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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Following the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his salvage company are contracted to clean up the city, but their operation is taken over by the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.), a partnership between Tony Stark and the U.S. government. Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they have already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons. Eight years later, Peter Parker is drafted into the Avengers by Stark to help with an internal dispute, but resumes his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology when Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become a full Avenger.

Parker quits his school’s academic decathlon team to spend more time focusing on his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man. One night, after preventing criminals from robbing an ATM with their advanced weapons from Toomes, Parker returns to his Queens apartment where his best friend Ned discovers his secret identity. On another night, Parker comes across Toomes’ associates Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz selling weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis. Parker nearly drowns intervening, and is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring the Spider-Man suit he gave Parker and warns him against involvement with the dangerous criminals. Toomes accidentally kills Brice with one of their weapons, and Schultz becomes the new Shocker.

Parker and Ned study a weapon left behind by Brice, removing its power core. When a tracking device on Schultz leads to Maryland, Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. Ned and Parker disable the tracker Stark implanted in the Spider-Man suit, and unlock its advanced features. Parker tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a D.O.D.C. truck, but is overpowered and trapped inside the truck, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. When he discovers that the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade, Parker races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes and traps Ned and their friends in an elevator. Evading local authorities, Parker saves his friends, including his fellow classmate and crush Liz. Returning to New York City, Parker persuades Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts. Aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures Toomes’ new buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes and a malfunctioning weapon tears the ferry in half. Stark helps Parker save the passengers before admonishing him for his recklessness and taking away his suit.

Parker returns to his high school life, and eventually asks Liz to go to the homecoming dance with him. On the night of the dance, Parker learns that Liz is Toomes’ daughter. Deducing Parker’s secret identity, Toomes threatens retaliation if he interferes with his plans. During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters. He dons his old homemade Spider-Man suit and races to Toomes’ lair. He is first ambushed by Schultz, but defeats him with the help of Ned. At the lair, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves Parker to die. Parker is able to escape the rubble and intercepts the plane, steering it to crash on the beach near Coney Island. He and Toomes engage in an open confrontation that ends with Parker saving Toomes’ life from his own unstable equipment, and leaving him for the police along with the plane’s cargo. After her father’s arrest, Liz moves away, and Parker declines an invitation from Stark to join the Avengers full time. Stark returns Parker’s suit, which he puts on at his apartment just as his Aunt May walks in.

In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes in prison. Gargan has heard that Toomes knows Spider-Man’s real identity, but Toomes denies this.

REVIEW:

With all the success Marvel has had with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), they could not say they truly were a success story until there was a Spider-Man film under their wing. With Sony holding the rights to the character (not to mention the Fantastic Four) hostage, many were wondering if we would ever see the day when Spidey would grace the big screen in the MCU…then we saw Captain America: Civil War. Now, Spider-Man: Homecoming aims to take that character introduction and flesh out a third cinematic version of Peter Parker. Hey, at least this one is age-appropriate, right?

What is this about?

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

What did I like?

Fun. Audiences and critics have been noticing something in superhero films (and TV shows). A lack of fun! Think about how bright and vibrant Superman is and now think about what we were forced to sit through with Man of Steel. Somewhere along the way, our superheroes stopped being beacons of hope, and turned into examples of how to brood. Spider-Man has not been exempt from this curse. Toby Maguire’s version started out pretty good, but couldn’t keep it up. I never cared for Andrew Garfield or his take on the character, so I won’t waste time on him. Tom Holland brings a fresh take to Spider-Man in that we haven’t seen him as a high schooler, at least not an age appropriate high schooler. With that, the fun and innocence that Stan Lee intended for the character is front and center, as are the awkward moments of being a teenager. Again, this is what Stan Lee envision when he first created him, not some attitude having, puffy haired, British string bean who ruins the character of Peter Parker.

We know the story. Look, if you don’t know the origin of Spider-Man by now, either through comics, cartoons, Watchmojo.com, Wikipedia, or whatever, then chances are you either don’t care or just haven’t bothered to learn yourself something. With that said, I join the billions of fans who saw this and noticed the absence of Uncle Ben’s murder. As a matter of fact, it isn’t even mentioned! We are more than aware than Ben gets shot and its Peter’s fault, but in the last 5 Spider-Man movies, we have either seen this happen or been privy to a bevy of flashbacks so that we can relive the scene ad naseum. Thank goodness the 6th time they got it right and didn’t include anything about the murder…though I do hope in future films we get something on what happened. I’m mostly curious as to who they’ll cast as Uncle Ben to pair with Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May

Cap must’ve needed the money. One of the best cameos in the picture is Captain America doing PSAs. While I was laughing when Cap showed up in these videos, I couldn’t help but wonder why he was doing them. Did the government make him? Is he just being a good guy and attempting to help the youth? Just some thoughts that popped in my head. I’m sure that I am just overanalyzing and  these were nothing more than a funny thing to include in the film.

What didn’t I like?

Homage or ripoff? About halfway through the picture, there is a scene where Spider-Man has to use all of his strength to hold two halves of a dissected boat together. As I was sitting there watching him strain, I couldn’t help but recall the train sequence in Spider-Man 2 when Toby Maguire is called on to use all of his strength to stop the train. Many people have noticed this comparison and now I must ask…is this an homage or a ripoff? I see it more as an homage, personally. The scene in question is from what is arguably the best Spider-Man film to date, so why wouldn’t you bring something from that great film into this new version? Also, if it was a ripoff, I think we’d have a seen something involving the subway, I’m sure.

What a shock! Shocker is one of my favorite in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. I can’t tell you why, but I have this affinity for him. Maybe it’s the Texas connection?!? At any rate, I was over the hills with excitement when I heard the announcement he was going to be in this film. Then I saw him and my jaw dropped. This is not Shocker. He doesn’t even really don the costume, save for the sleeves on his jacket. How is it we can get nearly every detail right with superheroes, but for the villains they just seem to wear similar colors to their comic counterparts. I wonder why that is!

