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Uncle Buck

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year old Miles (Macaulay Culkin), six-year old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) and their teen-aged sister, Tia (Jean Kelly) are left in the care of Buck. Surprisingly, the very inept Uncle Buck entertains the younger children who come to love him and earns the respect of Tia when he rescues her from her worthless boyfriend. However, in doing so, Buck nearly loses his long-time girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan).

What people are saying:

“…an agreeable comedy that benefits substantially from Hughes’ undeniable gift for seamlessly blending laughs with drama.” 3 1/2 stars

“This is a straight foreword John Candy 80’s comedy. If you are a fan of Candy and his silly antics you will love this movie. The acting is fantastic. The story is not entirely believable but where it strays off that road it is for the sake of laughs. ‘Uncle Buck’ is a touching comedy/drama speckled with laugh-out-loud scenes and covered in tongue-in-cheek humor about parenting. If you are looking for a lighthearted feel good comedy that is mostly wholesome check this out” 4 stars

“It’s a goofy movie, but also extraordinarily sly, unafraid to permit generous screentime to bizarre jokes and situations of slack guardian supervision.” 4 stars

“As only John Candy could, this movie takes you from laughing out loud to crying through the poignant scene. The screenwrite then brings you back from the abyss with a final round of robust laughter. I can’t imagine anyone watching this movie without immediately looking up every movie John Candy ever performed in. He was truly a master!” 5 stars

“Irresponsible, cigar smoking, gambling black sheep uncle Buck is his brother’s last resort to look after his teenage daughter and two younger children. Buck starts out not being liked but by the end he’s a stand up guy. This comedy isn’t very interesting and is a result of a thin storyline and thin screenplay. The writer’s had a good idea but that’s about it.” 1 star

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Yoga Hosers

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

PLOT:

15-year-olds Colleen Colleen are on their smartphones constantly, sing in a small band and take yoga classes. They will do just about anything to receive an invitation to a senior party. But when they discover the leader of a Nazi splinter group has been raising an army of monsters beneath the store where they work, they team up with a legendary man-hunter to stop the world-threatening uprising.

What people are saying:

“Undisciplined, unfunny, and bereft of evident purpose, Yoga Hosers represents a particularly grating low point in Kevin Smith’s once-promising career.” 1 1/2 stars

“(Kevin) Smith seems to have soured to the idea of making films for anyone outside his circle of fans, podcast co-hosts, and family members. Yoga Hosers, the latest feature-length podcast digression from Smith, proves how small that circle really is.” 2 stars

“If you are not familiar with Kevin Smith’s podcasts; Smodcast and Hollywood Babble-on then, this movie will probably have you scratching your head and wondering what the hell Kevin was thinking when he made it. If you do listen to his podcasts, especially Hollywood Babble-on, then you’re in on the joke. Lots of inside jokes and Ralph Garmin manages to work in all his best impressions which might be the best work Al Pacino has done in a while. Hoo Ahh. Kevin Smith plays the Bratzis which could only exist because of recreational drug use and it’s just plain silly but still O.K. Then there is Johnny Depp. The best part of his character is keeping up with his mole count and catching some of his Jack Sparrow homage. That’s the best part of the movie is catching the inside jokes, references to podcasts, and other Kevin Smith films. Lots of Canadian jokes but nothing mean spirited and the closing version of “Oh Canada” rocks” 5 stars

“I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and I also generally enjoy stupid humor. That said, this was an hour and a half of my life I can never get back. I am not writing a review to slam Kevin Smith, I really love him and respect his work, I am writing it as a warning to others not to waste their time, literally. It didn’t have the feel of Smith’s work, it appeared to only be a vehicle to get his and Depp’s daughter into the industry. I don’t see either one of them getting any work from this, and I feel like it was an insult to Smith, even though it’s his film. If you’re like me and think, hey, it can’t be as bad as everyone says…think again, please. ” 1 star

