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Blockers (2018)


Blockers (2018)

My expectations are always low when I go to see a movie like Blockers.  It looked like raunchy, stupid, situational, and just gross humor.  Sometimes that is OK.  Therefore, I gave it a shot.

The film is about three parents who band together to try to prevent their three daughters from having sex on prom night.

The movie was directed by Kay Cannon and the noteworthy cast includes Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gina Gershon, Ramona Young, Gary Cole, and Hannibal Buress.

Blockers is raunchy, funny, stupid, and disgusting.

Some of the crazy nauseating things that went on in this movie kind of makes me worry for millennials and any generation after them.  I am not sure if this is a sign that I am getting older or if each generation is getting grosser and more messed up.  Either way, I have generally been OK with sick humor, but sick humor these days, is just getting disgusting and out of hand.

Besides being overly gross, the movie actually had a somewhat positive message.  There were a number of laugh out loud moments, if you are a fan of sick humor.

On a comedy level, the movie was entertaining.  Sometimes you just need stupid humor.  The movie was very predictable, but that did not take away from the comedy.

This is definitely not a film to see with your kids or your parents.  It is also one of those movies that people will have trouble admitting to others that they thought it was funny.

There was a bit of unnecessary nudity, but what would you expect from a movie called Blockers?  It was everything you would expect from a movie of this genre.  Foul language throughout mixed in with all kinds of inappropriateness.  You cannot walk into a movie like this and expect anything different.

John Cena and Leslie Mann were both actually quite funny in Blockers.  Ike Barinholtz also had his moments.

The adults in the movie were funnier than the teenagers.  The teenage actors in the movie were easily forgettable, in fact.  That was a little disappointing.  Often, it is movies like this one that help to boost a young person’s acting career.  People find them to be funny and then all of a sudden they start popping up in everything.

The film premise of parents trying to prevent their kids from having sex, is a good message.  However, they made it as dirty as they could by calling it Blockers.  As messed up as the movie gets at times, there is still an underline moral to the story.

I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

Knocked Up (2007)

The 40-year-Old Virgin (2005)

Game Night (2018)

Daddy’s Home (2015)

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

Road Trip (2000)

The Wedding Crashers (2005)

The Hangover (2009)

Old School (2003)

Step Brothers (2008)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

This is 40 (2012)

The Change-Up (2011)

Stealing Harvard (2002)

Orange County (2002)

Big Daddy (1999)

This is the End (2013)

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The Best Movies of 2009


The Best Movies of 2009

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2009 (even if some were made in 2008).  I have included trailers for each movie.  Click on any of the highlighted titles for my full review of that film.  I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2009 that are worthy of this list.

 

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Public Enemies (2009)

The Hangover (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zombieland (2009)

The Box (2009)

The Road (2009)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

 

State of Play (2009)

Push (2009)

Extract (2009)

Taken (2008)

Brothers (2009)

The Messenger (2009)

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Terminator Salvation (2009)

Up (2009)

The Proposal (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (2009)

Surrogates (2009)

Couple’s Retreat (2009)

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Gringo (2018)


Gringo (2018)

I did not expect much from a movie titled Gringo.  From the trailer it appeared like it would be a fun, goofy, action, dark dramedy.  Sometimes it is OK to watch dumb humor and that is what I expected with Gringo.  How many other movies where the title is a racial slur would you expect to be any good?

With a cast that includes the likes of Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Sharlto Copley, and Amanda Seyfried, it would be hard to go wrong, right?

The movie is about how an average business trip to Mexico for Harold Soyinka, quickly takes a turn for the worse and he finds himself in a tangled mess between a drug cartel, the police, and his backstabbing boss.

The movie was directed by Nash Edgerton and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton, Alan Ruck, Kenneth Choi, Melonie Diaz, Harry Treadaway, and Yul Vasquez.

This is one of those movies that overcompensates in the trailer to make the movie look a lot more entertaining than it actually is.