A change will do you good. My first introduction to the Vulture was as an elderly gentlemen who was running part of the criminal organizations in NYC. Obviously, there are some differences between that idea and the one we see on the screen. Most importantly, the family man version of the character remained intact. So, why would I not like the change in history? Well, just this week, some promotional photos were released for Deadpool 2, specifically images of the mutant, Domino. I bring this up because she’s quite the curvy wonder in the pics, it is the sudden realization that she is now to be played by an actress of color…complete with afro and some weird face that causes her to look like a dog. What is the reason for this change? No real reason, they just wanted someone of ethnicity to play a character who has plae white skin.

Final verdict on Spider-Man:Homecoming? This is the superhero film we’ve all been clamoring for. It has action, humor, sci-fi, crime, and even a love story. What is there to not like? While Marvel and Sony are sure to fight over who gets credit here, really it is the fans and moviegoers that win. Do  I recommend  this? Emphatically yes! The cons are few and the pros are many. Go check it out!

5 out of 5 stars

 

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Chef

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2015 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Miami-born Carl Casper is the head chef of Gauloise in Brentwood, California. While popular with his kitchen staff and hostess Molly, the restaurant owner Riva wants Carl to stick to tired “classics” rather than innovative dishes. Carl has a strained relationship with his tech-savvy preteen son Percy and ex-wife Inez.

When Carl has a chance to prove his talents during a visit from prestigious critic and blogger Ramsey Michel, Riva demands that he stick with old favorites at the last minute, causing Carl to concede, leading to a scathing review. On Twitter, Carl insults Ramsey, not realizing that his reply is public, and gains a large Twitter following. Carl comes up with an inspirational new menu that his staff loves and invites Ramsey to a “rematch”. After a confrontation with Riva, Carl walks out, quitting. At home, he prepares the menu he wanted to serve to Ramsey, goes to the restaurant, and angrily berates Ramsey.

Videos featuring Carl’s meltdown go viral, and his professional credibility evaporates. Molly and Inez encourage him to run a food truck. He accepts Inez’s invitation to Miami, where he spends some quality time with Percy and rediscovers his love for Cuban cuisine. Inez’s ex-husband Marvin offers him a dilapidated food truck, and Carl reluctantly accepts. He and Percy bond while restoring the truck and buying groceries and Carl buys him a chef’s knife. Martin, his friend from Gauloise, turns down his restaurant promotion to work with Carl, who has become an exuberant and passionate chef again.

The three drive the food truck across the country back to Los Angeles, serving top-quality Cuban sandwiches and yuca fries. Percy finds ways to promote the food truck on social media websites, and the truck becomes successful in New Orleans and Austin, Texas, where the daily specials include items made with local ingredients such as po’ boys and barbecued brisket.

Back in Los Angeles, Carl realizes the importance of his relationship with his son and accepts Percy’s enthusiastic offer to help out on weekends and holidays. Ramsey visits the truck to explain that he wrote the bad review as he knew Carl’s creativity did not suit a restaurant which had been serving the same menu for years. He leaves with an offer to bankroll a new restaurant. In a flashforward set six months later, the new restaurant is a hit and closed for a private event: Carl and Inez remarry.

REVIEW:

Whenever I would go downtown to visit my ex at work for lunch, there would be food trucks all over the place. To this day, I still haven’t tried any food truck food, but maybe one day. Chef may have inspired that decision.

What is this about?

When chef Carl Casper’s plans for opening a restaurant in Los Angeles fail to pan out, he returns home to Miami and debuts a food truck instead.

What did I like?

Know where you came from. For those that don’t remember, before Jon Favreau directed big blockbusters like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens (which apparently was bad enough to have him contemplate quitting the business), he directed small, indie films. Remember Swingers? Sometimes, you can get too big for your britches and need to go back to basics in order to find that passion again. In some respects, you can say that this film is an allegory for Favreau’s career, because his character does just that, return to his roots and work up from there.

Tight leash. This film does something that so many other projects have failed to do and that is give us a kid that isn’t an annoying brat (even more impressive given that he lives with his apparently well-off mother) and give Sofia Vergara a character that isn’t a stereotype. The kid just wants to spend time with his dad, but unlike other children in film, he doesn’t scheme to ruin him in order to do it, he’s just patient about things. With Vergara, she still has her super thick accent, wears clothes that are a very tight, but she gives perhaps the best performance I’ve seen from her. All it took was for her to bring it down a couple of notches. Simple is better, people!

Food porn. Ever watch Food Network, or even just a commercial where food is being cooked and it looks so good that you want to just reach right through the screen and taste it? That is what this film does, especially in the first half. Favreau’s character cooks up all types of good stuff and it made my pidddly little dinner seem like bread and water in comparison. If you’re a foodie, you’ll eat this stuff up!

What didn’t I like?

With imagination. Changing the menu up doesn’t hurt anyone. On the one hand, if it succeeds, you’re looked at as a genius. If it flops, at least you tried something new and the customers will appreciate that. Even fast food changes their menu up once in awhile! Dustin Hoffman apparently didn’t get the memo, though, and on both night that the food critic comes in, he insists on serving the same boring food. A little imagination, rather than stubbornness, and maybe there would have been a glowing review, but I guess we’ll never know, now will we?

Scarlett. Arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, Scarlett Johansson was very average looking in this film. Why? I can’t tell you. Maybe it was the bangs? The dark hair? No make-up? A combination of all of the above, but she wasn’t her normal hot self. Given that her character is a hostess of some sort, I would think she would still be some level of attractive. I’ve seen hostesses in restaurants that put glamour models to shame! Maybe if Scarlett used her look from Don Jon it would have been better? HA!

Twitter. No, I still have not joined Twitter. I’ve come close a few times, and then I realize no one would want to follow me, so I say “screw it!” This film however must have had some backing from Twitter because, once it is introduced, we don’t stop hearing about tweets, vines, and whatever else it is that people do over there. Realizing that this is how people get information out these days, I can appreciate the use of the service. However, I don’t think it needed to be shoved down our throats.

