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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Posted in Animation, Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

What people are saying:

“With a tidy plot, clean animation, and humor that fits its source material snugly, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is entertainment that won’t drive a wedge between family members” 4 stars

“Captain Underpants is an homage to the funny high jinks of The Kids Next Door series that aired on Cartoon Network. Unfortunately it doesn’t capture the fun and wonderment of childhood like The KND. Instead, the movie proves beyond a doubt to NEVER believe any of the professional critics reviews on Rotten Tomatoes! This is the most disappointing movie to come out of Dreamworks who is known for their excellence in family entertainment.”

“As superhero films shift more in the direction of mature themes (even the PG-13 offerings are starting to push the envelope), a specifically child-friendly hopeful franchise starter such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an appreciated gift” 3 stars

“One of the best surprises of 2017. Captain Underpants has no shame in all the right ways. As a fan of the books when I was a kid, this movie was an absolute love letter to me. It’s faithful, over the top and very self-aware. But from humor that is pulled off with care, the genuine connection between the two main characters and animation that is bright and whimsical, even non-book fans can find a certain joy in this movie.” 4 1/2 stars

“My family really enjoyed this movie and it passed the “six laugh test”. Now, if you do not like puerile humor and pee and poop and fart jokes, then this movie may not be for you. However, there is plenty in this movie that does make it quite funny. George and Harold have been terrorized by their principal for years and have tried to fight back with various pranks to buck up their fellow students. Principal Krupp has never been able to prove their culpability in the pranks. When he finally gets evidence on them, the duo are forced to try hypnotizing Krupp with a cheap toy from a cereal box. Of course, they are amazed when it works and he becomes their comic book creation Captain Underpants. This movie is quite conscious of its puerile nature and uses that to its self-deprecatory advantage. When it comes down to it, this movie is about kids and friendships and just how deep those friendships forged in early years can be. The movie stays pretty true to the tone of the book and is completely insane.” 5 stars

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Sex Tape

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage.

What people are saying:

“With neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com, the flaccid Sex Tape suffers from cinematic impotence” 2 stars

“Nothing in this film works. It has clearly been put together by people who have been given an idea via conference call of what a film looks like and sounds like, but have no idea how to fit everything together.” 1 star

“Though its two leads are charming and it offers a couple of laughs, Sex Tape is a sadly a bit of a misfire which never quite makes the most out of its premise, has a rushed ending and practically points out a few flaws that they the two main characters could’ve done the whole time meaning they wouldn’t have to go through this whole 90 minutes. That might probably earn some nitpicking.” 3 stars

“Cameron Diaz again? Why does she keep making movies I want to see? I used to skip everything she was in and now, it seems like I have to see everything she’s in. Well fortunately, or unfortunately, however you want to look at it, this one does not quite work, although it isn’t a total loss either. Diaz and Jason Segel are both good but I don’t know, the script somehow doesn’t let them go full comedy route. Some of the jokes and one liners work and are quite funny, but they are somewhat spread out where they don’t flow. The kids are cute but then again, what kids in movies aren’t cute? The other thing is Rob Lowe is pretty annoying in this, I don’t know if it was just that way his character was written or if that is just how he is because I haven’t seen him in a movie in a while so I don’t know. It’s not the best thing you’ll ever watch nor the worst thing. MILD RECOMMENDATION for the two leads and for a night out, just don’t expect to be blown away.” 3 stars

“Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel had a nice chemistry in Bad Teacher. Jake Kasdan directed that movie as well. The ingredients are the same, but the results are inferior here. Perhaps my hopes were too high going in, but this was a highly disappointing movie. Many of the funniest parts are in the trailers. Worse yet, it wastes the strong cast by making them into idiots. More than once the sticky situation, they are in turns out to be easily resolvable. They do not realize what an easy fix it is and instead go about trying to fix things in the most difficult way possible. Having a buffoon sidekick is funny in this situation, but when main characters are idiots there probably needs to be a straight man to provide point reference. I am one to enjoy a comedy and not ask too many questions, but the main characters are dumb in a frustrating way that is not funny. Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, and Ellie Kemper create better laughs as supporting characters than the lead roles, which is a problem. In a misguided attempt to force personal growth of the characters into the story, underdeveloped and unneeded drama makes it worse. The supposed marriage trouble the two between Diaz and Segel is never established. In a true display of lazy writing, this marital issue comes up late in the movie and then is quickly resolved. For a raunchy comedy with the title Sex Tape, it is disappointingly tame. While it is tamer than it should be, the director struggles with knowing what to show and what to keep hidden to make the best joke. The premise is fine, and the cast is right but this movie is the dead on arrival with shoddy writing.” 1 1/2 stars

Woody Woodpecker

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A high-strung, red-headed bird battles a prominent municipal lawyer, hoping to prevent him from seizing his property, bulldozing his house, and building a mega-mansion that will turn big profits. Along the way, he wreaks havoc on the building site and drives the crew crazy.

