This comedy is based on the 1950’s sitcom originally starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. Ralph Kramden (Cedric the Entertainer) is a bus driver in New York City and always thinks up ideas to get rich quick. When his best friend, Ed Norton (Mike Epps), who works in the sewer, finds an old train car below the streets, they plan to use it for giving tours of New York City. In order to get started, however, they must use money that was saved to buy a house. After spending all the money and then failing, the two guys must come up with a plan to get the money back in the bank before Ralph’s wife, Alice (Gabrielle Union), finds out. As Ralph and Ed are walking and thinking, they find a dog in a sack in a dumpster. After seeing how fast the dog runs, they decide to race the dog at the dog track, which leads them down another trail of bumbling mishaps.
I am pleasantly surprised that Cedric the Entertainer kept the foul language somewhat under control. He didn’t use any profanities and didn’t use the f-word. How delightful he was as Ralph Kramden. At times he even sounded like Jackie Gleason. This film was much better than I thought it would be. Gabrielle Union was fabulous as Alice, Ralph’s wife. Ralph is so busy trying get rich quick schemes that he totally ignores what his wife really wants, which is a house that she can turn into a home. Because of all of his business ideas and Alice’s unhappiness that Ralph spends all their money on them, Ralph resorts to lying and withholding information from his lovely wife. He even says, “Too much honesty ruins a good relationship.”
The reason Dove cannot award the Dove Seal to The Honeymooners is because of foul language. There is strong profanity, and Ralph isn’t even the one saying it. In this remake, it’s Alice who has the foul mouth, when she feels Ralph is up to no good. It was totally unnecessary. This could have been a very cute film if the writers and studio would have eliminated all the gratuitous foul language.