Many people were raving about Chef when it premiered at SXSW last year, and then when it had a major release. After watching tonight, I can see why. Favreau definitely has his groove back as a director. This is a film filled with comedy, drama, and food. I warn you now…DO NOT WATCH THIS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH!!! All in all, I had a good time watching and it isn’t hard to see why so many had this as one of their top films of the year. Do I recommend it? Yes, this is one of those film you must see before you die!

5 out of 5 stars

Identity Thief

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Sandy Patterson gets a call from a woman saying someone attempted to steal his identity. She tells him about an identity protection service and asks him for his name, date of birth, and social security number. Little does he know that his identity is actually about to be stolen.

At work, Sandy gets called in by his boss, Harold Cornish, and he asks him to make cuts on bonuses, despite the fact that he is getting a bonus himself. As Sandy goes to do so, he gets a call saying he has an appointment at a salon on Friday in Winter Park, Florida. He’s confused, but he gets called over by his co-worker Daniel Casey. In the parking lot, he and a few other co-workers meet to discuss starting their own firm since their boss is not the greatest person. Daniel asks Sandy if he’ll join them, to which he agrees.

A little while later, Sandy tries to get gas, but his card is declined for insufficient funds and the gas station clerk cuts it up. He calls the credit card company and he’s told he’s spent a lot of money in Florida. As this happens, he gets arrested. At the same time in Florida, Diana continues splurging with Sandy’s money. At a police station, Detective Reilly tells Sandy that he missed a court date in Florida for assault. They pull up a mug shot of Diana and determine she’s stolen Sandy’s identity. It gets worse at work when Daniel (now his boss) says cops are asking about him possessing drugs. Reilly and other cops show up and say a card with Sandy’s name was used to buy drugs from a man named Paolo. When told they can’t do anything unless the identity thief was standing there in Denver with them, Sandy (knowing where he can find her) offers to go on his own and bring her there and get her to talk to Daniel to clear his name and that he won’t press charges.

Trish, Sandy’s wife, finds out about the situation and knows Sandy’s taking a risk, but he assures her he’ll get the job done. He ends up in Florida and finds Diana at the salon where she made an appointment and follows her. After confronting her on the road she manages to steal his rental car. He obtains her address through registration in her abandoned car and goes to Diana’s house, which is full of merchandise and other stolen credit cards. The pair scuffle and Sandy attempts to handcuff her. Before he can cuff her, two people named Marisol and Julian are pounding at the door, telling Diana she gave Paolo some bad credit cards. They shoot the door open, but Sandy and Diana escape.

Sandy tells Diana about his plan to redeem his name and Diana agrees to go along with him. Meanwhile a skiptracer (Robert Patrick) is dispatched to track down Diana to obtain a substantial bounty. On the road, Diana reminds Sandy that the people at the airport would have an issue with both of their ID’s reading “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”, so flying back is out of the question and they must return to Denver by driving.

After travelling through several states, the skiptracer catches up to the pair and captures Diana. A chase ensues and she knocks him unconscious, and Sandy rams his van off the road. When he gets out to check on Diana, a truck plows into his rental car, totalling it. They take the skiptracer’s van with him tied to the back, but it overheats on the road. They end up walking and almost stop to rest in the woods, but they encounter several snakes, one of which ends up in Sandy’s pants, which he takes off and throws away. Another snake bites Sandy’s neck and Diana accidentally knocks him unconscious while trying to beat the snake.

Sandy wakes up at a bus station in new pants with no money and no phone. He asks how they got there, and Diana says she carried him half a mile until she flagged down a truck to take them there. Unfortunately, the next bus to Denver doesn’t come for another three days. Sandy finds some money in his socks and is told by a guy who works at the station about a place to find a cheap car. When they stop for gas and realize they need more money, Diana asks if there’s anyone Sandy would like to get back at, and he thinks of one person – Harold Cornish. Knowing that there is someone who handles his finances, the two of them sneak into an accounting firm and coax an accounts processor into giving them access into restricted files, and they steal Cornish’s identity to create new credit cards. The accounts processor realizes this too late as they are fleeing.

Meanwhile, the skiptracer goes to the bus station and threatens the employee unless he tells him where to find Diana. He then gets shot by Marisol who, along with Julian, has been tracking the pair throughout their journey. Having overheard Skiptracer’s conversation they continue to pursue Sandy and Diana.

Sandy and Diana finally arrive in St. Louis and stop at a hotel and Diana spends more money than necessary. She gets a makeover and has dinner with Sandy. Things get heated when he asks Diana what her real name is, but she admits she doesn’t know it. She cries as she tells him that nobody cared about her when she grew up, so she doesn’t even have her own identity. She then says she lied about that just as the accounts processor comes in with cops, who arrest both Sandy and Diana. As they’re being escorted, they run into Marisol and Julian. Marisol calls Paolo, who tells her to follow Diana and kill her. That’s when Skiptracer arrives and shoots the two thugs in the legs and throws them in the trunk of their car.

Diana manages to un-cuff herself as she’s in the back of the police car, and then breaks the back windshield and escapes, just as Skiptracer hits the police car. Sandy gets out as well and Skiptracer nearly hits him, but Diana pushes him out of the way and gets rammed by the car, which causes Skiptracer to swerve off. As Sandy and Diana run away, Skiptracer is arrested along with Marisol and Julian. Diana is not injured from being hit by a car, and she and Sandy eventually make it home, where they are greeted by Trish and their daughters. Diana has dinner with Sandy’s family and reconciles with them.

The next morning, Sandy is prepared to tell Diana that he’ll go in alone to the station, but she’s gone. She left a note saying sorry. He goes into work, preparing to quit, but Daniel shows him that Diana is meeting with the police in an office. Detective Reilly tells Sandy he is no longer part of the investigation and Diana is taken away in cuffs. Before she leaves, Sandy has a moment with her and asks her why, and she says she knew he wouldn’t turn her in, but it was the right thing to do for her to do it herself.

