After a tiring day, there is a possibility of you doffing yourself on a couch and switching on the telly. You’d opt for some light-hearted comedy rather than some thought-provoking piece (that could put you right off). Probably just another way of jolting you back to reality, and get going the next day! Sextuplets on Netflix swings neither this way or that! Considering there are tonnes of graphic work and trick photography involved, Micheal Tiddes has done a good job of directing the rather predictable plot. Don Burgess has worked wonderfully well on the cinematography, rendering the desired flavour as penned down by Marlon Wayanas. However, the plot is discounted on a lot of unexplainable aspects.
Allan (role essayed by Marlon Wayans) and Marie (played by Bresha Webb) are just on the verge of welcoming their firstborn. There’s an overwhelming bout of joy, but Alan’s faced by a teeny-weeny predicament. While Marie is well aware of her family history, Alan is oblivious of his (because he was raised in an orphanage)! Marie’s father who is a judge helps Alan with a document from the orphanage that will take him back to his family. Alan cannot contain his joy and gleefully opens the document. His life turns a complete summersault thereafter! He excitedly makes his way to meet his mother, and he bumps into his cereal-loving brother Russel (played by Marlon Wayans). It’s at his mother’s place he learns that they’re ‘sextuplets’. The duo sets out on a journey to find the other four siblings. The ‘uncanny resemblance’ of the sibling, assayed by the great Marlon Wayans himself becomes quite a joke in the flick. The trip comes alive with adventure, nasty jokes that are fresh out of the imagination of an armature’s wit! The jokes have a dwindling effect on the viewers compelling them to watch the other half of the movie probably on the next day. What is even more stupid is that the story is very predictable. The research on sextuplets isn’t on point and pretty much discounts on the importance of the plot. The comic timing suffers greatly. The puns fizzle out like the gas from pop soda! The plus lies in the production. One can easily tell this is a low budget film that has been aesthetically produced. Details on the set dot all I’s and cross all T’s. Marlon Wayans simply dishes out his versatile acting skills with panache. He takes to a number of parts and each part gets better with the enriching complex elements. Yet, each of the parts played by him are not capable of being held together on a single plane. Perhaps Lawrance Jordan’s editing skills are also put to test here. If there was a little attention paid to detail on the editing, the Netflix original could have procured a far-fetching reach.
There were several elements that were hanging loosely here. Perhaps it wouldn’t be erroneous to state that the movie started with a bang and ended somewhat in a space that could leave viewer’s to think ‘What the hell just happened ….?’ Rating: 2/5 (Watch the film on Netflix here)