“This movie, in the sense of being a serious movie, is not. You look at it like that and you’re going to have a bad time eh. You have to watch it like you would watch a B horror film that is meant to be a B horror film, like Jack Frost or Poultrygeist. You can’t lump this film in with Clerks or Chasing Amy, it’s not aboot that Kevin Smith. This film goes with Tusk, it’s aboot letting go of being serious and making something fun. If you like Doom Generation, Knights of Badassdom, Zombeavers and the like, you will love this film.” 5 stars

Sausage Party

Posted in Animation, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A misplaced sausage and his savory friends embark on an existential adventure through the aisles of a massive supermarket in this raunchy animated comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. As the store’s annual 4th of July sale draws near, the perishable pals must return to their rightful places on the shelves before the customers come flooding in to fill their carts.

What people are saying:

“Despite all the cursing and envelope-pushing and bat-bleep crazy sexual stuff, Sausage Party isn’t mean-spirited. It’s just … stupid. But also pretty smart. And funny as hell” 4 stars

“If it takes a film about an animated sausage and a bun, laced with toilet humor and extreme sexual puns, to provide a modern-day existential critique of the lunacy of human nature and modern racial and religious discourse, then I’m all for it.” 4 stars

“I’m sure the average undereducated giggling pimply faced pubescent teenage boy will find this movie titillating, but really, anyone trying to defend its puerile banality just sounds as unconvincing as someone who claims they only buy “Playboy” for the articles. There really isn’t anything new or insightful in this movie and the only boundaries it pushes is it bearing a MA15+ classification and putting a price sticker on the DVD.” 1/2 star

“Moral outrage at comedy is the conservative answer to the “Constitutional Crisis”, which, I do believe is real, but seriously, this film is brilliant and it doesn’t matter how heavy the material is, the story is full of characters that matter in their community which is trying to save itself. A lesson some folks might heed is in that orgy… for the community. ” 5 stars

“If you don’t like Seth Rogen, this movie isn’t for you. If you aren’t into thinking outside of the box when it comes to animation, this movie isn’t for you. If you like your animated characters all cute and nice with a good moral story…..this movie is not for you. If you have kids….this movie is DEFINITELY NOT for you! Having said all of that, I can take or leave Seth. I’ve seen some movies I’ve liked of his and some I didn’t like. I remember seeing previews or some kind of review for this and thought Sausage Party would be stupid then decided to give it a try. This is probably my most favorite Seth Rogen movie to date. It’s obvious he was on drugs when he came up with the idea for this movie. Thank goodness he was! It’s funny and definitely outside of the box. The idea of the perspective of food in a grocery store is brilliant. I laughed through the whole thing. Was caught off guard by a couple of things. There is one scene towards the end……you’ll know it when you see it. Again, it’s not for or meant for everyone. This is your warning.” 5 stars

Bad Santa 2

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Boozy scoundrel Willie Soke returns for another holiday season as a department store Santa, assisted by his elfin crony, Marcus. This time, Willie and his potty-mouthed mom conspire to defraud a charity.

What people are saying:

“This film is far from perfect, but it made me and some other terribly frightened folks laugh for a while in the dark.” 4 stars

“…vulgar, nasty and offensive, but it has flawed aspects also so raunchy, you may feel the urge to wash your ears out with soap, not that the language is the only dirty thing about it…” 2 1/2 stars

“Equally as its predecessor Bad Santa is hilariously side splitting and an emotional roller coaster nail biting exciting and funny movie. Tony Cox is a hoot along with Kathy Bates and of course, Billy Bob Thornton and his adopted son screwball partner.