One year later, Sandy is celebrating another birthday, this time with his third kid joining them. The family goes to visit Diana in prison, where she’s doing well taking some exams. As Trish takes the girls outside, Sandy presents Diana with a birth certificate of hers that he was able to find and it’s revealed that Diana’s true name is Dawn Budgie, which she thinks is a terrible name; the two then share a laugh on the matter, with Diana proudly stating that she “already knows who she is”. Diana hugs Sandy and begins to walk away, until an officer taunts her, prompting Diana to react and strike her in the throat. Another guard pulls out a taser from her pocket, and tases Diana in the back. Diana falls, but recovers seconds later. She then gets up and walks back to go to her cell. The camera takes one more shocked look from Sandy, as he walks away.

REVIEW:

There have been a plethora of films released this year that critics seem to totally despise. Identity Thief is one of those that audiences seem to totally ignore what they said and saw it in droves, some multiple times, but was it worth the price of admission?

What is this about?

Is Sandy Patterson a banking executive living in Colorado with his wife and kids, or is he a she and living it up in Florida? When Sandy is accused of crimes he hasn’t committed, he must track down the woman who has — in his name.

What did I like?

Molly. Although the made every attempt to make Melissa McCarthy an unlikable boil on the butt of civilization, her natural talent and charisma shone through. She is a very funny gal and we are sure to be seeing lots more of her in the coming years. Did I also mention that when she has that makeover near the film’s end, it seemed to open up the door for her character to show some emotion and allow the audience to see that she is human. Without McCarthy, this film doesn’t stand a chance!

Identity. There comes a point in the film that Melissa McCarthy’s character comes to the realization that she doesn’t know who she is. This wouldn’t be a big deal, except this is a film about identities, so it added another layer, both to her character and, to a lesser extent, the plot, as it serves as a bit of motivation for her crimes.

What didn’t I like?

Comfort zone. I think I say this in every film I see Jason Bateman in, and I will keep saying it until he does something about it. The guy seems to be in a trap of playing the same character over and over again. TV actors talk of type-casting. Well, Jason Bateman also seems to be suffering from that because he can’t seem to play anything but the put-upon nice guy who gets taken advantage of, only to have things work out for him conveniently at the end of the picture.

On the side. For some reason, we have this side plot involving Melissa McCarthy’s character, a bounty hunter, and a couple of hitmen. It doesn’t really fit into the story, if you ask me. It would have made more sense had they actually been chasing her from Florida to Colorado, but that wasn’t the case, at least they weren’t chasing her in a non-stop “I’ll kill you!” kind of way.

Cameos or wasted talent. I have to raise a question about this. Such talented stars as Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, and especially Eric Stonestreet, appear in limited roles, some bigger and more important than others, but are quickly brushed to the side or forgotten. It just seems to me that these characters could have contributed more to the goings on. I especially think this of Stonestreet, as he would have made a nice coupling with Melissa McCarthy’s characters, but maybe that’s just me.

Ok, so who thought that a road trip film about identity they would be a funny topic? Apparently the writers of Identity Thief, that’s who, but they were sadly mistaken. I found myself struggling to find a laugh in this mess of a film. There were a couple of chuckles, all of which went to Melissa McCarthy. I really wanted to like this picture, but just couldn’t. There isn’t any reason to torture a soul with this, so no, it doesn’t get a recommendation from me. If you want to see McCarthy do her thing, watch Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly, hell, you can even go back and watch her in a more dramatic role on The Gilmore Girls, but this is not worth your time.

2 3/4 out of 5 stars

Iron Man 3

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Tony Stark recalls a New Years Eve party in 1999 with scientist Maya Hansen, inventor of Extremis – an experimental regenerative treatment intended to allow recovery from crippling injuries. Disabled scientist Aldrich Killian offers them a place in his company Advanced Idea Mechanics, but is turned down.

Years later, Stark’s experiences during the alien invasion of New York are giving him panic attacks. Restless, he has built several Iron Man suits, creating friction with his girlfriend Pepper Potts. A string of bombings by terrorist the Mandarin has left intelligence agencies bewildered by lack of forensic evidence. When Stark Industries security chief Happy Hogan is badly injured in one such attack, Stark overcomes his stupor and issues a televised threat to the Mandarin, who responds by destroying Stark’s home with helicopter gunships. Potts and Hansen, who had come to warn them, survive the attack. Stark then finds himself in rural Tennessee after his artificial intelligence JARVIS followed a flight plan from Stark’s investigation into the Mandarin. Stark’s experimental armor lacks sufficient power to return to California, and the world believes him dead.

Teaming with Harley, a precocious 10-year-old boy, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of a Mandarin attack. He discovers the “bombings” were triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis, which at this stage of development can cause certain subjects to explosively reject it. After veterans started exploding, their deaths were used to cover up Extremis’ flaws by manufacturing a terrorist plot. Stark witnesses Extremis firsthand when Mandarin agents Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin attack him.

With Harley’s help, Stark traces the Mandarin to Miami and infiltrates his headquarters using improvised weapons. Inside he discovers the Mandarin is actually a British actor, Trevor Slattery, who says that he is oblivious to the actions carried out in his name. The Mandarin is a creation of Killian, who appropriated Hansen’s Extremis research as a cure for his own disability and expanded the program to include injured war veterans. After capturing Stark, Killian reveals he is the true Mandarin; he has kidnapped Potts and subjected her to Extremis, intending to infuse her with superhuman abilities and turn her against Stark as leverage to gain Stark’s aid in fixing Extremis’ flaws. Killian kills Maya when she has a change of heart about the plan.

