The new take on the Jonathan Swift classic Gulliver's Travels drifts so far away from the source; it hardly qualifies as an adaptation. It’s more of a goofy and light approach to the story, which is all good and fun; except that it lacks the excitement needed to revitalise an old classic. Even if we put the source material comparison aside, we’re still left with an embarrassingly lazy film peppered with mild toilet humour.

Black is called in to play his usual chubby and lovable slacker self, this time named Gulliver. Gulliver has been working in the mail room of a news publication for the last ten years. So when a young new employee confronts him about his dead-end career and non-existent love life, Gulliver decides to hit two birds with one stone and apply for a writing position with the beautiful editor that he secretly loves.

Lacking any real writing skills, Gulliver simply copies travel articles from a website and submits them as his own. Impressed by his writing, the editor hires him and sends him off on a writing assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. Gulliver takes a boat all by himself, and after being caught in a turbulent storm in the middle of the ocean, he wakes up on an island populated by tiny people. The rest of the journey sees him helping the tiny people fight their enemies, and involves him putting off fires with a stream of his own urine.

Gulliver's Travels is strictly a one-Black-show projected in 3D so that viewers can fully enjoy the contours of his behind in all its three-dimensional glory. Black does his usual juvenile shtick; but what was once cool and edgy in School of Rock loses its appeal in this film. The jokes are cheap, forced and – unlike Black’s belly – completely flat.

Gulliver's Travels falls short on action or any sort of visual spectacle. Save for the end that features a giant’s battle best described as 'Wild Wild West meets Japanese Godzilla,' the 3D element doesn’t add that much to the viewing experience. The best thing that could be said about the new Gulliver’s Travels is that it isn’t a bad film; just a dumb and boring one.