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Observe and Report [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3473 ]
Review: The thin line between love and hate isn't as thin as we once thought... and it's blue, thanks to recent mall cop movies Paul Blart: Mall Cop with Kevin James and more recently Observe and Report with Seth Rogen. Malls have become a credit card frenzy in an undercover park 'n shop gold mine, where you can find just about anything, whether you're shopping for jewelry, a laptop or a new girlfriend. No wonder it has also become a hot spot for petty crime! Drugs cost money, and if you can't hold down...

Year One [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3678 ]
Review: Year One... is indomitable on paper. Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Harold Ramis behind the camera... these are all legends in their own right. The story follows two low-life deadbeats as they wind their way through the first year after the birth of Christ. There's an irreverance in the air, but it doesn't land on either side of the fence... making it a lukewarm comedy terrain dependent on physical performances, rather...

Farce of the Penguins [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3640 ]
Review: The name Bob Saget should ring a bell for most people. The guy made a name for himself in the popular sitcom, Full House and also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. His heyday was in the ’90s, and it seems destined to stay that way after this mockumentary of March of the Penguins, in which a number of stars voice real-life penguin characters in one penguin’s quest for love. The Farce of the Penguins combines Saget’s dirty comedy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Full House warmth, M...

Adventureland [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3852 ]
Review: Adventureland is Greg Mottola’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed American teen movie, Superbad. Except Mottola takes both writing and directing credits on Adventureland, making this his second writing expedition since The Daytrippers. What worked for The Daytrippers, and what works for Adventureland is that the audience are naturally drawn to the characters, who find themselves in an everyday situation, where there’s never a dull moment. The dialogue is interesting - even thought-provok...

Fired Up [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3706 ]
Review: What would you think if you heard a film had been submitted to the MPAA 8 times to obtain a PG-13 rating, was written by four writers credited as "Freedom Jones" and contained no nudity whatsoever, after marketing a poster with a giant F.U. for Fired Up? Well the F.U. part certainly rings a bell in this luke warm attempt at a post-90s teen comedy. For starters, one of Fired Up's bros Eric Christian Olsen, starred as Austin in Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. Now forgive me for saying this, but he...

The Dog Problem [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3189 ]
Review: The Dog Problem is a step in the direction of Woody Allen, and a step back as a derivative of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The film was written and directed by Scott Caan, who is better known for his acting. Caan allows a fluid script to dominate a simple story about a dog, and a romantic episode between a down-on-his-luck writer and a stripper. The concept was laden with potential, however the inside joke wears thin quite quickly. The language is offensive, and the relatively young ensemble try to fit...

My Life in Ruins [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3360 ]
Review: My Life in Ruins is a "romcom" about a tour guide operator rediscovering life and love in Athens, Greece. The premise sounds like fun with a decent cast and romantic setting, however it's star, Nia Vardalos, physically embodies the film's main flaw... it's much lighter than My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My Life in Ruins looks fantastic as a trailer, but the full version can't possibly compete with the highlights reel. So it makes a frivolous, popcorn-munching hour and a half seem worthwhile... align...

Adopted [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3961 ]
Review: Adopted is a Pauly Shore movie. You know... Pauly Shore. You're telling me you don't know who Pauly Shore is? Come on buuuudddy... the weasel, Encino Man, Biodome, Jury Duty, In the Army Now, Son in Law... Pauly Shore is Dead? Okay - well it's not the first time the guy hasn't been recognised and his heyday was in the early '90s with an interesting foray into "life without Pauly" in 2003. He's been primed as one of those guys you either love or hate and there are many haters out there that proba...

Semi-Pro [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3347 ]
Review: Semi-Pro is Kent Alterman’s debut directorial, and takes Scot Armstrong’s screenplay to the big screen with the largest ego in the world. We’re talking about Will Ferrell whose career has been propelled by competitive over-the-top performances. He dazzled with Ron Burgundy, establishing a cult-following for Anchorman, he amused audiences with Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights and he oozed masculinity in Blades of Glory as Chaz Michael Michaels. The man is ridiculously funny and has set a new...

Mad Money [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3513 ]
Review: Mad Money is directed by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for her writing on Thelma & Louise. Add three prominent actresses in Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and you’ve got the ultimate chick flick, right? Wrong. This money heist movie may be all about the girls, but that doesn’t stop the guys from enjoying this crime comedy caper. Three female employees at the Federal Reserve hatch a “foolproof” plan to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Don’t get me wrong, this i...

