Bridesmaids is an agonizingly slow film. Kristin Wiig co-wrote the script portraying a unique group of bachelorette party hangers-on. When "Sex and the City" on HBO officially concluded, women felt a vacuum in their lives. Fortunately, at least for male audiences, a brand new show (now ironically in its final season) strictly devoted to men came along as its de facto replacement. The character Vincent Chase replaced Carrie Bradshaw, while Johnny Drama took over for Kim Catrall, and the comparisons, however inexact, are endlessly debatable. Similarly, Kristin Wiig's Bridesmaids offers an intimate look into the lives of women struggling to maintain their friendships, relationships, and careers while juggling the challenges brought on by everyday living. It is simultaneously hilarious and excruciating to watch, and that is a concoction welcome for any date night.
Cedar Rapids has been on my radar for a long time (since it debuted). The only factors that stopped me from consuming it at first were intuition, logic, and reasoning. My gut is normally correct seeing as how it is too big to fail. Besides, what pundit or movie fan can deny Ed Helms' peculiar yet vibrant magnetism. He is a complete anomaly. Picked from a sitcom ("The Office") in which he is not the most featured actor or character, and implanted into movies such as The Hangover, one never knows precisely what to expect from Mr. Helms. He sings, he dances, prances, wines and dines, but can he pull off a challenging role demanding he stoop to a new low that even he may have difficulty portraying? His wingman John C. Reilly has helped Will Ferrell and Sean William Scott rise to the pinnacle of the comedy-heap and Ed Helms is commensurately as talented and as malleable as those two wildly entertaining fellows. There is only one way to find out the results folks...
Hot Tub Time Machine is the quintessential post 80s 80s movie. It has everything going for it; the costumes are hideously 80s themed, many of the actors are notorious for their feature films during the 80s, and the humor is 80s specific in a flashback/throwback sort of way. Unfortunately, Take Me Home Tonight offers none of this and too much of that. That being a wardrobe derived from 2011, washed up/never has been actors that are ten years too old for their roles, and one funny scene that is comical only for its sense of embarrassment. The only 80s icon I can point to is Suncoast Video which I miss like crazy! Long live Suncoast and their hot women's exercise VHS tapes. The 80s soundtrack from Take Me Home Tonight is lacking in megahit classics as much as the cast of characters is lacking in star power. Wake me up when Topher Grace's acting career is over. Ok, that was a nice one second sleep and I am wide awake!
Arthur is a mish mash, a hodge-podge, a potpourri of the most lopsided, underhanded, highfalutin, ill-conceived, ill-timed, startling humor I have ever watched onscreen. It would seem that the Brits from across the pond have launched an invasion of California and have de facto conquered Hollywood. Let’s face it, Russell Brand is as astonishing as he is interesting. He is infinitely talented and most important to me, he is ARTICULATE. I will confess I absolutely hate this film (Arthur), but I love elements of it at the same time. How can I reconcile these antithetical sentiments? Read on and find out homeboys!
If you are stuck in a motion picture doledrum on account of too many mindless and meaningless summer blockbusters, I may have a solution. Read more to learn about two obscure films you must watch to cure the common boredom.
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