When I told someone that I'd seen Due Date, I was immediately asked, "Were all the funny parts in the trailer?" Which is tough for me to answer, because once I see them in the trailer, I usually don't find them funny in the movie. They're just there. So while there were certainly other jokes I remember laughing at, the parts that really stand out to me were the dramatic moments. Because while the movie is definitely a comedy, the two characters are both highly damaged individuals, and the comedy comes from how they're damaged in very different ways. If someone had told me that the guy who directed the goofy Road Trip would make another, much better road trip movie ten years later, I would have said I'd believe it when I saw it. Well, I saw it.
The reviews are in for The Hangover's sequel, and they're pretty brutal across the board. I read a few of them before I went to the movie last night so I was expecting a boring, lazy, unfunny re-hash of the first movie - basically just a pointless cash-grab of a film. And while Part II certainly has its faults -- the ending is a laughable throw-away, there's a date rape bit that was ill-advised, and Alan's shtick flounces between hilarious and irritatingly Michael-Scott-at-his-worst stupid, to name a few -- I honestly laughed a lot and genuinely enjoyed the movie overall. The majority of critics clearly disagree with me, but here are the reasons that I think The Hangover Part II is much more watchable than it's being made out to be.
All of the best films center around some sort of conflict, but it seems like most of this week's releases center around gratuitous conflict. It's like at some point in the creative process, someone stood up and shouted really loudly, "Let's get these people to fight!" ...Not that we're necessarily complaining, of course. We shout that all the time, usually in inappropriate situations.
Finally, the literary adaptation we've waited years for! The fantastic imagery! The unspeakable terror! The parallels to our own world! That's right, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is finally out on Blu-Ray! The long, hard, gay-innuendo-filled wait is over! Also, some other stuff came out.
Have you ever bit into a Jelly Belly jellybean, expecting it to be something tasty, like Toasted Marshmallow, but instead it's something nasty, like Buttered Popcorn? I totally got ready for marshmallows when I saw a news story that announced that there was a trailer out for the movie G-Force. I was like, "Awesome! Finally, a full trailer for the sure-to-be-excellent computer-animated movie about a team of five crime fighters in bird suits, based on the Japanese cartoon of the same name that I grew up watching!" Then I clicked the link, and the taste of Buttered Popcorn jellybeans filled my mouth. G-Force the movie is something totally, totally different, and totally, totally nauseating.
As a general rule, the only thing I hate more than romantic comedies is talking animal movies. I think I've made that clear. But for some reason there will always be one of the latter every couple of years that has me enthralled from the marketing get-go, which somehow convinces me to fork over my hard-earned cash and sit down in a family-filled theater to watch something really, really dumb. Alvin and The Chipmunks was an example of this inexplicable phenomenon, and I fricking loved it. Loved it. And now it seems G-Force has filled my stupid talking animal movie excitement quota, because I really want to see it. Not that there aren't drawbacks: Penelope Cruz is involved and there's a fart joke in the trailer, but there actually seems to be a lot of good outweighing the bad in this movie.
I was lucky enough to see The Hangover the other night, and while sometimes getting to see screenings in advance feels a lot like work, this one was actually a pleasure. It was quite the welcome change of pace after my recent outings included Terminator: Salvation, Fighting and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
Zach Galifianakis has been everywhere promoting The Hangover this week, and with upcoming roles in a prominent HBO hipster series (that actually looks good), the already confirmed Hangover 2 and seemingly endless casting announcements popping up about him every day, it seems he's on the precipice of mainstream comedy fame. And for good reason. Aside from Louis CK, he's probably the best stand-up comedian working today, and in honor of Hangover Friday, I thought I'd do a little round-up of some of his most popular work for those out there who may not know much of his stuff yet. Get to know Mr. Zatch Gaspafanasky (as comedy club announcers frequently used to refer to him) before he makes soda come out your nose at the movies this weekend. (And for all you pre-existing Zach fans reading this, enjoy the memory lane strollin' after the jump!) Headphones are recommended, though -- these contain language of an adult, albeit ridiculously immature, nature.