Unfortunately, the script, such as it is, badly overreaches, incorporating local news coverage that elevates Riley into some sort of folk hero — a wrinkle that’s as silly as it is out of place given the general tone, yielding unintentional chuckles. And even allowing for the conventions of the genre it’s difficult to completely divorce the cartoonish racial component from the current political climate, unfolding against a backdrop of Los Angeles that’s more dystopian frontier than functional metropolis.
Garner has another project coming close on the heels of this one, starring in the HBO comedy “Camping,” which premieres in October. However that series turns out, it would be nice if it was good enough to help erase the bad taste that “Peppermint” leaves behind.
“Peppermint” premieres Sept. 7 in the U.S. It’s rated R.