“The original Bad Santa is a comedy classic the sequel unfortunately doesn’t live up to the reputation of the first film. And a lot of it has to do with the weak writing and weak plot. Billy Bob Thornton is still fun to watch and still gives off Great performance. All of the cast does a decent job. Some of the jokes work and a lot of unfortunately don’t. It’s not the worst sequel out there but it’s probably not something you’re going to want to watch again like the first bad Santa.” 2 1/2 stars

“This really is not a bad movie. It came out probably 10 years too late (the original classic was in 2003) and Lauren Graham wasn’t in it due to the filming of “Gilmore Girls,” but the movie had a lot of laughs. It was good to see Willie back and still doing terribly, and Thurman Merman is almost as good as he was in the original. Christina Hendricks also was a good addition to the cast in lieu of Lauren Graham. This movie isn’t going to be on any Top 10 Best Christmas Movies of All-Time list, but it was good for 90 minutes of laughs if you aren’t expecting much.” 3 stars

Codename: The Cleaner

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A janitor, Jake Rogers (Cedric the Entertainer), wakes up next to a dead body with no memory of who he is and how he got there, but gradually comes to believe he is a secret undercover agent, and after fleeing the hotel and meeting his wife Diane (Nicollette Sheridan) and girlfriend (Lucy Liu) Jake goes on one crazy adventure to find out who he is.

What people are saying:

Code Name: The Cleaner is a limp action/comedy flick that alternates between lame, worn-out jokes and cheesy martial arts.” 2 stars

“Although comprised of lowest-common denominator gags, it’s an oddly hard-to-follow affair, with good and bad FBI agents popping up everywhere and the plot only revealing itself in fits and starts.” 1 star

“Cedric is usually funny, but not here. Lucy Liu is a fantastic performer and can kick out the action, but her talents are wasted in this movie. Surprisingly unfunny and uninteresting, the idea was promising, and the execution was bad. I would recommend giving it a pass unless for some reason you can’t get buy without seeing Cedric on the big screen. ” 2 stars

“I managed to catch this film on cable years after it’s theater release. It was very much in the vein of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.Cedric plays a ne’er do well janitor at a video game and electronics company who learns of a plot to turn computer game chips into weapons smuggling and information smuggling defices. the problem is that he then get’s amnesia and begins to think he really might be a superspy. It was goofy and campy but had a kind of low rent charm all it’s own. Cedric the entertainer was good enough to get me through each scene and Lucy Liu was a nice treat to break up the epic stupidity of the premise. Once again, it was one of those films that was worth what I paid for it.” 3 stars

“The group I watched this with laughed and laughed, and what can I say? Laughter is infectious. There are good jokes in this movie, as well as very poor ones (see the joke about shooting a janitor in the posterior), but the overall feeling I get is “meh.” Cedric is at his silly best in this one, but fails to wow anyone. If you’ve seen one generic comedy starring a former big actor, you’ve seen them all.” 1 1/2 stars

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabuolous

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Because of the notoriety she gained from the Miss United States pageant, Gracie Hart’s life as an undercover FBI agent is over. In addition, Agent Eric Matthews broke off their relationship which she did not take well. Begrudgingly on the advice her boss Director Harry McDonald, Gracie decides to become the FBI’s media relations officer. Ten months later with the assistance of style coach Joel Meyers and a best selling book behind her about her experience, Gracie becomes a designer-clad media darling and the made-up face of the FBI. The new Gracie is the exact opposite of Agent Sam Fuller, a woman who, like Gracie before her pageant experience, has deep seated anger issues. The two do not get along, but that doesn’t stop McDonald from assigning Sam to be Gracie’s bodyguard. The two are sent to Las Vegas when Gracie’s friend, reigning Miss United States Cheryl Frasier, and the long time Miss United States pageant host Stan Fields are kidnapped there. At the FBI’s Las Vegas field office, Assistant Director Walter Collins wants Gracie solely to be the media spokesperson on the case, but Gracie wants to be back in the field, especially when she uncovers some leads Collins dismisses. Despite their antagonistic relationship, Gracie and Sam have to work together to follow these leads. Along with them are Joel and insecure FBI Agent Jeff Foreman, the foursome who in addition to finding Cheryl and Stan, have to elude Collins’ other agents, Collins who wants Gracie and Sam back on a plane to New York and who wants the glory of solving the case for himself.