I has its comedic moments, but not very many of them.  If has some action, but not very much of it.  You get to like the characters, but on a little bit.  I was actually shocked at how not funny this movie was.

How do you assign the comedy genre to a movie that is not very funny?  This has become more and more common for Hollywood, these days.  There are too many subgenres.  This is an example of a movie that is trying to be too many of those subgenres at once.  It wants to be a comedy (dark, stupid, witty, goofy), drama, and action.  You cannot always have your cake and eat it too.  You cannot lump all of those genres in to a film and always expect to pull it off.

This movie bleeds with underused talent.  It is a comedy for actors that are not known for comedy and it shows because they have a lot of trouble actually pulling off humor of any kind.

Sharlto Copley stole the show.  He managed to bring the most amount of comedy and entertainment to the film, even though it still fell short.

The movie was just not very fun.  I found myself a little bored about two thirds of the way through.

Overall, Gringo is a poorly written “dramedy” with a little bit of action.  Even the cast cannot save this film.  It is worth a rental if you are curious about the movie, but do not waste your money in the theater unless you have a MoviePass.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

Masterminds (2016)

We’re the Millers (2013)

Keeping up with the Joneses (2016)

The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover II (2011)

The Hangover III (2013)

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

Due Date (2010)

Hall Pass (2011)

Office Christmas Party (2016)

Bad Words (2013)

Identity Thief (2013)

Game Night (2018)


Game Night (2018)

If you are a fan of games like I am, then this movie probably looks like fun to you.  The concept of diving into the unknown and stirring up your plain everyday life sounds great, doesn’t it?  Of course it does.  That is why I had to check this movie out.  Because, it is about exactly that.  It is about a game night filled with endless possibilities, mystery, and excitement.  Also, the trailer for the film is pretty funny and I wanted to see more.  The next best thing to playing a game is being a spectator.

This movie is a comedy about a group of friends that get together for a regular game night.  Their most recent game night gets a huge upgrade when one of the friends surprises the others with a real life puzzle.  One of them will be kidnapped and it is up to everyone else to find that person by following the clues left behind.

The film is written by Mark Perez and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.  The noteworthy cast includes Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Michael C. Hall, Jeffrey Wright, Danny Huston, and Chelsea Peretti.

There have been a lot of comedies in recent history that have fallen flat.  The humor often is just not there or it is not consistent enough to warrant the genre of a Comedy.  Game Night is not one of those movies.  It is all kinds of funny.  It takes a little while to get going, but then it does not stop.

This film feels like a fun game.  The title is fitting, but for a couple of reasons.  The obvious reason is that it is about a game night, but more importantly the movie itself actually feels like a game night.  It is a great movie to see in the company of others (as comedies often are).  See this movie on movie night and it will feel just like a game night.  All the ingredients are there.  The excitement, the fun, the laughs, and the good time are all a part of it.  Buy some snacks at the concessions and you got yourself some good old-fashioned entertainment.

There is a comfortable assortment of humor in this movie; witty, dark, sarcastic, situational, and stupid.  It is a tasteful variety that is sure to make anyone laugh.

The film had a bit of a The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) feel to it.  The characters think something is fake when it is actually real and hilarity ensues.

I felt like the cast all did a superb job in their roles.  The casting department compiled an enjoyable bunch of characters.

Bateman continues to prove his versatility between comedy and drama.  Not a lot of actors are capable of drama and humor at the same level.  Jason nails it!

McAdams, who is not known for her comedy, manages to pull it off because there is also just the right amount of drama in this film.

Chandler keeps up the trend of being always likable no matter what part he is playing in an acting role.

Michael C. Hall had a great cameo performance.  I think it worked well in this film because of his excellent history as the phenomenal Dexter in the well-known Dexter (2006) TV series.

Plemons continues to prove himself as a solid actor every time that I see him in a movie (which has been a lot lately).  In this one, he hysterically steals the show.

