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Ricky Stanicky review: Zac Efron leads a broad comedy that completely bungles its tone

Ricky Stanicky review: Zac Efron leads a broad comedy that completely bungles its tone

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free Around six years ago, director and screenwriter Peter Farrelly ditched the world of gross-out comedies (Shallow Hal; Dumb and Dumber; Stuck on You) in favour of glibly sentimental tales set in fraught periods of American history. Green Book, about segregation in the American South, remains the worst Best Picture winner in recent memory, while the Greatest Beer Run Ever, set during the Vietnam War, came and went with barely a whisper. With Ricky Stanicky, Farrelly tries to slide back into old habits only to end up stuck, tonally, halfway. The Ricky of its title is a character dreamt up by three childhood best friends, Dean (Zac Efron), JT (Andrew Santino), and Wes (Jermaine Fowler) – an imaginary troublemaker they conveniently blamed all their juvenile pranks on. But they’re adults now. So, instead of Ricky giving them a free pass to menace society, he’s instead become the catch-all excuse they use …

AI Search Engine Bungles Facts When Profiled by the New York Times

AI Search Engine Bungles Facts When Profiled by the New York Times

Oops. Perplexed There’s a new-ish artificial intelligence-powered search engine on the scene — but in a high-visibility debut, it was caught lacking. In a profile for the New York Times, tech columnist Kevin Roose said that he tried the Perplexity search engine, a year-old ad-free Google alternative built on models from OpenAI, Meta, and Anthropic, for “several weeks” to see how well it compared to its more established competitors. Although Roose ultimately gave Perplexity a positive review despite its lack of business model, he admitted that he had something of an ulterior motive for wanting to look into it. “I’m also scared that AI search engines could destroy my job, and that the entire digital media industry could collapse as a result of products like [it],” he wrote. “But I’m getting ahead of myself.” When it came to “complicated or open-ended searches,” like finding date night spots or venues within a particular budget, Roose wrote that the AI engine reigned. But for simple factual queries, such as the date for Novak Djokovic’s forthcoming tennis matches, it …