Why do so many movies have vague, mysterious titles? They Came From Upstairs? What the hell is that about? Renters? Old Life magazines? Away We Go? Who's going where, and why? Shorts? What about them? They're really comfortable! No, we want titles that tell us who's in them, or what's going to happen, or where it takes place -- it will take a lot of the guesswork out of our movie selection process. When we went to see Knocked Up, we knew it was going to be about an unplanned pregnancy. Beverly Hills Chihuahua? The adventures of a spoiled Mexican dog. Monsters vs. Aliens? Der. Luckily, a bunch of studios are taking a more direct approach this summer, spelling out their films' central themes right there on the marquee. Unless you're the type of person who likes to know every single solitary detail of a movie before you go in, the following movies need no further explanation.
Here at TWoP, cheesy romantic comedies are like our Kryptonite. We can take high-school musicals, twee indie dramedies and mindless mega-octane actioners, but have someone do a pratfall into a wedding cake or wind up accidentally naked in front of someone's grandma, and we get the dry heaves. So we're torn over The Proposal, which on the one hand looks like Green Card Redux, and on the other hand... looks kind of awesome. While you Green Card fans may be right there with us, the rest of you may wonder if we've lost our senses. But here's five reasons we're actually thinking about putting on some sunglasses and a trenchcoat and sneaking into this movie.
Are we having fun yet? After a trip to the DVD aisle, we'll be having a lot more fun, because this is the week of fun movie releases. Maybe not good movies, but "good" and "fun" don't always go hand-in-hand. Also, "clean."