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...]
Sandler’s latest comedy romance flick is a bit confused with what it wants to be as it openly embraces broad physical comedy as well as trying to be a sweet romantic comedy. The film becomes a huge contrived mess by the end and it all starts with Sandler’s character, Danny. Danny likes to wear his wedding band, which he never got to use, to pick up hot sympathizing girls after he sells them on a sob story about his marriage. At a party he picks up Palmer (Brooklyn Decker), a young blonde school teacher, but doesn’t have his ring on and forms a real spark with her. After spending the night on the beach together, Palmer, discovers Danny’s fake wedding ring in his pocket which forces him to create a lie about it in that he is getting a divorce. From here he recruits his assistant, Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pose as his ex only to discover that she is actually quite the looker as well when she isn’t dressed up work clothes. Before we know it Danny’s cousin and Katherine’s kids are involved and the mess gets even bigger; and I haven’t even thrown in the couple from Katherine’s past that further complicates things.
I have never been a huge Adam Sandler fan, and based on the few clips and trailers I have seen I was pretty ready to write this one off. Let’s just call it a general lack of enthusiasm on both fronts. But fans can rejoice once more; if he has made a fan of me with Just Go With It, then their loyalty is sure to be rewarded once more.
This time around Sandler plays a plastic surgeon, Danny, who has managed to bed girl after girl by playing the “I’m in a horrible marriage” card, avoiding commitment and hurt by doing so. However, following a night on the beach with yet another woman he decides that he may finally be willing to make something more than just a one night stand. But when she finds his wedding ring in his pocket he must quickly build a web of lies to avoid telling her the truth, starting with turning his assistant Katherine into his soon-to-be ex-wife and her two kids into his own. [Read more...]
The Switch is a high concept rom-com that might seem a bit, “I’ve seen this before,” but its great performances, fantastic heart, and the most realistic characters in a rom-com, in what feels like forever (save 500 Days of Summer), make this a quality effort that is easy to enjoy.
(This review might be a tad spoilerly for some, but I really don’t go into much beyond the trailer and to be honest I think I clarify things so you can have the best enjoyment of the picture. If you want to stay as blind as possible though, skip the next paragraph to be safe.)
Now we have all seen the preview for this and there is only one thing that the trailer is selling, Jason Bateman’s character, Wally, swaps his sperm for that of his best friend’s donor and seven years later the kid and friend re-enter his life after a Midwest hiatus. Jennifer Aniston plays the best friend, Kassie, and while Wally and hers’ relationship started on a dating level, Wally quickly pushed them into the friend zone and they have been best-ies ever since. [Read more...]
The title might speak towards the switch of a certain bodily fluid in the story, but this is not the only switch with this film. Instead, what we get is a non-stereotypical romantic comedy (if you can even stick that genre title on it), differing in tone and far less groan worthy than most.
For better or worse, family and friends have a tendency to think they know what’s best for us. In Wally Mars’ case, well, he thinks his best friend is making a mistake by deciding to get pregnant through artificial insemination. Though he strongly apposes it, he still lends his support by showing up for her pre-pregnancy party (AKA the sperm donation party). But that isn’t all he lends. While in the bathroom he drunkenly disposes of the donor’s goods, replacing them with his own. Soon after she moves away, only to return years later with a son that strongly resembles Wally, who has no recollection of what he did that night. [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.
Steve Zahn plays Mike, a motel manager who falls in love with (AKA becomes obsessed with) Jennifer Aniston’s art saleswoman, Sue, while she is passing through on business. Stupidly, in a bout of loneliness she gives in to his creepy attempts to woo her by sleeping with him before flying back home, not realizing how idiotic this act is and how she will have to pay for it later.
This dramedy that is being sold as some silly romantic comedy is actually pretty serious and interesting look at relationships that works for the most part, outside vindicating the failures of some its characters in the end and warping young girl’s minds.
The film follows an ensemble of intertwining characters and couples, for instance Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, and Ginnifer Goodwin (yes three “jen”ifers) all work together and they gossip about their love life’s, Connelly and Aniston both are married or in a long term relationship, while Goodwin is the example of exactly how a girl should not act if she is trying to pursue a man, which connects us to a Kevin Connolly as they open the film on a date though he is already infatuated with Scarlett Johansson who has a chance encounter with Bradley Cooper who is Ben Affleck’s friend who is in a long time relationship with Jenifer Aniston to bring things full circle. Now the interconnections between these people come into play for an occasional twist here or there, but where the film works the best is in the examination of relationships and the courting process of males and females today. [Read more...]