If you are looking for an exciting comedy, Game Night is totally worth it!

I rate this movie an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

The Hangover (2009)

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Wedding Crashers (2005)

Teaser Trailer for Last Vegas (2013)


Last Vegas Poster

Last Vegas (2013)

Last Vegas looks like an old-guy version of The Hangover (2009).  In fact it could just be The Hangover Part 18 from the future; mistakenly released to us early.  A group of old friends get together for a bachelor party in Las Vegas and things get out of hand.

It probably won’t be as funny as The Hangover, but it might actually be pretty entertaining because the deck is stacked in the movie’s favor based on who is in it.

The cast includes Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Kline, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, and Weronika Rosati.

The movie is directed by Jon Turteltaub.

The film is actually set to release on 11/1/13.

Due Date (2010)


Due Date Poster

Due Date (2010)

Due Date engulfed me in laughter.  It was one hysterical moment after another.  Just when I thought I could not laugh any longer, I giggled and then laughed harder and longer than before.

The film is a sort of new-age Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (1987).  Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) is leaving Atlanta and trying to return to his nearly birthing wife (Michelle Monaghan) in Los Angeles.  Everything is going smoothly until Peter bumps into Ethan (Zach Galifianakis).  Peter ends up stuck traveling across the country with Ethan desperately trying to be in the delivery room when his baby arrives.

Due Date Driving

The chemistry and timing between Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis is hysterical.  The way that their personalities play off of each other is brilliant.  Robert Downey Jr. brings a slick, suave, seriousness to his character and Galifianakis is everything but.  The duo was a perfect casting match.  I think that this movie is easily my favorite Robert Downey Jr. movie and could be the best movie that Zach Galifianakis is in.

Due Date

Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis, Danny McBride, RZA, Matt Walsh, and Todd Phillips all have small cameo-like appearances.

The humor is clever and raunchy and about everything else in between.  But, it is all mostly just well-crafted.  The writers: Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedman, Adam Sztykiel, and Todd Phillips, took a very basic idea for a story and screenplay and let their imaginations run wild.

Due Date Restaurant

Due Date is directed by Todd Phillips.  He continues his trend of directing and being a part of hilarious movies.  I didn’t realize that he also directed The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011), The Hangover Part III (2013), School for Scoundrels (2006), Starsky and Hutch (2004), Old School (2003), and Road Trip (2000) among others.  That is a heck of a comedy resume!  If you liked any of those movies, than you will definitely like Due Date.

If you have not seen this movie, I implore you to do so.  It is available to rent on Netflix, or just go out and buy it.  It is not currently available at the Redbox.  I have probably seen it 5 times now and it was highly amusing every time.  You will not be disappointed.

Due Date belly

I rate this movie a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  BUY!

If you liked Due Date (2010), then you might enjoy Identity Thief (2013).

Note: I did you a favor by only posting the teaser trailer for this movie.  The full-length preview shows way too much.

Trailer for The Hangover Part III (2013)


the hangover 3 poster close up

The Hangover Part III (2013) (click on the title for my full review)

Here is the first look at the teaser trailer for The Hangover Part III.  It supposedly all ends with this third piece of the trilogy.

Hollywood loves sequels.  They want to see how much money they can squeeze out of basically one story.  Honestly I am pretty fed up with sequels, but a movie like this is guaranteed to have moments of uncontrollable laughter.  The Hangover (2009) was hilarious.  The Hangover Part II (2011) was really funny, but not as good as the original.  I have a feeling that The Hangover Part III will probably be about as good as Part II.  Maybe we will be pleasantly surprised and it will be better than the original, but for the most part with few exceptions, the original is always the best and the sequels never add up.

Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Justin Bartha are all back again for another go round.  Ken JeongHeather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike Tyson, and many more from the first two parts are back again along with the addition of John Goodman.

Hollywood is sure to rake in a lot of cash once again, and I’m sure there will be some laughs along the way.

The movie is set to release on Memorial Day, 5/27/13.