A Thousand Words

image Eddie Murphy is one of most talented comic actors.  Unlike Ted which was fresh and made me laugh throughout the entire movie, 1000 Words has a few good scenes but remains pretty mediocre.  Murphy plays Jack, a high-flying literary agent, who is angry that his father abandoned the family when he was around 10. As he trying to sign a Deepak Chopra like figure for his agency, a tree suddenly appears in his garden and for every word he speaks another leaf will fall of the tree. When all leafs are gone, the tree and he might die. As he trying to conserve words, his marriage falls apart and he is fired.  To rescue himself, Jack needs to get in touch with his inner true self.

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No Comments 30 August 2012

Friends with Benefit

image Romantic comedies used to have few explicit sex scenes. In 1989 the film When Harry met Sally pushed the boundaries of the genre when Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in a restaurant (see the funny scene). Friends with Benefits focuses the first half on the bedroom and how to create comedy around the lovemaking act. Except for the last scene, which is very well done, I felt like I had seen the story a million times.

 

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No Comments 30 January 2012

Crazy, Stupid, Love

image The first three quarters of the film are stupid. No, boring is a better word. Everything feels staged. You feel that you are watching a comedy without soul and intelligence. But then suddenly it all changes, you are in for a big surprise and the film comes to life.  I wonder if it would be been possible to create this dramatic turn of events without boring me out of my mind for most of the film.

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No Comments 4 December 2011

Mrs. Doubtfire

image Robin Williams is one of the most talented comedians alive. The range of voice impersonation he can do is amazing. Some of his talent is on display in Mrs. Doubtfire. The film was made in 1993 and feels a bit outdated. There are funny moments but the most enjoyable part of the film is to watch Robin Williams impersonate an old English house sitter.

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No Comments 3 December 2011

Cedar Rapids

image Selling insurance is one of the most boring jobs in the world. But some people’s personality seems to be uniquely suited for this line of work. Tim Lippe is one of them. The most excitement Tim has experienced in life to date is having sex with his former 7th grade teacher (Segourney Weaver) once week. But now he is sent on a road trip to Cedar Rapids. There he is introduced to the most fun insurance people you can imagine. Gorgeous women (e.g. Anne Heche) are chasing this nerd and giving us a few laughs. I enjoyed the film a lot more than the 40-year-old virgin but it definitely is not a film you must see.

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No Comments 3 July 2011

Bridesmaides

imageWatching a teenage girl lose her boyfriend of 3 weeks is a lot less scary than watching a woman in her late 30 losing her boyfriend of three years. The film relies on the fact that as adults we all realize that the teenage girl is probably better off being “back on the market” where her twenty-year-older self enters a “bad market.” There are already many film in the Getting-Ready-for-a-Wedding genre. Except for the last 15 minutes the film is banal and boring compared to even such light fare as Four Wedding and a Funeral. If you want to see an initially funny and the deep film about marriage, see the splendid Barney’s Version. The writer Mordecai Richler uses a plot line in Barney’s Version that I once had developed but now no longer can claim as mine: Boy waits long time to marry. Has found great spouse. But at the wedding he meets someone who he instantaneously recognizes as the person he should have married. Bridesmaides never reaches such deep waters.

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No Comments 26 June 2011

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

image My Wes Anderson Film Festival continues. This week I screened his fourth film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). While Anderson pushes the cinematography onto a higher plane than in Rushmore or Bottle Rocket, the characters here feel more constructed and synthetic. Owen Wilson co-wrote the first two Anderson films. Perhaps he brought greater depth to the characters. The motor driving The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is the imaginative power fueling the script and the love for constructing detailed sets for each scene.  Think of a Jacque Costeau documentary, Finding Nemo, and All About Schmidt or Sideways rolled into one. The eye is enchanted. Yet at times the film felt slow because we never sense that something dramatic is about to happen with any of the characters.

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No Comments 7 November 2010

It’s Complicated

image “50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce,”  says Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri.  Sometimes I hear arguments that the divorce rate is so high because people go into marriage without sufficient commitment. I don’t think that a large number of people say to themselves on the day of their wedding as if they are selecting a restaurant for evening: “If it does not taste good, I will simply go to a different restaurant after the entre.” Most people I know find divorce quite unpleasant. Especially when there are children involved, one never fully get’s divorced. Typically at least one of the partners is deeply disappointment that the idea of being together for the rest of the life did not work out. Not infrequently this let-down partner hopes that a miracle will happen and reunite the failed couple.

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No Comments 28 January 2010

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

image The trailer was a lot funnier than the whole film that was only mildly amusing.  The subject, of course, is serious. Human beings are designed to have sex but some people are extremely shy and lack social skills to hook up. The entire premise of the film that at age forty you can lose your virginity strikes me as highly unlikely. I once met a 65-year-old virgin who shared with me his philosophy of sex. I came away with the view that once he had hit forty, his chance of losing his virginity had dropped to virtually zero. That is why he was still a virgin at 65. Yes, the tagline of the film is correct: “The longer you wait, the harder it gets.” The film felt too constructed because the hero gets lucky in the end. I don’t think that life is that kind for most 40-year-old virgins.

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No Comments 23 January 2010

The Proposal

image The Proposal is a lot better than I had expected after seeing the trailer for it. The short preview made it look like a silly film with a lame plot and stale humor. The heroine (Sandra Bullock) starts out a bitch. She is the chief editor of a distinguished book publisher in New York City. Showing how far women have come, she successfully harasses our hero (Ryan Reynolds). In an effort to avoid deportation from the U.S. because of a visa violation, she forces him to agree to marry her. Our hero goes along with her proposal not simply because he is weak but because he able to get something in return: The heroine agrees in return to promote our hero from her mere assistant to an independent editor at her publishing house. If you are up do date on immigration law enforcement, you will know that the IRS does not like it when you marry someone just to help them stay in the country.

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No Comments 1 October 2009

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