Welcome to Spling Movies

Welcome to Spling Movies

Custom Search
Banner
Banner
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next > End >>
Fanboys [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3384 ]
Review: Fanboys is a road trip comedy about friends, fanatics and final wishes, which is based on a New Zealand short film of the same title set in 2003. Star Wars is the common denominator as a geeky bunch of guys set off on a cross-country road trip to steal a draft copy of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace from Skywalker Ranch. The cast doesn’t have any major stars, unless you count Dan Fogler, the lead from Balls of Fury. Dan Fogler is still trying to break the Jack Black roles, but manages to bring h...

Confessions of a Shopaholic [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3216 ]
Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic is based on the books “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” by Sophie Kinsella. The film adaptation takes to screen in a similar way to Bridget Jones’s Diary, yet has the sophistication of Cake, starring Heather Graham. P.J. Hogan, who brought us Muriel’s Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Peter Pan, takes the reins on Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla Fisher (Definitely, Maybe) stars as Rebecca Bloomwood and is supported by H...

Paul Blart: Mall Cop [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3442 ]
Review: Paul Blart: Mall Cop is an action, comedy with a touch of damsel-in-distress romance, starring Kevin James as Paul Blart. He’s a mall cop, who takes his job too seriously and his love life is on the rocks. The movie has all the feel-good elements of a typical Happy Madison production with old tunes, the game of love and plenty of laughs. However, Paul Blart: Mall Cop isn’t typical Adam Sandler territory, it functions like a Die Hard parody with a touch of Home Alone and Airheads. Kevin James...

Management [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3412 ]
Review: Management is an oddball romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. The cast have had their fair share of ups and downs in Hollywood... but that's enough about their private lives. Aniston revisits her role from The Good Girl to produce another decent performance in this off-kilter "romcom". She's the main draw card amid a crest of familiar faces. Steve Zahn takes the spotlight, although as the title and movie poster suggests, he plays second fiddle to one of Holl...

Asterix at the Olympic Games [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3777 ]
Review: Asterix at the Olympic Games is the third film starring Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu as much-loved cartoon characters, Asterix & Obelix. The Gauls are French, so it seems only fitting that the film be made in French, however much of the comedy is lost in translation. This forces the comedy to be slapstick, which makes up for the distracting dubbed dialogue. Hitting Romans out of their shoes is funny in Asterix because in a cartoon world anything is possible, however it seems much more ...

Finding Lenny [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4678 ]
Review: Finding Lenny is Barry Hilton’s long-awaited debut on the big screen. “The Cousin” is a legend when it comes to stand up comedy, and he brings a South African flavour to his comic twist on everyday situations. He’s instantly recognisable and stars in his own TV Series, Funny You Should Say That and appears in a number of commercials, most notably Savannah. Candid comedian Leon Schuster is currently the movie mogul when it comes to South African comedy, churning out record-breaking hits l...

White Wedding [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3632 ]
Review: White Wedding is a South African romantic comedy that contrasts the romance of white weddings with the comedy of cross-country road trips. White Wedding is a collaboration between Jann Turner (Hard Copy), Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi) and Rapulano Seiphemo (Jerusalema). The trio co-wrote White Wedding, with Turner directing and Jerusalema duo, Nkosi and Seiphemo starring. It’s a unique South African story, which is composed of heartwarming, funny and genuine homegrown themes. The movie juxtaposes thr...

Surfer, Dude [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3044 ]
Review: Surfer, Dude… more like Surfer, Dud or Wipe Out, Dude. This is a movie that takes a pinch of Cheech & Chong and a touch of Harold & Kumar and then forgets its actually meant to be a comedy. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson should have duck-dived under this wave as S.R. Binder, director of the acclaimed Hands on a Hard Body documentary, gets dumped on the shore. Binder’s debut as a writer-director is as appetising as Spinal Tap’s Shark Sandwich album and feels more like a whirlpool o...

The Promotion [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3048 ]
Review: The Promotion squares John C. Reilly and Sean William Scott off against each other as they contend for the coveted position of store manager at a Donaldson’s supermarket. This is unusual comedy terrain for both stars, who have aligned their mainstream personas with films like Evolution and Talladega Nights. John C. Reilly has pawed at more acidic comedy with The Good Girl, starring Jennifer Aniston, but The Promotion is more deadpan funny like The Office. Sean William Scott has showed his vers...

17 Again [ 2009 ] [ Hits:8960 ]
Review: 17 Again is just like those fantasy age concept movies from the late ’80s: Big, 18 Again! and Like Father, Like Son. In fact, it’s like a combination between 18 Again! with George Burns/Charlie Schlatter and Like Father, Like Son with Dudley Moore/Kirk Cameron. This time it’s a Matthew Perry/Zac Efron pairing that put the age reversal on for size. The concept may be about 20 years late, but like 13 Going On 30, its just the kind of light entertainment that people crave in times like these....

