‘Sordid and Derivatives’: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s Film Midnight in the Switchgrass Is Saved by Critics… But Some Reviews Praise Their Performances
A real-life celebrity couple filming together rarely ends well, which appears to be the case with Megan Fox and her boyfriend, Machine Gun Kelly.
Fox and the rapper — real name Colson Baker — famously met at the beginning of Midnight at Switchgrass in March of last year and while it made for a passionate romance, the experience resulted in a poorly reviewed film.
The thriller — about two FBI agents investigating a string of murders that appear to be related — was blasted by critics on Thursday, resulting in a disappointing 17% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Ouch: Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s film Midnight in the Switchgrass is underwhelming by critics
Fox, 35, and Baker, 31, both skipped the film’s premiere this week, which was attended by its director Randall Emmett and his Vanderpump Rules fiancé La La Kent.
The rapper plays a pimp in an uncredited role, while Fox takes a lead as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi, starring alongside Bruce Willis.
The New York Times’ Ben Kenigsberg called the project ‘weird and derivative’, saying ‘frankly, no one bothered to fix the onscreen text.’
Role: The rapper plays a pimp in an uncredited role, while Fox takes a lead as FBI agent Rebecca Lombardi, starring alongside Bruce Willis
Let It All Begin: Fox and rapper — real name Colson Baker — famously met at the beginning of Midnight at Switchgrass in March of last year
No show: Fox, 35, and Baker, 31, both skipped the film’s premiere this week (featured at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards in May of this year)
The review continued, “The atmosphere is utterly dull without being specific, and everything about the film – the emotionless line readings, the half-baked back stories – feels like a brief functionality.
Mark Hanson of Slant Magazine gave the film zero stars, saying: ‘Randall Emmett’s directorial debut is indistinguishable from the score of the cheap VOD action thriller he has produced to date.’
The Hollywood Reporter called it “the first film with a poor plot and anguished performance” that “doesn’t come close to meeting even the lowest of expectations.”
Red carpet: Director Randall Emmett and his Vanderpump Rules fiancé La La Kent appear at the film’s LA premiere this week
However, the same review notes that one of the most surprisingly good parts is Machine Gun Kelly, who is “the most consistent and invested” in the cast.
The review said, “With such a star-powered lineup, some juicy acting is to be expected, but some performances have a call-in quality—as if the actors didn’t want to be there.”
Film writer Tessa Smith, although giving the film a one-star review, praised Fox, saying: ‘Megan Fox has an exceptional performance on Bruce Willis, who was an absolute jerk, but that too can’t save the film.’