In this week of rentals I found myself disappointed with many of this years “better” comedies, where two other films ending up where I expected them to be. If you’re considering renting The Alphabet Killer, Horrible Bosses, Your Highness, or Win Win then read my thoughts before making your choice this coming weekend. [Read more...]
The latest from the Farrelly Brothers has a bit of an identity crisis, it doesn’t know if it wants to be crude (which rarely works here) or sweet (which does kind of work) and it never finds the right balance.
A Hall Pass is a week off from marriage with no consequences for any and all infidelities. Rick and Fred each earns their respective passes for different dalliances in passive sexual aggression and plan a week off from their wives as they send them off to the family beach house. Back at home, the boys dive into their week of freedom while their friends attempt to live through them vicariously to rather mixed results.
The way the situation unfolds seems quite natural and believable and the way the guys start off their week seems just about perfect. As the week roles on and their situation plays out, the boys find that their week of freedom might not be what they at all expected. The women on the other hand find the freedom to be far more advantageous for them as they uncover some unexpected fun on their end of things.
The film follows Erin and Garrett a new couple that meets over a game of Centipede and when they fall harder than expected they decided to keep the relationship going when Erin has to move back across the country. What follows is a realistic struggle as they cope with the distance, try to keep things alive, and deal with burdens of being 3000+ miles apart. Friends and family give advice as each end of the couple struggles with the sexual frustrations, loneliness, and communication problems of being three time zones a part. The struggle feels hard and is done very real and I can’t comment enough on how authentic they made the film feel.
Following the recent release of The Switch, it seems as if we have made yet another step in the right direction of the realistic romantic comedy with Going the Distance. Maybe not quite to the same extent as the former, but way better than that heightened, cookie cutter, romanticized nonsense, none-the-less.
When it comes to long distance relationships everyone always thinks that their love is stronger than the lack of proximity to their significant other, and Erin and Garrett are no exception. From the first day they knew that things couldn’t last because Erin would be moving back to California in six weeks, but quickly things escalate from “keeping it light.” Now they are stuck on opposite ends of the country with only texting, phone calls, and hope to keep them warm at night, wishing that eventually they will finally be able to live in the same city within the next year.
While together Drew Barrymore and Justin Long provide a great matching for this couple, working well off of each other (insert gossip about their on-again-off-again off-screen relationship here). Yet obviously relationships like this and the plans people have for them don’t always go according to plan. [Read more...]
Milo and Nicole are ex-husband and wife and haven’t seen each other since the divorce. Nicole works for a local paper and is on the brink of breaking a story about a potential faked suicide that runs deep with implications to who is involved. Nicole has a court appearance for assaulting an officer and when she skips on bail at her trail hearing chasing a lead a bounty is put out on her head and that is where Milo comes in. An ex-cop, Milo is now a bounty hunter and getting paid five grand to bring in his ex and help pay off his sizeable gambling debt, that has goons hunting him while he hunts bounties, is sweet news to his ears. The two finally catch up to one another in Atlantic City but the trip to jail becomes complicated as each of their enemies begins throwing multiple obstacles on their path back to NYC.