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Splinter

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Greg Kriesel, Dexter Holland, ...

Splinter

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
82 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/31/08
performer:
Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo
director:
Toby Wilkins
distributor:
Magnet
author:
Kai Barry, Ian Shorr, Toby Wilkins
genre:
Horror

We gave it a B-

The Offspring seem like two different bands: One’s a passel of punk rockers specializing in gallop-tempo anthems; the other’s a bunch of wiseasses who traffic in clever novelty-rock tunes. In the second incarnation, they’re pretty fly, but when they play it straight they sound too much like, well, white guys. Splinter, album No. 7 from these Left Coasters, features a few snarky belly busters, like ”The Worst Hangover Ever” and ”When You’re in Prison,” and rather too much of the straight-ahead stuff. Sure, the Offspring pack a lot of punch, but you sorta find yourself wishing they’d give birth to a pure comedy CD just once.