Killian has also manipulated American intelligence agencies regarding the Mandarin’s location, luring James Rhodes — the former War Machine, now re-branded as the Iron Patriot — into a trap to steal the armor. Stark escapes and reunites with Rhodes, discovering that Killian intends to attack President Ellis aboard Air Force One. Remotely controlling his Iron Man armor, Stark saves some surviving passengers and crew but cannot stop Killian from abducting Ellis. They trace Killian to an impounded oil-drilling platform where Killian intends to kill Ellis on live television. The vice president will become a puppet leader, following Killian’s orders in exchange for Extremis to cure a little girl’s disability.

On the platform, Stark goes to save Potts, and Rhodes saves the president. Stark summons each of his Iron Man suits, controlled remotely by JARVIS, to provide air support. Rhodes secures the president and leads him to safety, while Stark discovers Potts has survived the Extremis procedure. However, before he can save her, a rig collapses around them and she falls to her apparent death. Stark confronts Killian and traps him in an Iron Man suit that self-destructs, but fails to kill him. Potts, whose Extremis powers allowed her to survive her fall, intervenes and kills Killian.

After the battle, Stark orders JARVIS to destroy each Iron Man suit as a sign of his intention to devote more time to Potts. The vice president and Slattery are arrested. With Stark’s help, Potts’ Extremis effects are stablized, and Stark undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart. He pitches his obsolete chest arc reactor into the sea, musing he will always be Iron Man, even without his armor.

In a present day post-credits scene, Stark wakes up Dr. Bruce Banner, who fell asleep listening at the beginning of Stark’s story.

REVIEW:

Last summer, The Avengers was the film everyone was looking forward to and talking about. This year, we are starting what Marvel Studios is calling Phase II leading up the second Avengers film with Iron Man 3. As you can imagine, there is a tremendous amount of pressure on this film, not only to not drop the ball, but also because this is the first big blockbuster of the year.

What is this about?

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

What did I like?

Tony, Tony, Tony. The last film was so focused on the Iron Man suit that we forgot there was a man inside, Tony Stark. Here we get back to basics with him, as he is without his suits and JARVIS for a good portion of the film. Yes, that is not necessarily a good thing for a summer blockbuster, but it just makes the final payoff that much better. Not to mention, Stark is a genius! Seeing his brilliant mind come up with innovative ways to escape and do things is something we haven’t seen since the first Iron Man. Say what you will, but Iron Man is ultimately nothing without the man behind him.

Stand alone. We all loved The Avengers and that is great, but what I really appreciated is how this stayed an Iron Man film. Yes, there were references to the events that happened in New York, and Stark has a bit of trauma from it, but that isn’t a major plot point. Admittedly, I was sort of afraid it would. Looking at the trailer for the new Thor movie, it doesn’t seem to be a problem in that one either. So, Marvel is doing things right. I don’t think we would have minded seeing Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and the others, I just felt that Stark needed some time to himself.

Comedy. Contrary to what some out there may want him to be, Iron Man has never been the dark, brooding type like Batman. The only dark thing about Stark is his alcoholism, which will never be covered on-screen as long as Downey is portraying him…for issues that would hit too close to home. So, getting moments of levity thrown in here and there are an absolute delight for me. It is what I know Iron Man to be and the cast seems to be having fun with these jokes, so how can you complain?

Kid. I’m not a fan of this kid they brought in, but for the purpose he serves, I suppose he works. It seems like they just wanted him to be a foil for Tony Stark and to remind the audience that while Stark is all about saving the world, he is still a total selfish douchebag, lest we forget.

What didn’t I like?

Final battle. In Transformers, one of the complaints was that you couldn’t tell who was who with all those gears and stuff clashing. In a way, that is how I felt watching this final scene. You’ve seen the trailer where all the Iron Man suits show up, right? Well, they all join in the fight, but it is very hard to tell who is who and what is going on. Part of that may be related to watching this in 3D and wearing those rented sunglasses, but it would have been nice to have a better sense of what was happening.

Yes, you have abs. Normally, I’m the last one to complain about seeing a woman in her sports bra, but when Gwyneth Paltrow is kidnapped, they strip her down to a sports bra. To me, it seemed like this was done for no other reason than for her to show her abs, especially since not long before that, we see another woman, but she was in her miliary gear.

Color scheme. This is a personal complaint, but who the hell told these people Iron Man is yellow and red instead of red and yellow?!? That just doesn’t look right! For me, it was distracting, I couldn’t wait for him to get out of that crappy paint job he calls a suit!

Imma call him War Machine. I would say this was done just for the movie, but there actually is an Iron Patriot. The armor is best associated with Norman Osborn, you know Green Goblin from Spider-Man. As far as I can tell, they changed it here for marketing reasons. Parents are so squeamish these days. Last thing they would want to do is buy a kid a toy called War Machine, but Iron Patriot? Not a problem. Isn’t that just sickening?

Botanist. This is a very small thing…hardly worth mentioning. You may remember Batman & Robin where a botanist was responsible for much of the evil that was happening. Well, this botanist doesn’t turn into a mad supervillain, but the idea did put me in mind of that film. I couldn’t help but think back to it, but that might just me overanalyzing things.

Mandarin. Let me tell you about the first Iron Man comic I read…It was the end of some storyline,  Stark came hom, poured a drink, took his armor off and got shot in the back. This would leave him paralyzed for quite some time. I keep hope that they’ll actually use this storyline in a future film. While he didn’t commit that heinous act, the Mandarin was the villain Iron Man had defeated before heading home. A sinister being of unspeakable power, thanks to his 10 rings. At first, the Mandarin here seems to be just as menacing a figure, then the proverbial curtain is pulled back. I’m not going to spoil anything about how they handled this interpretation, but I will say it pissed me off to no end to know that this is what they did to a great villain such as the Mandarin. Making matters even worse, they got Sir Ben Kingsley, who I felt would have been great as a true Mandarin, to do this. WTF?!? For a franchise that even through the changes it has made to the source material has had a pretty good track record of pleasing the fans, this was like a big F— you! All I can do is hope that he gets a true Mandarin-izing (yes, I just coined that phrase) before the next film. Prison has ways of changing a man, after all, and dammit does it need to do it quickly!

