The Man From Toronto Movie Review (2022)

Teddy’s latest pitch is to his boxing boss, Marty, who has kept him despite the fact that the marketing brochures Teddy made do not mention the address of the gym. Lori believes that her husband’s latest idea has value, which makes me question her common sense. Teddy wants to promote “contactless” boxing, a cardio workout where people hit but no one gets hit. Back in my amateur training days, we called it “shadow boxing,” but what do I know? I’m an old man and sadly out of touch with the ideas of today’s young whippersnappers. Marty is old too – he thinks it’s the dumbest idea he’s ever heard.

Teddy is so incompetent that he can not even perform a simple task like planning a special evening for his wife’s birthday. Of course, the high stakes on his current attempts will be made even higher. This brings us to the plot with erroneous identity. Thanks to “low toner” in his printer, Teddy misidentifies the address of the cabin he rented for Lori’s birthday outing. People say “low tones” so many times in “The Man from Toronto” that a drinking game could be based on it. Unfortunately, Teddy’s mistake leads him to the one cabin in Onancock, Virginia, which contains one that The Man From Toronto was to torture. The guys think they hired Teddy. Hell breaks loose as expected when the real thing shows up.

You know what happens next. Through principles of Roger Ebert‘s Idiot Plot Theory, TMFT is stuck with Teddy as he maneuvers his way through the assassination story. For reasons I do not have enough words to explain, the FBI is also pressuring Teddy to endanger himself. Meanwhile, the FBI keeps Lori busy getting her dragged on shopping trips and spa visits by a sexy male agent who she believes is acting on Teddy’s behalf. None of this is extremely credible because the script of Robbie Fox and Chris Bremner consistently, Teddy has said and done things that no one in his position would be stupid enough to do. Hart is a master at speaking out of situations, so this should have provided comic benefits. But not even his stand-up abilities can make this dialogue work.

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