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Movie Review – Don Jon: Hilarious, Raunchy & Creative

My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My girls. My porn. These are the lines that Jon speaks to describe all the items in his life that are important to him. Yes, the porn indeed! Jon is called Don Jon by his friends due to his incredible way with girls. And by way, I mean the way he can sleep with a different girl seemingly everyday of the week. This all changes (well, sort of), when he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson with a distinct New Jersey accent). What starts off as a project in trying to get laid with Barbara becomes a full blown relationship. Jon finds himself in a position willing to give up hanging out with his friends, giving up his old lifestyle all because Barbara asks him too. Barbara catches him one night with “his porn”, finds it absolutely disgusting and is about to walk out. Jon convinces her it’s not his, a friend just sent it over. He tries to give it up, but is unable to. Upon doing one of the things he agrees to (in the most hilarious manner), he has a run-in with what seems like a crying crazy […]

TED: A Teddy Bear for Adults

Director: Seth MacFarlane Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, discount Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Release Date: June 29, 2012 Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane Ever since the trailer first came out during commercials during Family Guy, I have wanted to see “TED”. It is THE comedy of the summer that I was looking forward to. For those who haven’t seen the trailer, TED is about the speaking, walking teddy bear that comes to life because a young boy named John wished he would come to life and be his best friend forever. Fast forward 25 (or so) years later. TED aka “Teddy” smokes pot, hits on girls and brings them home. It’s not only John that lives with Ted, but John’s long time girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) as well. She’s fed up with the lack of responsibility that John takes on and wants Ted to move out. So… the story begins. The idea will either seem stupid or hilarious to people. Seeing as I rather enjoy Family Guy and see Ted as a real life Brian/Peter of sorts in the form of a cute and cuddly bear, the concept really tickled my funny bone. Being Seth McFarlane’s first feature film, I […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: As Expected

Director: Kirk Jones Screenplay: Shauna Cross, clinic Heather Hach Release Date: May 18, viagra 2012 Actors: Cameron Diaz, salve Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock Based on the book of the same name by Heidi Murkoff I say “As Expected” because I didn’t expect much from “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, and in return, I got as I had expected: a cute forgettable movie. With such a large cast, it would have been impossible to make a terrific movie (in the same vein as so many other small storyline movies with a huge cast like “Happy Valentine’s Day”, “New Year’s Eve”, etc.). Based loosely on the book of the same name, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” follows five couples that deal with pregnancy and having children differently. First, there is Jennifer Lopez’ character of Holly and her husband Sam who struggled to have children and are now trying to adopt. Meet Elizabeth Banks’s character Wendy, who owns a baby store and knows all things babies and about pregnancy. Her husband Gary and her have been trying to have a baby for a long time (2 years) […]

Paul: A Road Trip Not Forgotten

Director: Greg Mottola Screenplay: Simon Pegg, order Nick Frost Release Date: March 18, 2011 Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristin Wiig, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Signourey Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Jane Lynch, Blythe Danner Have you ever had a dream to befriend an alien? You haven’t? Okay, so maybe this dream is only for nerds, or perhaps it was sprouted from E.T.’s first appearance on the big screen, but was much too creepy for this chick. Paul would either be your new annoying pal or your new best friend. He will outdo you in everything though, including turning invisible and having the tiny gift for healing animals and human ailments. He however, can’t drive worth a lick. If this doesn’t give you a quick idea of what kind of comedy Paul is, here’s a quick summmary. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play best buddies Graeme and Clive from London, England who have made the long flight over to San Diego to attend the Comic-Con convention. (And for this Comic-con goer, it was a lot of fun seeing these scenes of them at the Gaslamp Quarter, crossing the road to the convention center!) […]

Win Win: A Winning Combination

Director: Thomas McCarthy Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy Release Date: March 18, buy more about 2011 Actors: Paul Giamatti, malady Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Bobby Canavale, Jeffrey Tambor As opposed to the earlier Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids”, “Win Win” is a breath of fresh air. Starring Paul Giamatti, and newcomer Alex Shaffer, “Win Win” is a story about struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who is trying to take care of his family who also coaches the high school wrestling team. Due to his inner struggle and stress as a result of his lack of clients and needing more financial help, he ends up appointing himself as his client Leo Poplar’s guardian, with less than moral decisions. Mike ends up running into Leo’s grandson, Kyle, who has left his mom and wants to get to know his grandfather. With bleached blond hair, a quiet straight faced demeanor, and a surprising interest in the people around him, Mike and the rest of his family quickly grow fond of Kyle, after allowing him to stay in their home. Complications arise when Kyle’s mom (Melanie Lynskey, “Two and a Half Men”) comes around looking for Kyle and her father. I was really impressed by […]