What people are saying:

“The things we loved most about #1 were downplayed in favor of the things that weren’t all that funny; and a betrayal of the main character through most of it.” 2 stars

“I liked Miss Congeniality, but was anyone asking for this? And if this was going to be forced upon the world, did it have to be this bad? I would hope not, but it seems that we have no choice.” 1/2 star

“Absolute dribble, inspiring only to preteen girls and Sandra Bullock. Bullock’s talent and good looks are the only reasons this movie is watchable. The flick is armed and dangerous alright – to anyone involved in the production of the film besides Sandra.” 1 1/2 stars

“Worth seeing just for the Dolly Parton Cameo and the Proud Mary performance. Again Sandra Bullock does what few others can, and thats bounce off a co-star as if they have worked together years, Regina King is an excellent addition.” 3 1/2 stars

“Sandra Bullock returns as FBI agent Gracie Hart in the second Miss Congeniality movie. Gracie has become well-known by the public after saving Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns) at the Miss United States Pageant, where she was working undercover. Gracie is asked to become the face to the FBI, and give a positive face of the FBI by promoting her book on TV. Gracie has become a celebrity and is no longer a real FBI agent. Her friends from the pageant, Cheryl and Stan Fields (William Shatner) are kidnapped in Las Vegas, and Gracie wants to find them. Gracie is ordered by her boss to continue being the face of the FBI, while they find her friends. Gracie can’t do that, so she starts her own investigation. Her bodyguard, FBI agent Sam Fuller (Regina King), and Gracie go undercover to find her friends, and the fireworks begin. If you liked the first movie, you will love this one. I think it is even better than the first, and Regina King steals the show with her part. There is much more action and funny scenes. I actually laugh through the entire movie. This is one cute chick flick where you can just sit back and enjoy.” 4 stars

License to Drive

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Les (Corey Haim) is embarrassed when he fails his driving test in this routine teen comedy. His buddies are depending on him to provide the wheels for the weekend, but Les is more interested in his Saturday date with Mercedes (Heather Graham). Les secretly steals his grandfather’s immaculate 1972 Cadillac for the adventure. The dream date soon turns into a nightmare when Dean (Corey Feldman) bothers Les with camera flashes and cigar smoke, and his sloppy-drunk date dances on the hood of the car with high heels. The car is towed when he parks illegally, and later the teens are chased by revved-up motorheads who challenge him to a race. Carol Kane and Richard Masur play Les’ parents.

What people are saying:

“…more-than-passable summer entertainment, especially when it identifies with the yearnings of its young heroes to get behind the wheel.” 3 1/2 stars

“Anyone old enough to have a license is probably much too old to be amused by License to Drive.” 2 stars

“How can you go wrong with this movie? It’s 80’s and it’s the Two Coreys, enough said. It’s not amazing, especially when compared to some of the beloved teen films of the decade, but License to Drive is good fun. I’ve always been a fan of the Feldman/Haim duo, and although this doesn’t match up with The Lost Boys, it’s another great collaboration. Throw in a young Heather Graham as the love interest and you’re all set. Yeah, this movie is definitely cheesy at times and not some ground-breaking comedy, but I’ve always got a kick out of it. It’s a fun premise with some classic moments that I always love revisiting. An entertaining 80’s flick!” 3 1/2 stars

“Another classic Coreys movie, License To Drive starts out dealing with a young man waiting to get his drivers license and the freedom that comes with it. Then all sorts of hilarity and craziness ensues. This movie moves along well with the characters getting involved in some pretty strange things, like when the old man takes their car. The acting here if ok with Haim and Feldman turning in their typical performances. A gorgeous young Heather Graham was the classic hot girl that dates the “loser” guy when she’s mad at her boyfriend and then ends up liking him. Lastly, the movie ends with a great closing line, “I’ve already got a Mercedes”, and the fantastic Billy Ocean song “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car”.” 3 1/2 stars

“Classic 80’s teenage drama. The cheese factor is dialled up too high for my tastes. The DMV scene looked as if it was out of the dystopian 1984 world and was hilarious. The juxtaposition of Corey Haim’s driving test versus his sisters was great. The ridiculous diner scene that led into a military protest and then almost arrested and then car stolen by a drunk was the worst.” 2 1/2 stars