For a Good Time, Call… was one of the funniest trailers of last year in my opinion. Two college enemies are forced to move in together because of financial reasons and they end up with a successful phone sex business. Raunchy comedies walk a thin line with little room for error and this movie delivered it well. So many raunchy comedies try way to hard to be edgy and in your face, while this movie pulls it off without having to do that.
Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor were very enjoyable as the leads and my soft spot for Justin Long was nailed by his gay best friend character. Really excited to see what Lauren Miller and first time writer Katie Anne Naylon come up with next. Females are taking over comedy movies in Hollywood right now and I am all in for it.
Rating – 7/10
With little hope in Adam Sandler comedies these days, I still decided to check out That’s My Boy. Sandler plays Donny, Andy Samberg’s father, who slept with his teacher during his teenage years and had a son, Todd, played by Samberg. The notion of a teenage kid sleeping with his beautiful teacher brought on money and success and put the now pregnant teacher in jail. As expected, with most childhood success stories, the money, drugs, and alcohol cost Donny all his “success” and his relationship with his son. With Donny needing money to stay out of jail, he turns to his successful son Todd, as Todd’s wedding day approaches.
It wasn’t as bad as Jack and Jill but I did enjoy Grown Ups more for what it’s worth. I don’t understand why Sandler continues to make these cheesy raunchy kid comedies that don’t work. He has all that money piled up and a name that will green light anything. I just wish he had some serious direction but in saying that, my childhood love of Adam Sandler will continue as I keep seeing everything he does and remain a fan.
Rating – 4/10
Well kids it’s that time of the year, it’s back to school time! With that said, here is my Top 5 Back to School List!
5. Old School (2003)
– What happens when three guys open a fraternity near their former college? Awesomeness.
4. Superbad (2007)
– Three guys make the most of their last day as high school seniors.
3. Dazed and Confused (1993)
– Senor hazing, high school parties, and creepy McConaughey.
2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
– A group of misfits stuck serving detention find a way to come together.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
– Remember when you faked being sick to stay home… well this is how you take a sick day.
- Election (1999)
- Clueless (1995)
- Dead Poety Society (1989)
- American Pie (1999)
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Imagine this same movie with a different director, less comedy attempts, and a better script. That overhaul would make this a great movie but instead it’s decent at best. The actual story is very interesting and dark, so I don’t get why Michael Bay decided to almost make it cartoonish at times. I even think when I rented this off iTunes it was under the comedy genre. This could have been so much better in the right hands, especially since the casting was great.
I love dark humor but the entire movie seemed like they were trying to do their lighter version of a Tarantino movie. Tarantino has the ability to make a gritty and intense film with the perfect amount of comedic relief and this was the exact opposite. I understand our trio of meat heads are not the sharpest knives in the crayon box but at times this was too silly to believe. It’s not a bad Summer movie but that could be because my expectations were very low and this Summer has been lousy for movies.
For the record, I am not an anti Michael Bay person at all. I just felt like the cast, plus the story was something that could have been great but instead we got an average and forgettable movie.
Rating – 6/10
What I Watched in August 2013
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
- The Bad News Bears (1976)
- 21 Jump Street (2012)
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
- Wanderlust (2012)
- Star Trek (2009)
- Oblivion (2013)
- Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
- Only God Forgives (2013)
- For a Good Time, Call… (2012)
- Pain and Gain (2013)
I’m calling the good for the month a tie between Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. I really enjoyed both movies and this is coming from a Star Wars person. Never watched the TV series or the previous movies and know very little of the background or characters but these were a blast to watch. High hopes for the third movie. 9/10 for both.
God might forgive but I don’t. Nicolas Winding Refn was coming of a smash hit in Drive and dropped a hot artistic deuce on us with Only God Forgives. I loved Drive and it immediately got me on the edge of my seat for whatever Nicolas was making next so this artistic piece was a giant let down. I probably need to give it a second viewing with a more open mindset but I’m good. 4/10
The Old or Surprising:
Thought I would be discussing The Bad News Bears here but instead I’m going to go with something that surprised me, 21 Jump Street. I knew it had a great cast but I remember when they unearthed Starchy and Hutch for a movie and how poorly that went. This wasn’t that at all. This is a very funny movie that hits relentlessly on the comedy. Storyline is weak as expected. Watch it for the jokes and embrace the storyline because it’s the right thing to do. 9/10