Comedies are one of those genres that probably have more films coming straight to video than any other genre. More often than not it is pretty obvious why they get this release, but somehow they still manage to get some recognizable stars. The latest 2nd Serve stars Cougar Town’s Josh Hopkins and Shamless’ Cameron Monaghan, but do they have the functioning comedy around them to make for a good film?
2nd Serve follows a former tennis star who takes a job at a public racquet club where he leads a ragtag group of oddball pros to a showdown against a rival team of his former co-workers from an affluent country club. This is one of those movies that sports a bit of a standard format that has been seen numerous times. There is nothing really stand out about this film, but it tries really hard to make the most of it. The performances are all pretty average, but work fine enough to make this film work. There are some funny moments, but its all stuff you have seen in other films and usually done a bit better. The big issue is that it seems like some of the moments could have worked better had they spent a little more time to get the right reactions or shots, but for whatever reason be it budget or time it looks like they just settled. Hopkins does a good job leading the film and has the charisma and comedy abilities to be a leading man, which he shows here and in Cougar Town, but he just needs a better film to showcase it.
Imagine films like Dodgeball and you get the gist of this film but with a lower budget. This makes for a decent rental, especially if you are a fan of any of those in it, just know that it’s pretty average and will most likely not resonate with those that do not grasp lower budget aspect of filmmaking.