Iron Man 3 is sure to make a ton of $$$, but did you honestly think it wouldn’t? The new elements added to the already familiar story are hit and miss, but they work well enough when all is said and done. This new director, Shane Black, gave the film a darker tone which I am not sure I liked, but to each their own. I question what his obsession with Christmas time is, though. Ultimately, though, I had a good time with this film. It has some issues here and there, but still a really solid flick that you need to rush out and see ASAP. Yes, people, the summer movie season has officially arrived!

4 1/4 out of 5 stars

The Replacements

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The film opens with Shane Falco, a former star quarterback at Ohio State University who choked in his final college game and failed to succeed in the pros, doing his job cleaning the bottoms of peoples’ boats. While underwater, he finds a metal trophy football labeled “Shane Falco: All American” and pretends he is playing football again. Meanwhile, the fictional Washington Sentinels are shown playing a game in which commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall mention a players’ strike taking place over salary disputes. As the game winds down, Sentinels quarterback Eddie Martel chooses to slide to the ground instead of scoring the game winning touchdown to avoid getting injured.

Later that day, the owner of the Sentinels decides to hire Jimmy McGinty, the Sentinels’ former coach who was fired after getting into a fight with the team’s star quarterback, to recruit replacement players during the strike and coach the team for the rest of the season. He tells McGinty that all they need is three wins out of their final four games to advance to the playoffs. McGinty tells the owner he’ll only do it if he promises not to interfere with his coaching style. McGinty recruits many different ragtag players, and eventually convinces Falco to come off his boat and play quarterback again. Falco soon becomes attracted to the team’s head cheerleader, Annabelle Farrell, who likes him as well, but doesn’t want to date him because of her stereotype that all pro athletes are prima donnas.

In the Sentinels’ first game using replacement players, they trail by four with only a few seconds left to play. McGinty calls a passing play, but Falco gets scared and changes the call to a running play. Cochran, the team’s running back, gets tackled just before he reaches the end zone and the Sentinels lose. That night, the actual Sentinels players taunt the replacement players at a bar, leading to fight between the two teams. The replacement players get arrested, but are beginning to build team chemistry, which is something they lacked in the first game. The newfound team chemistry leads to a last second field goal victory in the next game, and then another last second victory the next week, leaving the team needing only one more victory to make the playoffs.

The team’s owner tells McGinty that Eddie Martel has crossed the picket line and will be re-activated by the Sentinels for the final game of the season. McGinty protests at first, saying that he will use Falco as his quarterback, but the owner convinces him that the team can’t afford to have Falco choke with the game on the line, especially since they are playing the best team in the league who has had their entire team cross. A heartbroken McGinty tells Falco that he has been cut in favor of Martel, but Falco accepts the news, saying that it’s best for the team since Martel is better than him, to which McGinty says that Falco has heart and Martel doesn’t. Falco stands Annabelle up on a date because of his depression.

In the final game of the season, Martel has trouble connecting with the rest of the team and scolds the rest of them when he makes a mistake. At halftime, the Sentinels trail 17–0, and reporter asks McGinty what they’ll need to win the game, to which he replies “miles and miles of heart” meant as a message to Falco. Falco hears him say this and comes to the game during halftime, and the rest of the team kicks Martel out of the locker room. Falco runs onto the field at the start of the half and draws loud and thunderous applause from the fans. He apologizes to Annabelle and kisses her on national TV. Cochran is able to run for a touchdown at the beginning of the half before injuring his leg. The Sentinels then score again to cut the lead to 17–14. With only a few seconds left in the game, McGinty calls for a field goal to tie the score and then go into overtime. But when Nigel ‘The Leg’ Gruff, the kicker, gets set, he tells Falco that he can’t kick the field goal, because several men in the audience will “take his pub”. Falco then snaps the ball then runs it all the way for a touchdown, only to have it brought back for a holding call. Falco then goes to the sidelines and tells McGinty that he wants the ball, implying that he has gotten over his fear of choking with the game on the line. Falco throws a pass to tight end Brian Murphy for a touchdown, and the Sentinels win 20–17, advancing to the playoffs, and the Sentinels begin dancing in synchronized formation. The film ends with a voiceover from McGinty saying that when the players left the game that night, there were no endorsement deals or victory parades waiting for them, just a locker waiting to be cleaned out, but it didn’t matter, because they each got a second chance at glory, which lasts forever.

REVIEW:

Football season is over, but apparently Netflix thought it was time to watch another football flick, The Replacements. I’m not complaining, but I would have much rather prefered to have seen this a couple of week ago before the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy what I saw.

What is this about?

Maverick old-guard coach Gene Hackman is hired in the wake of a players’ strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, Hackman dusts off his secret dossier of ex-players who never got a chance (or screwed up the one they were given) and knits together a bad-dream team of guys who just may give the Sentinels their title shot.

What did I like?

Strike. When I was in elementary school, there was an NFL strike. At the same time, I had just moved to a new town and my new friends introduced me to the sport of football. My love of football will always be tied to the strike, so that could be why I was so drawn to this picture, not to mention the fact that it tackles the subject of how little respect (and money) the replacement players received, while the real players just got more money…as always.

Neo. This is still a few years before The Matrix, if I’m not mistaken, but it is obvious that this is one of those films where Reeves is trying to shed that surfer boy image that we know him best for in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. True, he doesn’t exactly shake it off, but hey he gets props for attempting successfully to do so, not to mention he does play a convincing former quarterback.

Chemistry. If you’re a football fan, then you know that team chemistry is important. This is not something the filmmakers left out. It takes awhile for the team to gel, partly because it has been some time since each has played ball, partly because they haven’t gelled as a team, and partly because they just don’t know what the hell they;re doing out there. Eventually the ship is righted, but it isn’t until the final game that we really see how important chemistry is as the team cannot function with the starting quarterback who crossed the picket line, but fire on all cylinders once he returns.

What didn’t I like?