Hamlet 2 [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3453 ]
Review: Hamlet 2 is a film by writer-director Andrew Fleming, who co-wrote Hamlet 2 with South Park writer-producer, Pam Brady. The film stars Steve Coogan of 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story. The British actor is starting to find his groove in Hollywood, after several years of scratching the glitz. He finds himself in a world of off-beat comedy in Hamlet 2 as Dana, a man trying to inspire his drama students with the art of theatre. This is a perfect vehicle for an over-the-top performance...

Bruno (Preview) [ 2009 ] [ Hits:2975 ]
Review: Brüno is Sacha Baron Cohen’s third incarnation after the much-quoted Ali G and the controversial culture shock that is Borat Sagdiyev. From his days on The 11 O’Clock Show to hosting his own show… the man has sent shock waves of comedy: ranging from downright witty to upright horrific. Some have called him “a comic genius of many faces in the shadow of the great Peter Sellers” (or at least I just did), while others have wanted to castrate him for ridiculing their nationality. Either w...

Liar Liar [ 1997 ] [ Hits:3419 ]
Review: Liar Liar is straight from the same duo that brought you Ace Ventura. Tom Shadyac is behind camera, and Jim Carrey is in front. The two have a great understanding, trust and respect for one another. Tom allows Jim the space to go ballistic as only Jim knows how, and Jim doesn’t want to disappoint his esteemed pal. Liar Liar tells the story of how a little boy’s birthday wish comes true. The little boy happens to be Fletcher Reede’s son, and his wish… is that his dad wouldn’t lie for 24...

Mr Bean's Holiday [ 2007 ] [ Hits:2869 ]
Review: Mr Bean’s Holiday is not what one would expect from Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean in a sequel. The trailer was funny, and many would have expected Mr Bean’s Holiday to be something on the verge of his first feature length film, Bean: The Movie. His first attempt was designed to penetrate the US market, but it just didn’t work. The story was ludicrous, and simply connected revamped Bean TV series comedy skits. This didn’t charm the audience, and simply betrayed British audiences and fans tha...

Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3451 ]
Review: Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, is the latest National Lampoon’s take on the franchise. This time Kal Penn, a smash hit character from Van Wilder: Party Liaison, takes the spotlight as Taj Mahal Badalandabad. Taj has moved on from America, and now it’s time to revolutionise the British. Following in his mentor’s footsteps, Taj is initiated into the stiff upper lip tradition, following in his father’s legend. He lands himself in “The Barn”, where all the misfits are sent to take reside...

Wild Hogs [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3188 ]
Review: Wild Hogs is a feel good film that combines the motorcycle road trip plain-sailing from Easy Rider with the mid-life crisis comedy from City Slickers. It’s a winner with some big name stars including: John Travolta, Tim Allen, William H. Macy, Martin Lawrence, Ray Liotta, Stephen Tobolowsky and Marisa Tomei. All the characters get into their roles, and produce some great comedy in the process. You can see the actors had a great time making the film, and I can’t remember laughing out loud so ...

The Pink Panther [ 2006 ] [ Hits:2951 ]
Review: The Pink Panther (2006) is silly, and stupid. It’s loosely based on a plot from one of the originals, but doesn’t fare well with Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. It’s not that he’s a bad Clouseau, it’s just not as funny as the director and cast pretend it to be. The jokes are over-cooked and the visual gags are mostly pathetic. Steve Martin is a talented individual, but I think he bit off more than he could chew by taking this project. It boasts an all-star cast, which includes Kevi...

Knockaround Guys [ 2001 ] [ Hits:3359 ]
Review: Knockaround Guys has a great cast including John Malkovich, Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Dennis Hopper. But what makes this film with great potential so raw and lame? The plot seemed viable, the actors were of a high calibre - but where was the magic? Knockaround Guys is the story of mafia bosses. More importantly, it’s about their sons. They say you can’t choose your family, and for a crime lord’s son - life can be difficult. I’m not talking about being lynched by the rival family, but li...

The Hangover [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4221 ]
Review: The Hangover is the ultimate bachelor party, wedding jitters, road trip splurge on Las Vegas. This is a guy’s movie that toes the line with raunchy humour from screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and Todd Phillips, director of Old School. You’ve got the comedy and camaraderie of City Slickers shared between Doug, the groom-to-be and his three groomsmen. If you loved it when Ferris took a day off school and howled when the Superbad crew hooked up with the police, then The Hangover’s wha...

Guess Who [ 2005 ] [ Hits:3463 ]
Review: Guess Who is a remake of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967), which won 2 Oscars, and included Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracey and Sidney Poitier. In 1967, there were some states in America that were against mixed-marriages and relationships. The film was probably the equivalent of today’s view on homosexuality. Guess Who is much tamer in comparison, and having a white guy with a good credit rating(Ashton Kutcher), instead of a black doctor (Sidney Poitier), makes the situation comical r...

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next > End >>