Please Don’t Watch Our Movie

It’s become a usual occurrence for a Hollywood studio to refuse to screen a new movie for critics if they think it is unlikely to get good reviews, and in many cases, critics have actually been “disinvited” – told specifically not to review a given film. That was supposed to be the case with Sony’s new comedy, The Benchwarmers – only someone forgot to tell a few critics in Florida, who gave the Rob Schneider vehicle the blistering reviews it probably deserved. Sony’s response was to accuse the critics of “sneaking” into the film (and into a roped-off row marked “press,” as one critic points out) and lie to other newspapers about the reviews.