should go back to South India and work there as she is at least respected there. Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood, the two super actors are great in their comedy-villain roles and do manage to make you laugh at times.

Now, coming to the real hero of the film, ‘Entertainment’ the cute golden retriever is super delightful in his role. It’s hard to not get entertained when there are dogs or cute babies involved, but the poor dog is helpless and cannot manage to entertain us much. If only dogs could speak, he would have peed on the script before rejecting the film.

Akshay Kumar manages to hog the limelight, when supposedly it should have been dog the limelight.

I think the reason why such films are called slapstick comedies is that after watching them you either feel like slapping the writers or beating them with sticks.

Entertainment does provide a good funny start but as the movie proceeds, it numbs your brains. It has its funny moments but definitely not worth spending your money on. Watch it when it comes on DVD or TV.

Komal is a cinéaste, who believes she was born to love films. Apart from working as assistant Director in Bollywood, she finds herself doing photography or watching Simpsons. “All I have in life is my imagination and I love it that way!”