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Over the Hedge (2006) – His Review October 11, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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Overt hedge joke
Dir. Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick

Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Avril Lavigne

Over the Hedge is part of a slew of “animated funny animal movies” that started (as much as a slew can start) with Madagascar. I’d call it a slew, not quite a whole bunch, but still it’s been difficult telling them apart unwatched. Most of the trailers seem.. well, a little dull. Watching this was a pleasant surprise though, since it’s actually very good. Here’s the plot:

A forest animal with a bandit mask accidentally destroys the food supply belonging to a bigger forest animal that is big and also fat. Zorro then has to return the exact same amount of food supplies to Biggie within a week, or he is as dead as a doorbell. He tricks a bunch of small forest animals (too many to vaguely describe) into helping him gather food, under the pretence that he’s helping them gather food for next frozen-cold brrr-type season.

Oh and there’s also a hedge.

Man, this review isn’t turning out very good is it? I wish there was some way I could magically erase digital text.

Anyway, the movie’s got some extremely funny scenes in it, things that made me cry with laughter. It’s also got some less good aspects, but luckily there’s not room for many errors, with it being so short. It’s not entirely original, but a mix-and-match of things that work is fine with me.

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Over the Hedge (2006) – Her Review October 10, 2006

Posted by Eury in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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Put a cork in it, will ya?

Dir. TIm Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick

Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Avril Lavigne

When RJ (Bruce Willis), an overachieving raccoon, gets caught raiding a bear’s cavern, the bear wakes up, is both very hungry and very angry. The lot of food rolls down a hill to utimately be run over by a huge semi-van leaving only crumbs in the wake. RJ makes a one-sided deal with the bear… he’ll bring him everything that was lost within one week or the bear gets to do whatever he wishes to him… which cannot be anything pleasant.

When the food ends up under the van, I was a little worried… and thought to myself, “oh.. geez, I could see that coming from a mile away and now the whole movie is probably just going to be unoriginal and boring”. Well. thankfully, it was not!

It is springtime, the animals have come out of hibernation to find suburbia has built a residential area all around them and they are separated by a huge hedge. Worried that they will not be able to gather enough food to last for their next winter snooze, RJ comes to their rescue by promising to show them how to stock up in no time at all, by raiding the human’s pantries. Of course, this is RJ’s way of tricking them for his own agenda.

What ensues is truly hilarious and great fun for the whole family. The few bad guys are merely an overstuffy lady that hates all critters, apparently even humans, the pest control guy and of course the bear. It’s really not very violent, (well, a bit, but only of the Bug Bunny type kind) and they all get theirs when the time comes.

This movie was laugh out loud funny, especially in the second half where many movies start losing steam, this ones picks up the beat and doesn’t let go!

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Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) – Her Review September 16, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies.
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We have the technology, if we can find enough pieces, we can build a new better stronger Ron Burgundy!!

Dir. Adam McKay

Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner etc.

This movie, made up of portions edited out of Anchorman is surprising funny for something made out of the scraps on the editing room floor. Ok, maybe it’s a little stilted in places but it still surprised me that they were able to construct a story that actually made sense out of the nonsense they pulled out of the first one. Reminded me of the little quote we often hear “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

It did make me think though.. about what it does take to make a good movie… is it someone who knows how to edit? Cause if they can make a decent movie out of “crap”, imagine what someone can do with “good” stuff… and what does it say for movies that are so badly edited that they can’t even make something cohesive with “good” stuff.

Well, anyways… although not brilliant, it is Will Ferrell!! .. whom for the life of me, I don’t know why, but I always like… it’s fun and worth a look-see.

This is Her review, you can read His review here.

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Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) – His Review September 16, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies.
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I'm Ron Burgundy?

Dir. Adam McKay

Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner etc.

Based on the real life events that took place during the cutting of the movie Anchorman, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy gives us a whole other movie about the guy.

It’s not as funny, as tight, as well scripted or even half as good as Anchorman, but it’s still worth a watch if you liked the original movie. You can’t help noticing exactly why some of the stuff in here was left out of the original, but just like the gag-reel that often rolls with the credits in comedies, it’s highly amusing at times.

It’s an experiment in using bonus material for something other than an exercise in clicking the navigation buttons on your DVD remote – just sit back and enjoy the inanity.

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) August 1, 2006

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She broke my bed!

Dir. Ivan Reitman

Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard

This movie puts a spin on several movie-clichés. For example, instead of the poor girl who constantly hooks up with abusive boyfriends, we get Luke Wilson, who keeps ending up with psycho girlfriends. Some people are just trouble-magnets. This time when he breaks it off things get a little uglier than usual though, her being a superheroine and all.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend is first and foremost a comedy, and it is hilarious at times. Luke Wilson does his regular schtick, Uma is excellently over the top, the revenge of the superheroine is brutally funny, but that’s pretty much all of the laughs. Luke’s side-kick Rainn Wilson is never funny. His dick-for-brains character is badly written, staged, and acted. Had it been Will Ferrell doing his routine improv gags it would probably work, it’s a clear Ferrell gig, but the result of a lacking stand-in is just annoying. Faris and Izzard are just boards for Wilson and Thurman to bounce off of, not really bad, but not very visible.

