Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. Some language and sexually suggestive situations, such as an author who cheats on her husband who is writing a trashy romantic novel. It’s actually lighter-than-normal PG-13 fare, but won’t really be interesting to anyone younger than teenagers.
The documentary style that ‘Authors Anonymous’ tries to use to tell the story of struggling writers furious at one of their friends’ success never comes together. Coupled with an unsurprising script and unbelievable characters, ‘Authors Anonymous’ is disappointingly amateurish.
By Roxana Hadadi
We have to accept that there is no escaping the mockumentary format, and when it’s done right, it’s hard to dislike: “Best in Show” or “Borat,” or on television, “Parks and Recreation” and the British version of “The Office.” The mix of straightforward narrative and breaking-the-fourth-wall asides can do wonders for comedy structure and delivery. But if a film is unclear on how to use the mockumentary format, then it’s never going to succeed; you need supreme confidence to make it work. Which is why “Authors Anonymous,” on top of its clichéd storyline and underwritten characters, is such an unfulfilling viewing experience. It can’t figure out which kind of movie it wants to be.