Raise your goblet of rock, folks, because it's Rock Week on Dancing With the Stars. Each couple once again hit the dance floor and strutted their moves to some of the greatest rock songs of all time. From week one, I've said this is an exceptionally talented group of stars all across the board. In fact, based off of last week's 5-point score difference, it could very well be a record breaking season. However, it seems all the hard work is finally taking its toll on some of the couples.
While the talent is still highly impressive, everyone's scores took a significant drop this week. Of course, it's important to keep in mind that we're now four weeks into the competition, so the judges are really starting to crack the technical whip. But it's still a bit disconcerting to see the entire group take such a drastic tumble down the scoreboard, especially when they all did so well just last week. So now that the rankings are now completely out of whack, it's safe to say that everyone's confidence has definitely been shaken.
Check out the scores below (from highest to lowest) and see if you agree with the judges' scores this week:
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Paso Doble: "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix
Score: 27 out of 30
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Tango: "School's Out" by Alice Cooper
Score: 26 out of 30
Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower
Viennese Waltz: "The Time of My Life" by David Cook
Score: 26 out of 30
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Paso Doble: "Time Is Running Out" by Muse
Score: 24 out of 30
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Tango: "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones
Score: 23 out of 30
William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Jive: "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister
Score: 22 out of 30
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Tango: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
Score: 22 out of 30
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Paso Doble: "Conquest" by The White Stripes
Score: 22 out of 30
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
Tango: "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Quiet Riot
Score: 21 out of 30
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Tango: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
Score: 20 out of 30
What did you think of tonight's set of outstanding performances? Will this significant change in the rankings affect who will go home Tuesday night? Check back tomorrow night to find out who is eliminated. Dancing With the Stars' result show airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyBean0415. More: 'DWTS' Top 10 Revealed: Did Voters Get It Right? 'DWTS': Who Went Home? See the Results Here! 'DWTS' Top 11 Recap: Proof Season 14 Is the Best Season Ever
Let's see there's successful and wealthy businessman Malcolm King (Anthony Anderson) who's pretty much an a**hole all the time. There's the vindictive soon-to-be ex-wife (Kallita Smith) who wants to rake him over the coals. There's the overworked underappreciated employee (Nicole Parker) who gets passed over for a promotion. There's the really really dumb mistress (Regina Hall) who doesn't do much but jiggle--and get promotions. There's the dimwitted local bumpkin (Jay Mohr) who simply needs money and any amount will do. This crazy bunch all decide at the exact same moment to kidnap King including the man himself who concocts his plan to get out of paying his wife millions in a divorce settlement. And when it all goes haywire King ends up getting a taste of his own medicine. Are you laughing yet? I thought so.
Why WHY would anyone in their right mind sign up to do this movie? And there's a lot of comedic talent in it too just piddled away. Anthony Anderson is of course at the top of the list. He's turned in hilarious supporting performances in Cradle 2 the Grave and Barbershop and even in stinkers like Kangaroo Jack. But he chooses King's Ransom as his first leading role and that's a real shame. Maybe like his character Anderson will learn a valuable lesson from this. But the biggest disappointment is Jay Mohr who seems to be a glutton for punishment these days. The Adventures of Pluto Nash Are We There Yet? and now this? He needs to sit down and remember how it once was--Jerry Maguire anyone?--and how funny he can be.
Sure I can appreciate a wacky farce when it's done well. A group of people with a mission to get back at an insufferable idiot a case of mistaken identity mix-ups and switcheroos girls with big breasts ex-cons a farting old hag--yes if put together properly it can be funny. But under the guidance of newbie director Jeff Byrd King's Ransom fails miserably. Here's a highlight: Mohr's put-upon character beats the crap out of a giant walking hamburger in a fit of inspired rage. Stop it! My sides are hurting.
Nate Johnson (Cedric the Entertainer) an insurance agent thinks it would be a great idea to take his estranged wife and three children to his family reunion in Missouri by car from California. Nate's motives are sincere enough: He is separated from his wife Dorothy (Vanessa Williams) who has custody of teenagers Nikki (Solange Knowles) DJ (Bow Wow) and Destiny (Gabby Soleil) and hopes the road trip will help them bond as a family and with any luck re-ignite that loving feeling with the mother of his children. But everything that can go wrong does even before the trip begins. Nate brings his SUV into the shop to have an 8-track tape player installed in order to listen to his old Motown classics but what he gets is something straight out of MTV's Pimp My Ride although not even West Coast Customs would do something this gaudy. Off they go in their Burberry-outfitted low-rider Lincoln Navigator complete with four TVs and 26-inch Spinners. Vehicle with up-to-the-minute gadgetry notwithstanding the Johnsons encounter every clichéd road trip disaster including running out of gas and needing a pay phone. It's hard to figure out what's more trite--the journey to Missouri or what happens when they actually get there.
Cedric the Entertainer's trademark observational comedy which made him stand out as a cast member of The Steve Harvey Show simply isn't enough to carry an entire film. Cedric is truly the only funny thing Johnson Family Vacation has going for it and he has a few gags that are simply hilarious including a scene in which he bans CDs from artists who have been shot like Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. from being played in the car. Imagine his dismay when his wife points out that also includes Marvin Gaye "who was shot by his daddy--twice." But the comedian's arsenal of jokes--no matter how witty--do not a story make. Speaking of wasted talent the casting of stunning Williams as Nate's wife Dorothy is quite baffling. While Cedric the Entertainer could be married to someone this hot poor Nate probably couldn't. Nonetheless the quick-witted Williams holds her own next to one of the Original Kings of Comedy. Seventeen-year-old Bow Wow has worked hard to prove that he's not just a flash in the pan--and it's worked for the most part. He proved with Like Mike that he can act but the role of DJ here gets buried in this lousy film.
Christopher Erskin who makes his directorial debut here delivers a mess of a movie despite having squeezed out everything he could from his stars. Visually the sets resemble skits on a TV variety show rather than professional feature film sets the worst being the sequences where the family is in the SUV--almost half the entire film. To wit: you see them driving with the same scenery in the background--it's like in the The Flintstones when Fred would drive past the same palm tree next to the same rock house again and again. You can't help but picture the actors sitting in the Lincoln Navigator prop car in front of a large blue screen windows rolled down with a wind machine pointed at them. Matching the abysmal visuals are writers Todd R and Earl Richey Jones' ill-paced script. The film drags as the Johnson family encounters unoriginal setbacks and the end is not even a payoff; it's punishment. See the film doesn't end when family finally reaches Missouri: Moviegoers must the sit through the actual reunion and the Johnson family's Brady Bunch-style musical performance costumes and all. The only moment of brief relief is Steve Harvey's guest appearance as Nate's brother. But wait! It doesn't even end then--we have to follow the family back home to California.