Bad Words (2013)
Almost always funny man Jason Bateman is at it again. This time, he doesn’t only star in this new film, but he also makes his feature film directorial debut. He has had some directing experience with TV shows, but Bad Words is the first movie that he has directed.
The film is a comedy about a kid who loses a spelling bee. When he grows up and becomes a man, he (Jason Bateman) finds a flaw in the system and enters the spelling bee as an adult in order to try to win.
The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Rachael Harris, Ben Falcone, Judith Hoag, Philip Baker Hall, and Beth Grant.
As the title suggests, I think we’re in for some foul-mouthed humor which Bateman is becoming known for. The movie will probably be pretty funny.
Bad Words is set to release on 03/28/14.
We’re the Millers (2013)
Longtime drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) gets into trouble with his supplier (Ed Helms) and in order to make things right, he is forced to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico. In order to be less conspicuous and hopefully not get arrested crossing the border, David hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a nerdy neighbor boy (Will Poulter), and a homeless girl (Emma Roberts) to all act as his family. Together, they are the Millers.
Because Sudeikis is in the film, you know that you will be in for a comedy that is maxed out with gross, stupid, and raunchy humor. There is some pot humor, but it’s mostly all potty humor.
We’re the Millers is a sick, perverted version of Vacation (1983). Instead of a family going on vacation and everything going wrong, it’s a fake family going on a major drug-run and everything going way wrong.
The story is very formulaic and predictable with nasty surprises along the way. If you enjoy crass, this movie is crass. It is crude, but you can’t help but laugh at it.
It seems like Aniston has really brought herself down as an actress for making films like this one. She is way less classy than she used to be.
This is the type of movie that basically guarantees that you will never be taken seriously as an actor in the future. I understand that it is a comedy, however I think that it will be hard for anybody in the cast to not be typecast in the same kind of role and in the same kind of movie from here on out.
There is not much else to say about this film. If you like this type of comedy, then you will probably enjoy this movie. Because of how predictable We’re the Millers was, it was not quite as funny as it otherwise could have been.
It was worth the matinee price that I paid for the ticket because I knew what to expect. I most likely would not have paid full price at a night show.
I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.
Buy, rent, or run? Rent.