Boxboarders! [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3299 ]
Review: Boxboarders! is a movie that models itself on extreme sports from ESPN and the X-Games. The tongue-in-cheek approach from writer-director Rob Hedden is hilarious, and his lead stars, Austin Basis and James Immekus are the crazy glue that makes this whole movie stick. This is a sports movie with loads of comedy that will appeal to the young at heart. Watch as two slackers accidentally invent a new sport called… Boxboarding! Imagine what Wayne’s World’s Wayne and Garth must’ve been like be...

Heavy Petting [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3749 ]
Review: Heavy Petting is a Malin Akerman movie that lets the world of dating go to the dogs… Writer-director Marcel Sarmiento constructs a playful movie that’s a lot more innocent than its title would suggest as the game of love gets a few doggy obstacles thrown into the mix. Damsel-in-distress Akerman stars opposite Brendan Hines, the hero, who’s aided by Kevin Sussman in his quest to get past the puppy love stage of his relationship. It’s a classic case of guy meets the girl of his dreams. The...

Superhero Movie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3335 ]
Review: Superhero Movie is a spoof in the tradition of Scary Movie, and uses Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man as its main fodder. In recent years, superhero movies have become more credible thanks to technological advances in cinematography and breakthroughs in computer-generated images. The post-World War escapism that popularised superheroes like Superman, has found a place in post-9/11 culture. Comic book heroes have been given new life in the 21st Century in a world driven by success and retrospective revam...

Kill Buljo: The Movie [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3812 ]
Review: The best way to describe Kill Buljo: The Movie would be to imagine a strange low budget mixture of Kill Bill, Austin Powers and Reno 911. Kill Buljo: The Movie is a production by Norweigan film-makers, Tommy Wirkola and Stig Frode Henriksen. The duo are comparable with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, since both teams share a similar love/hate relationship with Hollywood. The desire to mimic and destroy are both inherent in each team’s work as they both write and then split duties when it comes to...

The House Bunny [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3073 ]
Review: The House Bunny looks like it could go one of two ways. Thankfully (for some), the movie heads off into uncharted romantic comedy territory instead of delivering a sleazy behind-the-scenes gross out comedy. Anna Faris (Scary Movie) has come into her own, and is a charming lead in this bubbly teen Barbie queen chick flick. She’s nowhere as silly as her take in Scary Movie, and isn’t half as irritating as her role in Just Friends. Instead she chooses to tone things down, making room for the au...

Disaster Movie [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3275 ]
Review: Disaster Movie follows in the tradition of Superhero Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie and every Genre Movie that continues the so-called “legacy”. These slapstick spoof movies have become so intertwined in popular culture, that there’s very little to absorb in terms of actual content. The sole purpose of these movies is to ridicule contemporary films and pop culture symbols that have preceded them, so they have a limited shelf-life. This is what distinguishes them from classic slapstick comed...

The Pink Panther 2 [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3750 ]
Review: The Pink Panther 2 is the sequel to the 2006 revision of the classic starring Steve Martin. The white hair says Leslie Nielsen, while the mustache is all Peter Sellers. Unfortunately, Martin gets lost in the grey in-between. His impersonation isn’t bad, the whole show just becomes a cringe-fest when he keeps trying so hard without even cracking a smile from the audience. The first Martin Pink Panther was a comic disaster, and ruined the reputation set forth by the cartoon and Peter Sellers. Th...

Anywhere But Home [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3719 ]
Review: Anywhere But Home a.k.a. Four Christmases is a comedy directed by Seth Gordon (The King of Kong), starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. The leads are supported by no less than four Oscar winners playing their parents, including: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen. Anywhere But Home is like Meet the Fockers: Christmas Edition and attempts to reel in some big comedy moments with its ensemble. Vaughn plays Brad, an attorney who would rather fake humanitarian work th...

Religulous [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3272 ]
Review: Religulous is a documentary written and starring stand-up comedian Bill Maher, and directed by Larry Charles (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazhakstan). Good documenatries always take a perspective, and the angle of Religulous is that of Atheism. One could even dub Religulous as more Borat than Michael Moore. Bill Maher was brought up as a devout Catholic and his mother is Jewish. One can see how plenty of his irreverant comic material actually stems fr...

Yes Man [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3573 ]
Review: Yes Man is a Jim Carrey comedy. Yes, it’s funny but Man is it similar to Liar, Liar. Don’t get me wrong… Carrey is just as hilarious, even if he does tone it down a notch from his Ace Ventura days. The biggest difference between Yes Man and Liar, Liar is that Carrey is ten years older. He’s still a jack-in-the-box when it comes to fun, but he seems wiser and more concerned with elevating the romantic side of things. You can’t blame him with the gorgeous Zooey Deschanel by his side. The...

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