What people are saying:

“Inanely cruel villains, an unoriginal story, ham-handed performances, and reliance on farts and burps are the low lights of this awkward effort to bring back a less-than-engaging cartoon bird.” 1 star

“Bad, real bad, and its hunger to scrape the bottom of the barrel for humor is downright depressing to watch.” 1/2 star

“As a fan of the cartoon, one of my favorites of all my life, I expected more for the first live-action version of the Woody Woodpecker. The result is a bit disappointing. Woody Woodpecker’s first movie resulted in a silly, uninspired film with very poor acting. The good things are just the funny situations created by Woody and his characteristic laughter that animated my mornings in childhood and adolescence.” 2 stars

“doesn’t even deserve 1 star. This isn’t the woody woodpecker I grew up with, and a fully-animated movie would’ve most likely done better than this badly acted mess.” 1/2 star

“Is it possible to go back in time and pretend this never happened? This is beyond terrible. The kids like it, but I’m not sure why I legit want to die. The only movie I’ve watched in the last decade that might be worse is space chips.” 1/2 star

Moonrise Kingdom

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

What people are saying:

“Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best” 4 stars

“Phonies may complain that Anderson’s island of misfit toys is a retreat from the real world, but for pure-hearted adventurers who share the secret map,  Moonrise Kingdom is a joy that cannot be eclipsed.” 5 stars

“Since I couldn’t stay focused the first time I watched this, I decide to have it another go since it is Wes Anderson. Obviously the artistic ability Anderson possess is magnificent. The color design screams Wes Anderson style and I’ll always appreciate a well constructed and detailed set design. The undertones of a rough family life between Sam and Suzy made for a great plot line that should have been exploited farther. With the inclusion of the purposeful bland acting, this movie wasn’t for me. Having a low attention span keeps me from physically investing myself in the storyline, the slow pace is a taste I haven’t yet desired. I was excited about Bruce Willis and Bill Murray in this movie but sadly both of them had no character build, all of the adults in this movie had little to no characterization. This movie made me feel like everything was being hinted at with a little *wink* *wink*, but nothing was ever explained entirely. I applaud Anderson for steering towards more creative films but it requires a taste.” 2 stars

“This is a Fairy Tale. A lonely princess lives in a remote castle with her eccentric father and mother, the King and Queen, and three younger, equally eccentric, brothers. She spends time on the top of the castle looking through her telescope at the land around the Kingdom. One day she spies a handsome young prince and falls in love with him. He is with his regiment of hussars but feels alienated from them because of their emphasis on uniformity. He spies the princess and also falls in love with her. She escapes the castle and together they flee into the wilderness. The King, and local sheriff, and the hussars all search for them, only to discover that the lovers are about to be captured by a wicked witch. The hussars never much liked the prince because of his carefree attitude but the regiment has a code of never abandoning a trooper and they set out to save the Prince and his Princess…etc. etc. etc.” 3 stars

“I’m now a fan of Wes Anderson directed films and am going to rent another one for my next movie rental. I loved the colorful scenes and quirky story line. I’m reminded of Lemony Snicket when I watch this. It has that type of artsy, colorful, adventuresome feel. The love story was a wonderfully written sweet example of love that accepts the whole person, idiosyncrasies and all. You want to root for the young couple throughout the entire movie. There are unexpected twists at every juncture. The additional perk of a well-known supporting cast puts this movie over the top. I thought it was refreshingly different and very entertaining!” 5 stars

Girls Trip

Posted in Chick Flicks, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

When four lifelong friends-Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish-travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush

What people are saying:

Girls Trip is the rare R-rated comedy that pushes boundaries to truly comedic effect—and anchors its laughs in compelling characters brought to life by a brilliantly assembled cast” 4 stars

“The film is remarkable for its willingness and ability to flaunt its generic premise and go to far stranger, more empowering places than its simple setup might suggest.” 4 stars

