Goofy, well-intentioned and not particularly good, “The 2 Bobs” is a mad-lib love letter to the city of Austin — the tech industry, barbecue and a billion other disparate elements have been swirled together into a shambolic comedy about how the brilliant, socially inept founders of a gaming company, both named Bob, lose the title they spent years coding and are forced out into the harsh daylight to attempt, with backup from some friends, to retrieve it. Because it’s written and directed by Tim McCanlies, who scripted “The Iron Giant” and, less excellently, “Secondhand Lions” (which he also helmed), the film has more recognizable faces than you’d expect, given its scale. Jay Chandrasekhar plays a villainous spam entrepreneur, Mika Boorem’s the token geek girl and “The Perfect Score”‘s Leonardo Lam, who I’d happily watch in anything, hams it up a gothy art director with an affected English accent that keeps slipping. It’s easy to understand why someone would want to make a film celebrating all things Austin, but when characters literally look out at the skyline and say “Austin’s a great city,” you’re probably pushing a little hard. For what it’s worth, though, “The 2 Bobs” is the first film I’ve ever encountered to incorporate a line about VPN access, and I imagine it’ll be the last.
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