Critic: ‘After Earth’ like bar mitzvah, with Will Smith as daddy cantor

Will and Jaden Smith in a scene from the 2013 film

Will and Jaden Smith in a scene from the 2013 film “After Earth.” (Columbia Pictures)

From Alonso Duralde of “The Wrap“:

Granted, Will Smith isn’t behind the camera here — that unhappy task has fallen to M. Night Shyamalan, who’s still basically the trustee of Movie Jail after “Lady in the Water,” “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender.” Still, the elder Smith gets a “Story by” and executive producer credit, making “After Earth” the equivalent of a very expensive bar mitzvah, one where dad’s a successful cantor and his son could have used another month in Hebrew school.

I don’t know… The Fresh Prince on the bimah sounds sort of cool. Even if the kid’s Torah reading needs some work.

But I’m from Philly.

Ami Eden is JTA’s CEO and editor in chief, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency’s operations, including editorial, business, marketing and fundraising. Before joining JTA in the summer of 2007, he served as executive editor of the Forward newspaper and the founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward Web site. He also worked as an editor of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia.