I’m never against a film that has a ridiculous and unique premise. That’s not what makes Bad Johnson somewhat unfavorable. There’s a lot more to it.
For one, you dislike the film’s antagonist too much. It gets to a point where his wronging exceeds what we would consider fair for the protagonist. We can’t laugh at it. Much similar to my feelings towards Neighbors.
There is hardly an established setting. I figured out that we were in Chicago after awhile, but the film doesn’t lend us a hand at all. The jokes are almost never reflexively funny and there’s too much use of narrative obstructions to keep us interested. It’s only employed as a cheap technique to keep the audience interested during slow-movie scenes.
The film is about Rich (Cam Gigandet) who finds himself ruining every relationship he’s in because of his sex addiction. He wishes that his genitals would leave him alone, so the next morning he wakes up without them. There is no reason behind this phenomenon. No fountain with a coin thrown into. No shooting star. No wishbone. It’s just accepted information that’s handed to us. And if that’s not ridiculous enough, Rich’s penis now takes on a human form, of who we ever-so-creatively refer to as “RP”.
Rich’s love interest, Lindsay (Katherine Cunningham), has a good head on her shoulders–that’s why Rich likes her so much. She’s sure of herself and sees past all the BS that life throws her way. But then why is she so easily tricked by RP’s so very transparent lies? There also seems to be no concern for the fact that Rich lied to her about his past, and in fact cheated on several of his ex-girlfriends. Instead, she just accepts that he will “be good” and waves off all hesitation. Because when you think about it, she doesn’t even really know him that well either. They went on like, 3 dates.
But this movie isn’t completely terrible. It has some decent dialogue and isn’t at a “so bad it’s good” level. The quality of the film isn’t what we’re used to, but that can’t affect our overall enjoyment. For a sex comedy, it’s never grotesque. And it’s actually so ludicrous that we can’t look away.
A lot of times films of this nature have trouble giving us characters to like. In this case, there are a couple. The only problem is that I grew not to like Lindsay anymore. So why would I want Rich to end up with her? It doesn’t make sense why he would want to either!
Oh well. He’ll probably end up cheating on her anyway.