Love story. Maybe it was just me, but the relationship between Reeves and the head cheerleader seemed to be a but cliché and out-of-place. What I mean by that is we have the quarterback and the head cheerleader. To me, that  felt a bit too high school-ish. I didn’t fall for it, but I probably would have if they would have just left her as a football fanatic who owns a bar, or if maybe she was a cheerleader from his past, but as it is, this was just too convenient, for my taste.

Gambling. *SIGH* There is one thing that gets on my nerves about films, especially newer ones, it is when they introduce a plot device for the sole purpose of doing nothing but creating tension for the climax. This is what the whole gambling bit involving Rhys Ifans’ character was. In a different film, I believe it would have worked, perhaps if they would have even given it, and him, more time, it coud have worked here, but that isn’t the case and they shove it in at the last-minute with no build up or anything. I was half expecting them to show up in the locker room and threaten to break his leg, as well as other evil acts.

Similarities. I can’t help but notice how similar this is to another of my favorite football films, Necessary Roughness, especially when it comes to the characters, such as the receiver who can’t catch, washed up former quarterback,  the sumo wrestler offensive linemen, big, black defenders, tough as nails cop, etc. If this was a parody, sequel, or nod to that film, then I’d have no issue, but it comes off as more of a blatant ripoff.

The Replacements is a film that always seems to be on TV, which is never a good sign, as those are typically the type that aren’t very good. Despite that, I actually do like this film. It is one of the better sports comedies around, especially dealing with football. If you’re looking for some hardcore football action, you probably need to look elsewhere, but as far as a feel-good, comedy involving football, this should be your cup of tea. Check it out sometime!

4 out of 5 stars

Rudy

Posted in Classics, Drama, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger grows up in Joliet, Illinois, dreaming of playing college football at the University of Notre Dame. While achieving some success with his local high school team (Joliet Catholic), he lacks the grades and money to attend Notre Dame, not to mention talent and physical size. Ruettiger was much smaller than an average football player, weighing 165 lb (75 kg) and standing just 5’6″ (1.68 m) tall.

Ruettiger takes a job at a local steel mill like his father Daniel Ruettiger, Sr. (a Notre Dame fan); he prepares to settle down. But when his best friend Pete is killed in an explosion there, the youth decides to follow his dream of attending Notre Dame and playing for the Fighting Irish.

He leaves for the campus, but fails to get admitted to Notre Dame. He starts studies at a small junior college nearby, hoping to qualify for a transfer. He also manages to get a part-time job on Notre Dame’s groundskeeping staff and befriends D-Bob (Favreau), a graduate student at Notre Dame and a teaching assistant at his junior college. The socially-awkward D-Bob offers to tutor Rudy if he helps him meet girls. Suspecting an underlying cause to Ruettiger’s previous academic problems, D-Bob has Rudy tested, and Rudy learns that he has dyslexia. Rudy learns how to overcome his disability and becomes a better student. At Christmas vacation, Rudy returns home to his family’s appreciation of his report card.

During his final semester of transfer eligibility, Rudy is admitted to Notre Dame. He rushes home to tell his family. At the steel mill, his father announces it over the loudspeaker, “Hey, you guys, my son’s going to Notre Dame!” After “walking on” as a non-scholarship player for the football team, Ruettiger convinces coach Ara Parseghian to give him a spot on the practice (or “scout”) squad. An assistant coach warns the players that 35 scholarship players won’t make the roster. But, Ruettiger exhibits more drive than some of his scholarship teammates.

Parseghian agrees to the boy’s request to suit up for one home game in his senior year so his family and friends can see him as a member of the team. But, Parseghian steps down as coach following the 1974 season. After Dan Devine’s arrival as head coach in 1975, he decides against giving Ruettiger a chance to appear at a home game. Led by team captain and All-American Roland Steele, the players rise to his defense and convince Devine to let Ruettiger suit up.

At the final home game, Ruettiger is suited up and one of the captains invites him to lead the team out of the tunnel onto the playing field. As the game comes to an end Devine refuses to let Rudy play, so his team starts a “Rudy!” chant that soon goes stadium wide with Rudy’s family in the stands.

Coach Devine lets Rudy play on the final kickoff. He stays in for the final play of the game and sacks the opposing quarterback, and is carried off on the shoulders of his teammates.

REVIEW:

In my review for Major League, you may recall that I mentioned with the start of football season, I should be watching this film. Well, I took my own advice and finally sat down ad watched Rudy.

I won’t comment on the current controversy surrounding this film stirred up by Joe Montana and others that were actually involved with it, other than to say this is a biopic. Certain things were changed to make good cinema. If you don’t like it, then you don’t have to watch it.

Now, when I was growing up, I was a die hard Michigan fan (I think I was brainwashed by Square One). These days my heart lies with the Texas Longhorns, but I still have a bit of love for the Wolverines. So, you can imagine, I’m not exactly a fan of the Fighting Irish. I belive this is why I didn’t check this flick out until now, but there comes a time when you just have to get over personal bias.

Rudy is based on the life of Rudy Ruettiger, a guy who wanted to do nothing more than play for Notre Dame. The film chronicles his journey to that goal and all the trials and tribulations he had to endure along the way.

I like to call this a non-football football film, because while it is mainly about Rudy’s dream to play football, there really aren’t too many football scenes, in comparison to other football flicks.

The writing on this picture is excellent. The story is just dramatic enough to keep those that are only going to see this because it is about football interested. The few football scenes are there, obviously, because he’s trying to be a football player. There is also a bit of comedy and an early tragedy, so you get a little bit of everything in this picture.

Casting was pretty good. Sean Astin makes a good Rudy, mainly because of his height. Although, I wasn’t sold on his acting. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was the way he seemed to keep whining about not getting into Notre Dame to play football, while not realizing he was getting an education. Something infinitely more important.

Jon Favreau surprised me by being in this picture. I wager this had to be one of his early roles, because he looks noticeably different than he does today (look at the gut). He provides some great comic relief for the film, as well as a friend to Rudy. I have to wonder, though, if his character was real or made up just for the sake of the film. He just seemed a bit over the top.