“Have not seen Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith act in a while, maybe because they can’t. This movie was so awful. It was like see girls trying to be men and see who can swear the most, whose bodily features are bigger than the next, and last but not least….who can screw someone and have an affair…..this was going back in time where there was not a good black movie. They all run the same theme.” 1 star

“While somewhat slow to start, there are lots of laughs, but some of the comedy is on the raunchy side. If you can handle swearing & brief nudity you’ll enjoy this. The movie is about 4 friends who haven’t seen each other in 5 years getting together in New Orleans for a show, and having a ball partying. Lots of cameo’s & craziness too.” 3 1/2 stars

“This raunchy comedy with an astounding cast. Obvious storyline with gives sight to what friendships are all about. The antics are over the top but this group of great women lends authenticity to the types of relationships black women form. I hope a prequel and other sequels follow with guests stars for years to come” 5 stars

In Like Flint

Posted in Action/Adventure, Classics, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed three minutes while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint’s line [with a wistful look] is “An Actor as President?”) Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they own.

What people are saying:

“Although the film crawls with dime-store beauties, there is a noticeable lack of sexiness in it. Women bent on being tyrants evidently haven’t much time for anything else” 3 stars

“…tries to top its predecessor by sending übermensch Derek Flint to Moscow, outer space, and the Isle of Uppity Brassiere Models … sloppy pacing, shoddy production values, and Lee J. Cobb looking like he’s planning a stern call to his agent.” 2 1/2 stars

“Awesome, super spy and Man of Mystery joins forces with an army of super-hot, ’60s, bikini-clad women (who plan to take over the world with a brain-washing hairdrier) to foil a diabolical plot to take over/destroy the world. Yeah … who wouldn’t like this movie? The movie was almost as good as the Austin Powers spoofs of the Super Spy.” 4 stars

“Basically another in the endless series of Bond-knockoffs of the late 60’s, the second Flynt movie (for some reason I keep missing the first one) is fun enough as a semi-parody. It’s nowhere nearly as offensive/dumb as the Matt Helm stuff. Coburn makes a decent superman spy, although his lanky physique makes him look rather ungainly in the fight sequences (only Ted Danson looks more awkward). It’s your basic Cold War type movie with some women who want to rule the world (and *oh the humanity* are betrayed by the military man they put their trust in, played by a fiendish Steve Inhat) tossed in.” 3 stars

“Derek Flint is back, bashing more heads, wooing more lovely ladies, and thwarting more evil. This time, he’s up against an impostor in the government, a rogue military man, and an army of beautiful woman bent on world domination. Is the super cool master of kung-fu up to the challenge? Do you really have to ask? Wild antics, crazy music, and a bevy a beautiful women. They could have kept these movies going for years. But, unfortunately, this was the last (excluding the TV pilot).” 4 1/2 stars

The Boss Baby

Posted in Animation, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim

What people are saying:

“The contrast between the helpless-infant stage of life and corporate-speak is funny but fairly high-concept for a kiddie movie, and the plot grows denser as it goes along and the baby and Tim reluctantly join forces to stop a conspiracy by which puppies would corner all the love in the world” 3 stars

“I’ve seen previews for animated films in the past and gotten the complete wrong impression from them before. That did not happen this time, as this movie looked boring and contrived, and it certainly was that. There’s some cute potty humor, and a few jokes from the alarm clock that made me smile, but otherwise this movie was simple, obvious, and boring. It was very difficult after the climax to sit through the rest of the film… which would be emotional if the movie had done it’s job of making you care about the characters. There’s very little to like here. I’d recommend this to children 4-6 years old? Maybe? ” 1 star

“I could have done without the kewpie-doll faces and oversized eyes, but for the most part and where it counts, gets its kids just right.” 3 stars

“This movie surprised me. I did not expect to like it very much. I thought it would just be a bunch of crude humor but it turned out that the story and the characters pulled me in, and I ended up caring about them very much. I enjoyed that the movie just got better as it went along and ended up being a movie with lots of heart! (the scene with the tons of plastic beads really got to me; it was so touching!) Don’t want to spoil it for those that have not seen the movie yet. Good story about family and love between siblings4 stars

“the juxtaposition between imagination and reality is brilliant, and the story strikes a great balance between hilarity and heartwarming. On the flip side, some elements are overly repeated (I’ll puke if they play blackbird one more time!), the chase & fight scenes are annoying, the story gets a bit complicated for a PG film (not to mention the plot-holes this creates), and there’s so much room to edit this down by a good 15 minutes.” 3 stars