Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Movie Review: (1996) Drawing Flies

The lead cast, less Jason Lee, of Drawing FliesDrawing Flies
Directed and written by Matthew Gissing and Malcolm Ingram

Drawing Flies, 1996 release from View Askew Productions, may feature several actors from Kevin Smith’s Clerks and Mallrats, but expecting a romp with the same cinematic quality as either is slightly off the mark.

A tale of some slackers attempting to make do on welfare, Drawing Flies tells a story of social abandonment from a perspective akin to other View Askew films, strangely with the setting of a search for the infamous Sasquatch. (more…)

Movie Review: (2008) Made Of Honor

Made Of HonorI must admit that I am biased towards this movie, I have a big crush on Michelle Monaghan. That being said, this is your standard romantic comedy. A guy drunkenly gets into bed with the wrong girl in college, they end up forming a friendship. Ten years later the girl goes to Europe for six weeks, during that time the guy realizes how much he loves her, she comes back engaged to be married to an Irishman. The guy of course accepts her request to be the maid of honor. The usual shenanigans take place over the next few weeks, at the last minute she changes her mind and decides that he’s the right guy. They apparently live happily ever after. Your standard fare romantic comedy. I’m not saying that there weren’t laughs, there were plenty of laughs. Patrick Dempsey is believable as the ladies man turned devoted friend. Michelle Monaghan is lovely as the confused bride to be. If you enjoy romantic comedies then you will probably enjoy this movie.

I’ll give it a B- Personally I enjoyed it quite a bit, because I have a thing for these sappy movies.

Movie Review: (2006) The Sasquatch Gang

The Sasquatch GangThe Sasquatch Gang is a comedy akin to Napoleon Dynamite in that it is quirky and awkward. The execution of such a comedy can be challenging, this group pulls it off well. The cast, composed mainly of unknown actors, does an excellent job selling their respective characters. The way the story is told is interesting, it unfolds somewhat like a comic book being told from the perspective of many characters. Each chapter is one character’s view of roughly the same time line. Justin Long is terrific as the prototypical redneck American with a wicked mullet drinking PBR and hanging out with his buddy that doesn’t wear a shirt. The movie centers around three nerdy friends who, among other things, participate in live role-playing with foam swords and other weapons. This results in some humorous moments between the protagonists and antagonists at various points in the movie. The portrayal of the teenage nerd coming of age is spot on, awkward romance and all. All of this makes for a pleasurable viewing experience, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite and other similar films.

I give it an A-

Movie Review: (2008) What Happens In Vegas

What Happens In VegasI went into this movie not expecting much and in turn did not receive much. This is basically a prototypical Romantic Comedy, sans romance. The chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher is pretty well non-existent. The whole story seems outlandish and highly unlikely. A couple of people get married in Las Vegas after an all night bender, the next day they decide to get an annulment. One of them wins 3 million dollar and the usual trail of carnage follows as they fight over who the money belongs to. This movie is really neither romantic nor comedic. The supporting cast far outshines the leads. Lake Bell playing Joy’s (Diaz) best friend is witty in her fleeting scenes. Zack Galifianakis is humorous, as is usual for him. And Rob Corddry is sufficient as Jack’s (Kutcher) buddy and lawyer Hater. All in all this movie is not very satisfying and I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone who can’t take their brain out of their skull in order to watch it.

I give What Happens In Vegas a D.

Movie Review: (2008) Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah MarshallForgetting Sarah Marshall isn’t exactly standard fare for the Apatow gang, but at the same time it is. Jason Segel both wrote and stars in this romantic comedy, with an emphasis on comedy. He shows his love for all things muppets in this movie, at one point even performing the opening theme song to The Muppet Show. He also shows his musical prowess by performing more than once on the piano and singing. Mila Kunis, the girl that you probably know as the annoying one from That ’70s Show, is all grown up and has turned out to be an exceptional actress, not to mention very sexy. Kristen Bell flexes her comedic muscles as she did so often on Veronica Mars. The movie is everything you have come to expect from an Apatow production and even more. Toward the end of the movie we get to see Peter Bretter’s dream of a Rock Opera about Dracula and eternal love come to life, using puppets made by the Jim Henson company no less. This has scored Segel a spot writing the script for the next Muppet movie, which he admits has been a dream of his. All in all this movie made for a very satisfying viewing experience, even the second time around only a few months after seeing it in the cinema.

Overall I would give this movie a B+. Here’s hoping that Apatow’s gang keeps bringing us funny, witty comedy for years to come.