Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

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#12: The Hangover

January 30, 2011

Yes, I did watch this hungover.

So what’s it about?: Three guys wake up in Vegas after a crazy bachelor party having lost the groom and all of their memories of the chaos that ensued the previous night!

The Good: This movie is both hilarious and amazingly well structured.  And of course has the key ingredients of any classic raunchy comedy: 1 part quotable one-liners, 1 part hilarious pratfalls, and 1 part actual plot.  Not to mention the comedic combination of Zach Galifinakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper is just inspired and GOLDEN.

The Bad: After watching it again, parts of this film do drag on a bit, but only to pick right back up again!

The Verdict: One of the classic comedies of a generation.  This is one of those films people will still be watching, and still be trying to copy, for years to come.  Do yourself a favor and watch it.

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#11: 17 Again

January 30, 2011

So what’s it about?: A grown man gets a second chance at high school and all the chaos that ensues there when he wakes up to realize he’s 17 Again!

The Good: Okay, so this may be 13 Going on 30 reversed (which is really just Big with different genders…) but it’s still a fun, funny film and an entertaining 90 minutes.  And Zac Efron does a good job breaking out from the musical genre and stepping into this comedy.  Now if only he could stay away from those soapy teen dramas…. –cough- Charlie St. Cloud –cough-.

The Bad: So, yes, this does get a bit over-the-top, cheesy and predictable, but, hey, sometimes that’s exactly what you want in a film!

The Verdict: If you want some a nice, fluffy comedy than this is a respectable pick.

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#77: It’s Complicated

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: Love forms a triangle, chaos ensues, and it gets a little complicated.

The Good: John Krasinski should be arrested for stealing this film.  He was HILARIOUS and frankly the funniest part of this movie.  But to give the movie credit, it did have a couple genuine laughs.

The Bad: For a comedy, this movie was kind of depressing.  I mean, you know in any movie about a love triangle (which, lets face it, is every rom-com ever) you know someone is going to get hurt, but they usually don’t have you rooting for all three characters!  Sadly, there just wasn’t enough funny to pull of the dramatic aspect without feeling a little depressed.  (500) Days of Summer pulled off the balance, It’s Complicated did not.

The Verdict: Forget this movie, lets just have an actually funny comedy with just John Krasinski.  Now that would be worth watching.

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#76: Youth In Revolt

March 8, 2010

So what’s it about?: In an effort to win the girl of his dreams, a boy creates his rebellious altar ego and ends up ensuing some crazy chaos.

The Good: Michael Cera as Nick Twisp?  Same old adorkable Michael Cera.  Michael Cera as Francois Dillinger?  HILARIOUS!  Seriously, this movie needed more Francois.  And Portia Doubleday got to wear the cutest dresses ever!

The Bad: Sadly Francois was the only good part about this movie, and like I said, there wasn’t enough of him.  The rest of the movie was a big meh.  In the end, I didn’t really care if Nick got the girl, because frankly I just didn’t care about the movie.  Ah well.

The Verdict: Don’t even bother.  But, hey, it’s nice to know Michael Cera can do something other than play himself.

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#66: The Princess and the Frog

December 20, 2009

2004: A little movie called Home on the Range was released and managed to not only flop at the box office but end all traditional 2D animation coming from Disney’s doors… until now!

So what’s it about?: A New Orleans girl is working hard to start her own restaurant when she meets a talking frog.  Cue ensuing chaos!

The Good: Oh Disney, it’s good to have you back!  For years we’ve had to be content with the Meet the Robinsons and Bolts of the past five years, and even went so far as just relying on Pixar for our yearly Disney, but no more!  This film is every bit as charming and smart and fun-filled as the 90s were.  Yeah, okay, it’s no Beauty and the Beast (despite many similarities, especially between Belle and Tiana) or The Lion King, but it’s right up there with Pocahontas and The Little Mermaid.  It’s just an outrageously fun ride that the whole family can go on and hopefully will lead to more films just like it.

The Bad: Okay, there are a couple bothering plot holes in it (though maybe I was just so overjoyed with seeing a classic traditional animated film I missed something).  And the music is more 70s Disney memorable than 90s Disney magical, though undeniably New Orleans.

The Verdict: Go see it.  Please.  So that it may make lots of money and Disney can realize they need to make more movies like this in the future.

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#64: Bolt

December 20, 2009

Well, in probably the best year as a whole for animated movies of the decade, I decided to take a return trip to the dark ages of 2008 (oh Wall*E, how much better you would have enjoyed 2009).

So what’s it about?: A TV superdog thinks he’s a real superdog, and goes on a mission to rescue his person when they are seperated after filming a cliff-hanger.  With the help of his fellow talking animal friends, chaos ensues all the way to Hollywood.

The Good: It’s cute.  And, while not a fantastic family film, it’s still good enough to entertain the whole family and maintain my theory that kid movies don’t have to be stupid to please them.  And it has some classic moments.

The Bad: You have to listen to Miley Cyrus’s voice for a good third of the film, and that’s enough to drive some people over the edge.  And sadly it gets a little too sappy at times.

The Verdict: A great movie to rent with the kids a good enough addition to the okay collection of Disney 3D animated movies.  But not anything worth writing home about.

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#63: Up in the Air

December 20, 2009

For the record, I have now seen this movie twice.  Yes, it’s that good.

So what’s it about?: A guy spends his life traveling the country firing people and racking up an insane amount of frequent flier miles when two women enter his life and ensue chaos in his personal and professional lives.

The Good: This is one of those movies that comes around every year that is ten bajillion times better than its synopsis.  And this movie is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.  The script is heartbreaking, funny, and frankly just perfect.  The cast is perfect, from George Clooney’s best performance to date, to Anna Kendrick’s true breakout performance as an adult actress, and Vera Farmiga, who has gone by virtual unnoticed in The Departed and Orphan, shows the world why she should be a household name (no matter how hard it is to pronounce).  Not to mention a very timely story, this film is bound to hit everyone in some way or another.

The Bad: Okay, visually this movie looks like it was shot by a someone out of high school.  Not that it’s bad, it’s just no Citizen Kane.

The Verdict: And the Best Picture goes to… Up in the Air!  This film is outstanding!  And if you haven’t seen it, you are doing yourself a huge disservice.