Posts Tagged ‘teen comedy’

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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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#5: Hairspray

January 13, 2011

This is the musical, not the horrendously boring original John Waters film.

So what’s it about?: It’s 60’s in Baltimore and a girl dreams of being on a TV variety show and hooking up with it’s hot male lead (because what else is there to do in the 60’s?).  Only problem is she’s chubby, he’s taken, and she’s all for integration so naturally some shimmy and shaking chaos ensues!

The Good: Oh, the music!  So much fun and part of what made this show a hit on The Great White Way.  Even the new songs fit right on in with the old and make you want to get up and dance!  And Christopher Walken and Jonathan Travolta managed to turn my least favorite song into a hilarious song.

The Bad: Another sad case of a musical cast with people who can’t actually sing.  I mean, really?  Trying to hear poor Amanda Bynes and Brittney Snow try to match the great Kerry Butler and Laura Belle Bundy?  It’s kind of sad.  Especially when there’s so much good talent out there!  And honestly, this could have gone bigger and campier.  It just seemed so tame!  Sometimes attempting to go mainstream just isn’t the correct route for a movie.

The Verdict: A perfectly acceptable movie-to-musical-to-movie-musical, but definitely nothing to run and tell your friends about!

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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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#38: Porky’s

November 1, 2009

porkysIn case you haven’t guessed it yet, I a big fan of teen comedies.  They’re just so much fun!  So why not try a classic.

So what’s it about?: A bunch of high school teens run around trying to have sex and chaos ensues.

The Good: This movie had some genuinely funny bits.  And it had some heartfelt moments mixed in the bunch.  And a really good cast.

The Bad: Okay, what?  This has to be the most thrown together movie I’ve seen in a long time.  There was NO plot!  At all!  It was like a stretched out sketch comedy show where the sketches were split up and tossed together in a giant mixing bowl.  And the characters are just kind of annoying.

The Verdict: This may have been a huge influence on the current teen sex comedy genre but frankly American Pie is funnier and has a plot.

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#28: Sex Drive

October 19, 2009

1 SHEET MASTER (CTP READY)So, based on my ratings, Netflix told me I would like this movie, but they were only streaming the unrated version.  I was warned by the filmmakers to not watch this version if I’d never seen the movie, but nevertheless I didn’t listen and watched anyway.

So what’s it about?: Your typical socially stunted, recent high school graduate sets out on a mission to lose his virginity to some chick he met on the internet.  With the help of his trusty sidekicks and a quirky gang of supporting characters, chaos ensues.

The Good: This is probably the funniest unrated-for-the-sake-of-being-unrated movie I’ve ever seen.  From the intro by the filmmakers to the ridiculous insertion of nudity throughout the film to the insertion of outtakes.  It added this whole new level of quirk that really made a somewhat typical R-rated teen comedy become something totally awesome.  Mad props to the filmmakers for that one.  And Seth Green continues to prove how awesome he is.

The Bad: Even with the added unrated charm, this movie is still your typical teen comedy where being a virgin is the ultimate sin and getting from one place to another is naturally going to end in havoc.

The Verdict: Think Eurotrip meets Some Kind of Wonderful meets American Pie.  And if you’re easily offended by nudity, try to get the theatrical version!  But def worth seeing.