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Undercover Blues (1993) – Her Review August 27, 2006

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No actual babies were hurt during this movieDir. Herbert Ross

Starring Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Stanley Tucci, etc

Former FBI and CIA agents, Jane and Jeff Blue (Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid) now in semi-retirement with an 11 month old child and on vacation in Louisianna, take on a special job because not only will it saves lives, it pays pretty well too.

They nonchalantly take on the local police, street muggers, the big bad guys and girl all while changing diapers and having a healthy sex life (no, there is no actual sex, but you just know they “get it on” just fine! 😉 )

This movie is pure comedy. Everyone is hilarious and even likeable… yes, even the bad guys!

Stanley Tucci plays Muerte, (or Morty to his close friends) a two-bit mucho-macho thief, who spends the entire movie trying to get back a bit of his hombre reputation after getting his tush kicked by Mr. and baby Blue. He is uproarious in this role. He literally had me rolling in laughter.

It’s pure fun, stereotypes are taken just a little over the top…but not to the point where you think it’s absurd… A bit of slapstick, a bit of romance, throw in some one-liners and some kooky action and you’ve got yourself an evening of good old fun family entertainment.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Undercover Blues (1993) – His Review August 27, 2006

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Can you say plastic explosives?Dir. Herbert Ross

Starring Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, Stanley Tucci, etc

A family of spies, sans Bradgelina and Spy Kids.

It’s hard to explain Undercover Blues, it has such an aloof feeling, and never quite takes itself seriously. The exploits of spy couple Jane and Jefferson Blue (Turner & Quaid) defy the laws of physics, and the rules of child rearing. I can imagine some “better-than-good christians” being appalled by some of the gags, but really, this is as family-friendly as it gets in my opinion. There’s something disarming about it. Every character and event in the movie seems put there just to make you laugh, including the “straight men”. And the plot is actually not out of any mold, even if it has some spoof-like connections to things you may have seen before.

For some reason this movie seems to have vanished from the mainstream consciousness. I remember it being quite popular as a rental, but I guess word-of-mouth back then didn’t pack the same punch as it does today. Can you say “viral marketing”? If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch, heck even a dvd purchase. It’s as much an adult comedy as it can be enjoyed by the kids for pure slapstick. Everyone takes their character over-the-top, and is at his funniest by far.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – His Review August 7, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies, Musical.
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Everyone says Raymond

Dir. Woody Allen
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn,

Movies focusing on a quirky family tend to be fun, there’s a lot of dynamics to work with. Everyone Says I Love You starts off in that familiar place, but branches off and follows some of the family-members’ search for love. It’s not really a romantic comedy, more a comedy about romance and love.

The tongue-in-cheek narration by Natasha Lyonne is just one of the movie clichés used to their fullest, we also get some very Allen-esque neuroses (yes, plural), a rebellious teenage son, dates in romantic cityscapes, and a happy ending. No, I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler. It may not all be laugh-out-loud funny, but it will make you smile, as everything seems to be twisted to be just a bit off kilter.

Oh yeah, it’s also a musical in case you didn’t notice the category. There’s nothing to critique about that aspect, it works very well with the rest of the movie. It can probably be seen as a spoof on musicals, but most jokes have a seed of truth anyway. And it is quite impressive to see scenes this long with no cuts, much less song and dance numbers. It shows some of the love that went into making this movie I suppose.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – Her Review August 7, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies, Musical.
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Look, Ma, no Hands!

Dir. Woody Allen
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn,

Although the title would tend to imply differently, this is not a romantic comedy, in fact it isn’t romantic at all, but it is funny. It instead takes a look at love and romance in a satirical way by going a bit over the top and looks back at a time when love at the movies was simple and cute and a great excuse for anyone to break out into a song and dance routine.

The movie is narrated by D.J. Berlin, (Natasha Lyonne) who plays Joe Berlin’s and Stephie Dandridge’s (Woody Allen and Goldie Hawn) daughter and Bob Dandridge’s (Alan Alda) step-daughter.

Through her eyes, we see her family and their love ups and downs. We see their misguided but well-intentioned decisions including her own. It’s like the title says: “Everyone says I love you”… and although they may mean it when they say it, they often say it lightly. Don’t get me wrong, this is not at all a melancholic or dramatic movie that will get you down; instead it pokes fun at our ideas of love and romance just like in the old movies back when you simply whisk off the person you love to Paris or Venice, The dialogue is fast and witty, which is to be expected in a Woody Allen Movie.

This movie surprised me as I was not expecting a musical especially not one where we are thrown back into the sounds of the 30’s and 40’s… The first dance scene make me smirk, because, as in all golden-era musicals, the setting at the jewelers had a vast amount of floor room… something we always laugh about old musicals … I could just feel a dance number coming up… and I was not disappointed. Everyone dances in this movie, from pregnant ladies to cripples, to costumed trick-or-treating children heck, even dead people… and it’s all in good fun.

What I missed in this movie was perhaps a bit of heart and warmth. I like comedies (doesn’t everyone?) but I want to feel something with at a least one person in a movie.. I want someone to attach my emotions to and either get a bit choked up or at least cheer them on or have a “YAY!” moment. I missed that here. It was fun but not the type of movie I would put on my list of movies to be seen more than once.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Mambo Italiano (2003) July 27, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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But... I'm italian!

Dir. Émile Gaudreault

Starring Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Peter Miller, Claudia Ferri

Comedies that play with prejudice and perception have a good chance of success. They have a lot to build on from the start, and with a good script, it pays off.

In Mambo Italiano we follow Angelo: young, canadian-italian and gay. He’s got some issues right there, and the mix doesn’t exactly make him internally serene. It shakes up his family and his life, there’s heartache and love-loss, but it remains a pretty sweet family flick. I don’t know if that speaks for an altruistic streak in all canadians, or just their film-makers.

For you comparison-buffs out there I would describe this movie as a light-weight blend of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and But I’m a Cheerleader. It doesn’t dodge all of the serious stuff, but puts it in a perspective where you can laugh at it. Alienation and family choke-holds can be pretty funny, trust me.

Keywords: Canadian, Family, Gay

Mambo Italiano (2003) July 27, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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What'sa matter for you?

Dir. Émile Gaudreault

Starring Luke Kirby, Ginette Reno, Paul Sorvino, Peter Miller and Claudia Ferri

I’m coming out,… right now… and admitting that I really liked this movie. For the most part it is filmed in the Italian section of Montreal, St-Leonard. Yes, it’s Canadian but don’t let that scare you off! Lots of good things come out of Canada, including me. 😉
It’s all about a young gay man, Angelo Barberini (Luke Kirby) who decides to tell his parents, Maria and Gino Barberini (played by famous Quebec singer, Ginette Reno and father of the beautiful Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino) that he is gay and their journey of coming to grips and accepting his life choice.

What I particularily loved about this movie was how it played with the stereotypes of Italians and their mucho-macho attitudes and how being gay would almost be worse than being dead. Everything is done just a bit over the top, the laughter, the crying, the dramatics… but that’s just the point.. that’s why it’s funny and not just cliché… and when I say, everything, I mean everything… including the wild and crazy wallpaper seen both in the Barberino household as well as at every single therapist (and there are many) that Anna Barberini (Claudio Ferri) consults because everyone in her family is crazy except, of course, her!

If this was simply a big laugh at the Italian community and gays… it may have fell flat on it’s face, but it is not.. it is about family and their love for their son… the thread that keeps this whole movie together and makes it sweet and tender. Their love just shines through the entire movie and although this is basically a comedy, there were moments where I was truly touched.

Keywords: Canadian, Family, Gay

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