Bill Cosby jumped the gun on the critics by publicly bad-mouthing his own "Leonard Part 6." But--as early reviews pointed out--it's not as if the Cos didn't have an awful lot to do creatively with the pic, which Columbia's just released. After all, he produced and wrote the story on which the script's based.
(We'll hazard a synopsis: Former secret service agent Cos un-retires because of a sinister plot concocted by a villainess to turn the world's animals into people-killers. Attacks follow by lobsters, frogs, fish, et al.)
We surveyed the reviews of local critics, and it was tough to find a kind word about "L6." The L.A. Daily News' Michael Healy tried to look on the bright side--sort of: "The only good thing about 'Leonard Part 6' is that it all but assures there will not be a Leonard Part 7." As for trying to explain the storyline, it "drains one's will to live almost as severely as viewing the movie does."
The pic's extensive product placements also got trashed (in particular, there are lotsa Cokes on view--since Coke is the parent company of Columbia). "What's truly appalling about 'Leonard' is the way that Cosby continues to exploit his image and position to sell, sell, sell--everything in sight," wrote the Orange County Register's Jim Emerson.