Congratulations to the folks at Vulture, who lucked upon a crabby Mickey Rourke at a recent party for Scream 4, where the actor called his new film, Passion Play, “terrible” and questioned the talents of his costar, Megan Fox. The comments caused such a stir that Rourke was forced to reach out to Vulture and apologize, a rare feat indeed. Don’t forget that Rourke’s career went dark after the actor refused to play the Hollywood game (rule number one: don’t say what’s really on your mind), and now that he’s enjoying his second chance, he’s trying hard not to muck it up. Anyway, Passion Play already screened at Toronto, and Mickey Rourke isn’t the only one who thinks it sucks.
Rope of Silicon: “I have no idea why this film was ever made…Passion Play is a bunch of silliness that plays out for 91 minutes and then disappears never to be heard from again.”
JoBlo: “Frankly, the best thing for everyone involved with PASSION PLAY would be for this film to never see the light of day. They should accept the loss and burn the negative, as there’s no way this will be even remotely successful if and when it comes out. It’s just such a disastrously bad film that the only way it can possibly work is as an unintentional comedy.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “If the degree of laughter at the wrong moments and the number of walkouts at the Toronto International Film Festival are any indication, the film will appeal only to the most fondly indulgent.”
The Playlist: “Sophomoric, pedestrian and hokey beyond words, Mitch Glazer’s excruciating romantic fairytale “Passion Play” is a cliche-riddled, risible and utterly painful experience that boasts hallmark sentiments and TV movie-of-the-week sensibilities mixed in a disastrous attempt to make a love story about unearned redemption.”
So to answer the question posed in the title of this post: Nope.