this looks like a big budget ABC afterschool special.
LOL, true. The first film was okay, but no great shakes. I like the fact these films are centered around a small group of friends. I've given up complaining about awful CGI. It's a given. It's kinda weird because CGI in animated films continue to improve and break new grounds. Just look at the advancements in character animation in the Dragon films? But CGI in live action films looks more cartoonish.