Directed by John Schultz, starring Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Eric Stoltz and John Leguizamo.

Sitcoms provide fast food humour, digestible in short chunks, but which have to be injected with a meatier plot and extra clever lines to transfer successfully to the big screen.

Adapted from the 1950s sitcom starring comic performer Jackie Gleason, 'The Honeymooners' sports fewer decent lines and less imagination than a well below average 25-minute sitcom - making it a borderline embarrassing, 89-minute ordeal.

New York city bus driver Ralph (Cedric the Entertainer) and his sewer worker mate Ed (Epps) are trying to rustle up some quick cash to replace squandered savings so their wives (Union and Hall) can get together a deposit for a house.

Ralph is a poor imitation Del Boy with past scams such as velvet bum bags or Y2K survival kits unsurprisingly eating up his cash and annoying his wife. With hopes now pinned on an antique train and a greyhound found in a skip things aren't looking promising, and the lads start calling in old debts and busking in the park and that's it - the end.

Well, not quite, there is a pantomime-type subplot with a property developer (Stoltz, not bad) playing the stereotypical evil, big, bad white businessman who also has his eye on the house.

In the original sitcom Jackie Gleason threatened to punch his wife Audrey Meadows to the moon but that would not really do for the modern audience. Instead we get the sitcom standard good-for-nothing husband and frustrated wife without the wild desperation and volcanic temper of Gleason to add a bit of spice.

John Leguizamo - soon to be seen in 'ER' and 'Land of the Dead' - is funny enough as a raspy voiced dog whisperer called Dodge and Gabrielle Union does the best she can with a dodgy script that it took four writers to come up with (too many cooks...).

If 'Fawlty Towers' was remade in a B&B in Liverpool with the cast from the latest 'Big Brother' - you would get similar quality. A classic of its time, 'The Honeymooners' should have been left in peace instead of being unnecessarily trussed up and wheeled out for an audience that will not even have heard of the original.

Mary McCarthy