Sunday, September 27, 2009

Observe and Report (2009)

Director Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way) has been quoted as saying her wanted this to be a comedic version of Taxi Driver. While it wasn't overly funny, he definitely accomplished what he planned.

Seth Rogen is Ronnie, the bi-polar head security guard at the mall. Dennis (Michael Pena) is his #2 man. One day, a flasher runs through the mall's parking lot and exposes himself to numerous women. Ronnie becomes aware of this and warns his dreamgirl Brandi (Anna Faris) to be careful. Brandi brushes it off but then becomes a victim herself. That's when the real police and Det. Harrison (Ray Liotta) are called in to usurp Ronnie's power. A rivalry soon begins between the two to see who can bring the flasher to justice faster.

This movie is violent, vulgar, gross, blubbery, unpredictable and just okay. The movie has a few laugh out loud moments, but it's very inconsistent. I have no real love or hate for this movie, but know this: The last 10 minutes are nuts.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Next Day Air (2009)

Why I wanted to watch this movie, I'm not really sure. It probably had to do with Donald Faison in the lead. That being said, this wasn't good.

There were a few intertwining storylines that went on here, so I'll try my best to sort them out. Leo (Faison) and Eric (Mos Def) both work for NDA (guess what that stands for) packaging service. Leo, per usual, decides to get high and becomes lackidaisical. So, he delivers a big shipment of cocaine to the wrong address. That leads the movie down a particularly unfunny and bloody path, the latter of which didn't even need to really happen. Involved are a drug lord, his drug-mule couple, two incompetent thugs and Mos Def.

This movie just didn't work at all. It had a couple of mildly humorous moments, mainly involving Faison or Mike Epps. All in all, this movie was just stereotypes aplenty and not a whole lot of redemption anywhere. If you plan to watch it, it's not a wise choice.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

I did not expect this movie to be laugh-out-loud funny, but I did expect a little more comedy in it. I also expected a thorough plot. Neither of those came to fruition.

Sisters Rose and Norah (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) could not be more opposite, but what they have in common is that they both need more money than they have. Rose to help her troubled child go to a school where he won't get expelled and Norah to do nothing. They come across an idea to become crime scene cleaners after Rose's married boyfriend Mac (Steve Zahn) suggests it. As the movie progresses, they get better and better at their job. With the help of their father (Alan Arkin), the sisters are starting to make money.

The lack of comedy I could have dealt with because I thought the idea of the story was good. The problem I had was that, apart from one aspect of the movie, nothing got resolved. In the end, you are actually left with questions. That should not happen in a movie like this.