Just Go With It: Surprisingly Funny

Director: Dennis Dugan Screenplay: Allan Loeb, cardiology Timothy Dowling Release Date: February 11, 2011 Actors: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews Based on the play ‘Cactus Flower’ Jennifer Aniston has had some hits and misses in the past year, notably her last film with Gerard Butler and The Switch. She’s a competent actress, but she does not invoke confidence when seemingly cast for another romantic comedy. I’ve been fairly impartial to Adam Sandler’s movies – I’ve liked some, I’ve hated a few, and thought some were okay. Plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler), after leaving his fiancee at the altar, discovers the power of a wedding ring: it attracts girls. So Danny continues wearing a fake wedding ring when it suits him. One evening, he meets and hooks up with the girl of his dreams (Brooklyn Decker). Unfortunately, Palmer discovers his fake wedding ring, believing of course, that it is real and is furious with him, refusing to have any further contact with him. Danny decides to tell her that he is divorced to save himself, but comes to a road block when Palmer says she wants to meet her. Danny […]

Movie Review: How Do You Know (December, 2010)

Director: James L. Brooks Screenplay: James L. Brooks Release Date: December 17, arthritis 2010 (USA) Actors: Reese Witherspoon, tablets Paul Rudd, valeologist Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn Catching up with movie reviews this holiday season! Anyone who knows me knows that I love romantic comedies. (Though, lately, not as much.) I enjoy those Lifetime, Hallmark films with those flightly light romantic movies. Seeing the trailers for How Do You Know did not give me much hope, but I went in with cautious optimism and low expectations. Unfortunately, even with my low expectations, How Do You Know fell completely flat. With the combination of James L. Brooks, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson, one would think this powerhouse would make a successful romantic comedy, and it did neither. Add Owen Wilson, and the whole movie seems to be lost in finding its tone. Does it want to be wacky funny? Does it want to be touching funny? Reese Witherspoon plays Lisa, a star softball athlete that has been cut from the team in the new season. She’s been dating the famous baseball player Matty (Owen Wilson) who is totally into himself, and is unsure of knowing whether or not […]

Movie Review: Morning Glory (November, 2010)

Director: Roger Michell Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna Release Date: November 10, physiotherapy 2010 Actors: Rachel McAdams, visit this Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum Morning Glory has been compared to the 1987 movie Broadcast News, starring Holly Hunter, a film that was nominated for 7 Oscars. Morning Glory is doubtful to live up to its ‘glory’ of that film, but Rachel McAdams and the film itself has a lot to offer. Rachel McAdams plays Becky Fuller, an ambitious 28 year old producer who gets hired to “The Today Show” morning equivalent on broadcast station ibs – “Daybreak”. The show is the lowest rated out of all the network stations, and Becky is hired as a last resort to try and save the failing show. “Daybreak” is hosted by Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and the creepy, apathetic Paul McVee (played by hilarious Ty Burrell, best known for his role in Modern Family). Becky and the rest of the crew find Colleen extremely difficult to work with, but, unlike Paul’s apathy, is invested in the success of the show. Paul quickly finds himself without a job, and Becky is left trying to find a new co-host for the show. She […]

Movie Review: Due Date (November, 2010)

Director: Todd Philips Screenplay: Alan R. Cohen, stuff Alan Freedland, about it Adam Sztykiel, gonorrhea Todd Phillips Release Date: November 5, 2010 Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx People who love The Hangover, will probably enjoy Due Date, as the humor coming from Zach Galifianakis is the same similar literal humor found in the The angover. Admittedly, I am not really that huge of a fan of The Hangover and thought the first movie was just alright. (Apparently, I’ve been told that I’m incredibly wrong). Though most of the funny moments are to be found in the trailer, there were a few newly added entertaining moments in the film that were not included in the film (my favorite dialogue must have been between Robert Downey Junior and Jamie Foxx). However, though most of the funny scenes were indeed funny, the overall story was tiring, dry and almost sentimental. Why? Well, Robert Downey Junior plays Peter Highman, who is on currently on a business trip and needs to return home quickly to his wife (Michelle Monaghan) who is about to give birth to their son through a Cesarean. Upon arriving at the airport however, Peter has the […]

Movie Review: You Again (September, 2010)

Director: Andy Fickman Screenplay: Moe Jelline Release Date: September 24, disinfection 2010 Actors: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Signourey Weaver, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Christine Lahkin Being the Kristen Bell fan that I am, I was thrilled to see this movie come up as an available screening. I was also very much in need of a cheering up, and a comedy with all my favorite celebrities was exactly what the doctor ordered! Kristen Bell plays Marni, who, in high school was tortured and teased by the beautiful and tall Joanna (Odette Yustman from Cloverfield and The Unborn) has become beautiful and successful working for a PR firm. Coming home for her brother’s wedding, she soon discovers that her brother’s fiance is none other than .. Joanna. Marni’s mom Gail (played by the wonderfully hilarious Jamie Lee Curtis) soon discovers that Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Signourey Weaver) was her best friend in high school and is now one of the richest women in the country. What ensues is a bit of silly behaviour in jealousy, revenge, and a whole bunch of hilarity. However, the movie feels neither completely one-sided – evil, or downright mean, which I think manages […]