Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

Kick Ass – 2010, 0 stars, R

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

This movie is not what I expected at all.  I wonder why, the marketing for this movie makes it look like a funny kid, super hero movie.  Well, it’s funny to those that think microwaving a man, or a 11 year old girl with a bazooka is cool.

I am not a parent, but there were some things in this movie that don’t belong.  I am a huge fan of action movies, shoot em ups, good guy gets bad guy, etc.  But, I am not for dark humor that has children intertwined in this level of violent acts.  And we wonder why children are getting killed at school.  I’m not blaming Hollywood, however they do hold some responsibility for marketing that is actually marketing the movie, the real movie.

I don’t care if this was based off a comic book.  A motion picture is more impressionable on children because as we know, they watch a lot of TV.  A comic book still has some words on the page, and most of the children out there today, don’t pick up reading material easily; even a comic book.

Roger Ebert says it all, the film is “morally reprehensible.”  I concur.  I guess I am just more conservative for most of the audiences today.  Call me old fashioned, but this film is ridiculous.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009, ****, PG

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Character Voices:  Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg (yes-the “Jizz in My Pants” and “I’m on a Boat” video dude / comedian)

 

This inspired movie from a children’s book, is one fun-foodie loving animation!  I think it’s every kid’s, and maybe even some adults dream to have their favorite food fall from the sky at an given second of the day.  Let the stress go, and watch this animated flick.

 

Inventor, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader, Voice, “Year One,” “Night at the Museum: “Battle of the Smithsonian”), thinks he’s a genius, however nothing seems to work out quite the way he wants, until one day in his sardine selling town has tons of food choices, and all because of a mishap on Lockwood’s part—he somehow came up with a machine that turns water into food.

 

Now, this might seem awesome to everyone at first, then the invention gets unruly and the food gets larger than expected, making turmoil for everyone, especially the reporter, turned weather lady, Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, Voice, “Scary Movie” Series, “House Bunny,” “The Hot Chick.”)

 

This is a great animated movie, and for everyone!  It’s simply irresistible like a nice juicy cheeseburger, and some of your favorite ice cream for dessert! Check this one out today, on DVD via Netflix or Pay Per View.

A Lot like Love, 2005, PG-13, **

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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This is definitely not your typical Kutcher film.  It’s not that complete moron Michael Kelso from that 70’s show or the other moron who can’t find his car (Dude Where’s My Car?, Ashton Kutcher, Sean William Scott).  Ashton is toned down a bit from his usual antics.

It’s definitely a “funky kind of love” that Kutcher (Oliver) and Amanda Peet (Emily) show for one another from the start.  They abruptly get together in the bathroom of an airplane.  Now, saying that would make you think it was a one time deal, but these two seem to hit if off “so to speak”. 

Over the next couple years they get back together each time because one of them has gone through a break up and the other needs companionship.  It seems as though they are destined to be together but neither will admit to it.  Although the story does drag here and there you will definitely appreciate the funny moments throughout the story.

From road trips, photos, hang outs, bad break ups filled with heartache, the quirky pair finally make their decision about one another once and for all. 

Valentine’s Day, 2010, **1/2 PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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This Valentine’s Flick has an outstanding cast of veteran actors such as Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts (and her niece, Emma Roberts) as well as new talent, like Taylor Swift, the country singer, and Taylor Lautner, the “Twilight,” and “New Moon” hottie; Bradley Cooper from last years best comedy, “Hangover,” as well as Ashton Kutcher, Grey’s Anatomy’s, Patrick Dempsey, Sin City’s Jessica Alba, and Elektra herself, Jennifer Garner, among others.

 

I believe this was a very well done, intertwined ultimate love-day story.  There is something for everyone in this romantic comedy.  Everything turns out alright in the end, the way love is intended to be.  You simply can’t miss Ashton Kutcher as a florist shop owner!

 

I can say that is it not in an way sappy, but funny, and fun for girls, and guys.  The dos and dont’s of dating, and what it really means to be a true friend, and loved one is what you will grasp from this feature.  Catch this one on DVD.

The Ugly Truth, 2009, *1/2, PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring:  Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler

 

This movie was disappointing.  It’s your typical romantic comedy, but it seemed like certain scenes were unfinished, and there was way too much back and forth banter, and not enough action!

 

Essentially Gerard Buter plays Mike, the raunchy late night host of, “The Ugly Truth.”  He talks about why women are crazy, and all men care about is the way a woman looks.  Katherine Heigl plays Abby, a producer of a Sacramento morning show/news program.  The ratings are low during sweeps month, and her manager decides to hire Butler to do his Ugly Truth program on the show.   

 

As expected Abby (Heigl, “Knocked Up”) is furious with this decision, but slowly begins to realize Mike (Butler, “PS I Love You) is actually saying the truth about relationships, and starts to fall for him, (while she’s trying to pine after her neighbor—pretty boy orthopedic surgeon named, Colin—(Eric Winter).

 

There are some fun scenes, with Heigl and Butler dancing, and Butler having fun with two bimbos in a pool of Jello.  Renting it could be fun, if you are in love with Gerry Butler.

The Rocker, 2008, ***, PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

 

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Starring:  Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate

 

The guy from “The Office,” and “House of 1,000 Corpses,” stars in this hilarious flick about a drummer that almost made it big, and now has a second chance at stardom.  Rainn Wilson plats, Robert “Fish” Fishman, an extremely dedicated drummer for the eighties hair band “Vesuvius,” who is living the rock n’ roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band.

 

Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew’s high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he’s always thought he deserved.  He takes the young band along for the ride of their lives.

 

This film is much better than I thought it would be.  Rainn Wilson, reminds me of a sort of “Jack Black” character zany, with sanity, like in his passionate for music film, “School of Rock,” or the goofy film, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny.” 

 

Great supporting roles, by Christina Applegate, and that girl we all remember from “Superbad,” who plays Jules, Emma Stone, the bassist for A.D.D.

 

Rent this flick today.