As an experiment in cross-breeding genres it’s an OK movie, but I would have liked to see more originality. When you’re repeating jokes within the movie itself, it’s never good. It may be worth your while if you’re already a fan of the Wilson-genome, if you dug the Steely Dan song this was based on, or if you like superheroes in general, since you get just that and not much more.

Keywords: Superheroes, Nuts, Psycho

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) August 1, 2006

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With a girlfriend like this, you'll need solid furniture

Dir. Ivan Reitman

Starring: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard

We all know someone who’s gone out with a girl that is a little on the crazy side; very needy and controlling and very, very jealous. When they break up they make your life a living hell. Now imagine if this person was not only nuts but also had super powers! What would it be like? It’s totally whacky and scary, but über-fun when it’s not happening to you!

Under the quiet exterior of Jenny Johnson, hides G-Girl (Uma Thurman) who is always saving everyone else’s butt and has nobody to take care of her. When Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) tries to flirt with her in the subway train, she brushes him off but when he runs after a thief that has absconded with her purse, she relents and goes out on a date with him.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Let’s face it… the sex is wild and she’s really hot… but he can already see trouble on the horizon as she turns insanely jealous of Hanna Lewis (Anna Faris) who works with Matt. She’s right, of course, Matt does have a thing for Hanna, but doesn’t believe he’s good enough for her. After G-Girl has a fit, he decides to break up with her and to pursue Hannah instead. Probably not his best idea.

What ensues is hilarious, good fun and action. Let’s just say a few things get smashed up when someone, who is already bonkers, flips out. Throw in a not so-evil super-villain (Eddie Izzard) who is a little on the kooky side himself and you have end up with a crazy evening where the super-capers are super-droll. The ending is a little predictable but it’s enjoyable all the same and I found it to be a romp of a good time.

Keywords: Superheroes, Nuts, Psycho

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BASEketball (1998) July 24, 2006

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Dir. David Zucker

Starring Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy

When Jinx suggested we watch this movie, I really had no idea what it was about except that it was a comedy and that the title suggested that it had something to do with sports. If you knew me, you’d know that I’m not the hugest sports fan, especially organized sports, but I’m always “game” to try something new.

The movie starts with a short explanation how sports has changed because players no longer really care about the game they are playing and instead just go where the money is, leaving sports without any heart. The fans quickly dwindle as they lose interest.

The movie then turns it’s attention to 2 guys: Joe Cooper (Trey Parker) and Doug Remer (Matt Sone) that society considers losers because they have no money, no jobs and they spend their time playing video games and throwing basketball hoops in their driveway.

Attempting to show off to a couple of girls and score a bit of cash at the same time, they spontaneously come up with the rules for a new type of game called BASEketball. Funny thing happens, it becomes wildly popular in their neighbourhood and within 9 months becomes a professional sport complete with teams nation-wide, stadiums with garages with basketball hoops and cheerleaders in bustiers and garter belts!

Ok, if this sounds a little crazy, it certainly is… and that’s why it’s fun, especially for someone like me, who never went for the jocks and always thought all the hoopla over sports and the overflow of testosterone was a bit ridiculous. Following the rules of the game, these 2 losers get to pysche out all the athletes who surpass them both in height and weight by doing nutty and stupid things like saying they slept with their mom or showing them someone’s butt.

This may not win any awards for great acting or script… it’s not particularly original in it’s humor but it’s good for a fun evening with a bottle of beer and a bag of chips… just laughing at the silliness and unlike how most sport fans, not taking the sport too seriously! 😉

Keywords: Balls, Nuts, Beers, Zucker, South Park

BASEketball (1998) July 24, 2006

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Dir. David Zucker

Starring Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy

The Creators of the cartoon South Park starred in a small flood (trickle?) of movies in the end of the 90s. It ended with this movie, BASEketball, in which our two protagonists prove that a ball in the hoop is better than two in the sack. Or something.

It’s a sports comedy by the “formula” – losers start a team, losers face odds and end up winning the day. The sport in this case is one of their own creation, mixing baseball, basketball, and college party tricks. The guys are likeable, the chicks are hot, and the beers are cold.

By the way, did I say this was a sports comedy? Scratch that. This has very little to do with actual athletics, and will probably find a better audience in people who aren’t into sports. Much like Airplane!(also by David Zucker), this movie keeps the gags coming, and coming. It may not be laugh-out-loud funny every time, but there’s just a feeling that they’re really trying to make you laugh constantly. No real build-ups, just pay-offs.

The movie is a bit rough, and it’s quite possible to really hate these guys, they’re not cups of tea in any way. But for me, it’s a great, classic one of a kind look into a sport where, as they say, “guys with bad backs and bad knees can get together and compete on the same field as guys that are all goosed up on steroids”.

Keywords: Balls, Nuts, Beers, Zucker, South Park