The original series was way, way before my time and judging by Youtube clips, it was the '80's standard catapulting Depp into stardom. I wasn't too sure about its merits, 20 or so years later, and had a hell of a time trying to figure out the role of Jonah Hill in this one.
No high expectations there, especially since I hold Channing Tatum in no high regard. But, these days, it seems as if he's everywhere and this sudden interest to put him into whatever roles that are out there reminds me of Mark Wahlberg's transition from music to movies and his subsequent ever-presence in almost every genre.
Having said all this, it's not as bad as I initially thought. On the contrary, it gives quite a number of laugh outloud moments and even though the cliches are there and the plot in itself hasn't got too much to offer (I presume the sequel is in the works), it's a decent movie to watch, if you're up for shits and giggles.
Depp's cameo may or may not come as a surprise and once the movie eventually comes to it, nobody really cares that much - that is, if you're a die hard fan of the '80's show, then I suppose you'll be terribly disappointed.
As a comedy, and a stand-alone movie, it's worth your shot - heaven knows, there are a lot worse things out there and if you decide to be picky about it, there's not much you're actually gonna go and see. Convinced you yet?
6.5 out of 10