I Give It a Year is a British movie that is abundant in laughs and yet thoroughly bewildering in its outcome. Writer/director Dan Mazer seems to drag audiences in one direction only to sweep the rug out from under their collective feet. This is not a criticism folks, it is a testament to Mazer's willingness to shake things up for the sake of offering a truly fresh and original story. The movie I Give It a Year is thoroughly satisfying and it is not a little bit hysterical!
21 and Over is one of the all-time funniest college movies. Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and starring Miles Teller, Skylar Austin, Justin Chin and Sarah Wright, 21 and Over is just what the doctor ordered. Sure, this particular pseudo-physician might just be Dr. Pepper, but his advice is still both rational and expert. On a more serious note, this particular comedy movie is about three high school best friends that have decided (knowingly and unknowingly) to reunite on Jeff Chang's (Chou) 21st birthday. The hilarity that ensues is legendary.
Sightseers (DVD) is altogether wicked! It is a British film about a pair of ostensibly mundane lovers in their pre-honeymooning phase. Tina (Alice Lowe) decides to throw her mother's obsession with caution to the wind when she consents to go on a weeklong trip with her boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram). Ordinarily, Tina is somewhat passive and timid. Chris seems to bring out the best in her. Mostly though, Tina is looking forward to being shagged early and often. That is what their trailer is for. It's a literal shaggin' wagon.
Acerbic thoughts are swirling through your humble reviewer's fertile mind. Identity Thief (review) is quite possibly one of the worst movies thrust on the movie-going populace in years. Jason Bateman's agent must have demanded he accept the lead role because of a desideratum of functional scripts at the ready. There is no excuse for voluntarily participating in such a natural disaster of a film (Identity Thief review). Coming up next folks, a scathing indictment of actress Melissa McCarthy! Stay tuned for that report.
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (review and DVD). The wizards of chronic, I mean smart, have conjured this title out of thin air, and just as quickly it has gone up in smoke. The premise is not (on paper) unlike that of the original fairy tale, and not terribly dissimilar from the recent Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters production. Nevertheless, those two creations possess something that Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (review and DVD) do not: VALUE. Frankly, and despite the presence of the seldom seem Lara Flynn Boyle, Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (review and DVD) is a monstrosity that belongs in the brain of a stoner smoking Pineapple Express and not on screen for anybody but the most ardent potheads to enjoy.
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