Charles S. Dutton does what he does best, provide a level-headed mentoring voice of reason in a low paying job. I hate to put it that way, but that’s the way it is. Hands down Dutton gives the best performance in this film.

Notre Dame is the real star of this flick, though. The school is heavily features, especially the stadium and a couple of historical, prolific Irish coaches, Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine.

If I have an issue with this flick, it is that it takes too long to really get going. The short scene at the beginning is nice, as it gives us a bit of a background on Rudy and his friends and brothers, as well as the love for Notre Dame his dad had, but I just didn’t see the need to drag out more details for a good 30-45 minutes just to give us the same amount of background on these characters we could have gotten from a nice little 15 mintue (tops) flashback scene.

As far as feel good sports movies go, Rudy is up there with such classics as The Natural. While it could be better, it is closer to perfection that many would admit it is. I highly recommend this film to everyone!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

I Love You, Man

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Peter Klaven, a real estate agent, just got engaged to Zooey Rice. Zooey is ecstatic about the engagement and calls her friends to tell them about it, but Peter does not seem to have anyone special he’d like to share the good news with. While visiting his parents, it comes out that Peter is more adept at getting along with women, instead of having any male friends. After overhearing Zooey’s friends voice their concerns over the matter, Peter realizes he needs to find male friends in order to have a best man for his wedding.

Peter attempts to go on “man dates” with several men, which all end in failure, due to his general lack of knowledge in regards to “being a man”. Feeling rejected, Peter is about to give up, when during an open house at Lou Ferrigno’s mansion, he meets Sydney Fife, an investor who (admittedly) is attending the showing simply to pick up divorced women. The two hit it off very well, despite having different personalities, and exchange business cards. Later, Peter calls Sydney, and they go out for drinks.

The two continue to hang out more, and Sydney eventually invites Peter into his “man cave,” a space in his garage where he keeps a big-screen TV, his collection of musical instruments, and various other belongings. Peter and Sydney quickly bond over their mutual fanhood of the band Rush, and start meeting frequently for jam sessions. Peter finally introduces Sydney to Zooey at their engagement party, but Zooey’s opinion of Sydney sours when he makes a very awkward and inappropriate toast.

The next night, Peter is watching TV with Zooey, when Sydney calls and talks Peter into going to see Rush live. Zooey reluctantly agrees to join them, but feels ignored while Peter and Sydney are bonding during the concert. The next day, while shopping for tuxedos, Sydney asks Peter why he is marrying Zooey, and also asks for an $8,000 loan. After some thought, Peter decides to loan Sydney the money, and later grants him the honor of best man at his wedding.

Zooey, meanwhile, has become suspicious of Sydney, especially after he gets into a fight with Lou Ferrigno, possibly causing Peter to lose exclusive sales rights to Ferrigno’s house. Peter tells Zooey that he lent Sydney money and asks her if she knows why they are getting married. Hurt and angry, Zooey leaves to stay at her friend’s house.

When Peter leaves for work that next morning, he learns that Sydney has used the $8,000 loan to purchase several ridiculous billboard advertisements for Peter’s real estate business. Peter confronts Sydney, and decides to end their friendship. Peter then patches things up with Zooey, explaining to her that he is nervous but ready to get married.

Peter discovers that Sydney’s billboards worked after he starts receiving more clients and offers on the Ferrigno house. Peter feels bad about fighting with Sydney but doesn’t re-invite Sydney to the wedding. Before the wedding, Zooey sees Peter upset, so she calls and invites Sydney, who is already on his way to the wedding. Just before the vows are to be taken, Sydney makes a dramatic entrance. He informs Peter and Zooey that he is, in fact, a successful investor and returns the money he borrowed from Peter, stating that the billboards were the couple’s wedding present. Peter and Sydney declare their platonic love to each other, and Sydney assumes the role of best man

REVIEW:

With a title like I Love You, Man, one would assume this is some kind of flick about gay men, but you would be sadly mistaken because, in fact, this is a film about the relationship between two straight males who become best friends.

I have a little bit of a soft spot for this film, actually. No, I didn’t love it, but it did touch me. Like the main character, Peter, most of my friends, especially the ones I’m close to are female. I haven’t had a true male best friend since I was a wee little tyke. I’m sure there are more guys out there like me who feel the same way, but are just afraid/ashamed to admit it.

The comedy is what really drives this film. There are moments of slapstick, gross out/phart jokes, high brow, senical, and just plain physical comedy. However, with all those various types, each done very well, I might add, none really seemed to leave a lasting impression. As a matter of fact, if not for Jason Segal’s character, this film might have very well fallen flat.

The cast is pretty good. I have a bit of trouble believing that Jamie Pressly would marry Jon Favreau, though.

Paul Rudd plays the straight man to perfection, but I just don’t think he has enough to carry a film on his own. He just seemed uncomfortable the whole time. It was sort of like he wanted someone else to take over and be the lead. To this point, his character suffered.

Jason Segel single-handedly saves this flick. Seriously, if you take Segel out, this is a very dull flick. His comedic timing and manchild ways make this thing enjoyable. The drama at the end was a waste, but I guess there had to be some sort of conflict, right?

Rashida Jones’ hotness is wasted here, as well as her talent. She started off the film as the understanding fiancée, but as the film progressed she became this unlikable, jealous bitch. The ironic thing is that she is the one that suggested Peter find a best friend! Still, things manage to right themselves and she became likable (as if anyone can hate her).

Is I Love You, Man worth the time to watch? Well, yes and no. I mean it is a funny movie, and a definite break from all those typical rom-coms where some chick is running around pining for Mr. Right who happens to be right in front of her face…blah, blah, blah. However, the entertainment factor of a film like this, which is supposed to be a comedy, is low. So, sure you can watch this right now, or wait awhile. I’m sure it’ll pop up on TNT or TBS or something as one of their weekend movies.

4 out of 5 stars