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Matt Pais’s “Sexy New Clothes” Digs a Shallow Grave for “The Counselor”

In response to Matt Pais’s 392‑word review of The Counselor on RedEye,0,7058437.column

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Matt Pais’s “‘The Counselor’ review: The chatty emperor’s sexy new clothes” has an unfortunate title and an even more unfortunate reliance on a video preamble to what is a pretty slight review that leaves little impact on the reader.

The part of the video that focuses on The Counselor is entertaining enough, and at least offers a more compelling argument than the text that follows it. The problem is that only half the video is actually spent on The Counselor. The second half of the video is spent on Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” which is odd considering it’s not mentioned in the title of the review or anywhere in the text.

The text review itself is short, coming in at under 400 words. It seems like a lot more could be said about the subject at hand, but the whole thing has the air of being rushed. There is a stab at sexy innuendo in an attempt to be edgy, an overuse of parentheses, and the occasional use of exclamation points to make the review seem more exciting than it really is.

There’s not a whole lot of substance once you get past the gimmicks of sexy new clothes, though, and that is why it is ultimately a disappointing read. Pais confuses skimpy for sexy, and this review is definitely the former rather than the latter.    

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