It's rare that a movie about a wedding comes along that doesn't make me want to throw up. After all, for every The Proposal there's a Bride Wars, a Something Borrowed and a 27 Dresses. Kristen Wiig's idea to collaborate with Judd Apatow to make a wedding movie that anyone can enjoy could have been a disaster, but the end result really does have something for everybody: the typical-guy moviegoers most movies seem to cater to, the ladies who even go to see the clearly awful wedding movies, and anyone who simply likes good comedy. Here are just a few of the numerous moviegoing subgroups who might enjoy this movie.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are like the geek community's Laurel and Hardy. After Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, putting them together in a movie -- even without Edgar Wright at the helm -- is like mixing up a batch of nerd Kool-Aid, and we're all gonna drink it. But while the Greg Mottola-directed Paul is packed with plenty of references to comic books, Comic-Con and science fiction, it's also a raunchfest worthy of the Superbaddirector. So if you're a nerd who likes dick jokes, you'll be McLovin' it, but otherwise it's just a fun road trip comedy that somehow manages to be less than the sum of its parts. Think of it as Fanboys with two Brits and an alien, and minus Kristen Bell.
Heading out to see a screening of Extract, I was optimistic. I enjoy the hell out of Mike Judge creations (Beavis & Butthead still crack me up, and I could quote Office Space verbatim if necessary). Also, I love the cast -- Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner and Gene Simmons. Hell, I was even prepared to overlook the fact that Dustin Milligan from the new 90210 has yet to display any discernible amount of acting talent. But all those things combined could not make an entirely good movie. Don't get me wrong, there were some really, funny, funny moments and the premise is pretty entertaining too, but the movie dragged, and what wasn't amusing was really pretty terrible and even the stuff that was laugh worthy started to grate on my nerves after the same joke was recycled for the fifteenth time.
Before you go to see this feel-good romp about a girl who discovers roller derby and first love in the same week, there are a few things you should know about Whip It! (Exclamation theirs. I would have gone with an ellipsis.)
Now, being a semi-literate, heterosexual male, I didn't see Twilight. I mean, I wanted to, but I knew they were making a sequel, so I figured I had time to see the first one before the second came out. But now, all of a sudden, I'm seeing commercials for the new one, and it opens this weekend! It's been what, a few months since Twilight came out? I mean, I knew they were fast-tracking the thing, but this is ridiculous! I want to go see the new one, but I still only know the basic elements of the first, so I'm not even totally sure what's going on here, but this is what I think is going on in Twilight 2: Adventureland.
We really shouldn't have expected much from a film adaptation of a Saturday Night Live sketch. After all, of the ten movies that the show has spun off, you can count the ones that are entertaining on one hand (The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, Superstar, list over). But the MacGruber sketches are so funny, with a bomb-defusing Will Forte getting held up by father-son issues, political correctness and heroin addiction, that we thought there was no way the movie could fail -- especially with co-star Kristen Wiig on board. But the redband trailer, which surfaced last week, makes it look like a huge mess. Maybe they're focusing on the more risqué elements for this particular trailer, but since it's the first one we've seen, we're gonna go ahead and assume the rest of the movie is like this, meaning a shoestring assembly of far too on-the-nose jokes.