Screen Junkies » crazy stupid love http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:33:55 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Most Tolerable Romantic Comedies Of 2011 (Based Almost Solely On Speculaton) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-most-tolerable-romantic-comedies-of-2011-based-almost-solely-on-speculaton/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-most-tolerable-romantic-comedies-of-2011-based-almost-solely-on-speculaton/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:09:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239512 It's sort of like ranking genocides in terms of how fun they were. It just doesn't feel right.

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2011 one was a truly remarkable year for romantic comedies. Just kidding. There’s never anything remarkable about romantic comedies. They’re always trite and familiar, save for the odd standout. With a field of only ten or so rom-coms to choose from, I decided to rank them. The (sort of) tricky part is that I haven’t seen most of them, and Screen Junkies doesn’t pay me enough to watch six of these things for an article. I’m pretty sure Google couldn’t pay me enough to watch six of these things.

Anyway, I use intuition and a cynical outlook to go ahead and rank them anyway.

Merry Christmas. Not Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas.

9. Just Go With It

I managed to catch about 15 minutes of this film without sound because the person on a Virgin flight in the row in front of me was watching it. Not only did I dislike the film, but I was tempted to ask Virgin for a fare refund or future credit for putting that piece of crap in my eyeline.

Adam Sandler is a plastic surgeon courting Brooklyn Decker. He tells some needlessly complex lie about being married that would only occur in a romantic comedy, then hatches some scheme to have Jennifer Aniston pretend to be his wife while a whole mess of people go to Hawaii where the shit presumably hits the fan.

I’m comfortable putting this in last place if only for the trite title and premise that Brooklyn Decker would date this schlub anywhere but in a romantic comedy.

8. No Strings Attached/Friends With Benefits

I’m lumping these together because I don’t see what the difference could be. Each film features a star of Black Swan (Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis) trying to be fuck buddies with two guys who seem nice, but I wouldn’t want to be stuck in an elevator with (Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake). I saw Friends with Benefits, and it includes a rap scene set to Kriss Kross’ “Jump” and several nods to flash mobs. I have no reason to believe that No Strings Attached is any different or better.

In case you were wondering what male actors I WOULD like to be stuck in an elevator with: Charlie Day, Louie CK, Patrick Warburton, and the kid that plays Joffrey on Game of Thrones.

7. From Prada to Nada

This isn’t even my favorite romantic comedy with “Prada” in the title. It stars Alexa Vega, Camille Belle, Wilmer Valderrama. I don’t know anything about any of these actors other than their names all sound like diseases. In this film, two spoiled Mexican sisters lose everything and have to live in the ghetto where they find love, gain perspective, realize the hollowness of materialism, etc.

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What’s Playing This Weekend: July 29th http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/whats-playing-this-weekend-july-29th/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/whats-playing-this-weekend-july-29th/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:59:14 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222671 Indiana Jones and James Bond: Together at last.

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With three big releases hitting theaters today, there’s no shortage of options at the box-office. Unfortunately, of those three releases, only one is getting anything approaching positive reviews. I hope you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, because if you’re not, be prepared to watch a less than stellar film.
 
So, what’s playing this weekend?
 

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Steve Carell stars as a man in his 40′s who is blindsided by a divorce. Sounds romantic.

‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Looks Neither Crazy Nor Stupid

The film also stars Emma Stone, which makes it instantly more appealing.
 
Best Review
Constructed with such professionalism and inhabited by such warm characters that even its cliche moments are easily forgiven…
 
John Beifuss – Commercial Appeal
 
 
Worst Review
Crazy, Stupid, Phony
 
James Verniere – Boston Herald
 
Our Recommendation
I’m not big fan of romantic comedies, but if you are forced to see one, you can do a lot worse that this. It’s currently pulling in 74% at Rotten Tomatoes. Add Emma Stone‘s ass (or eyes) to the mix, and you’ve got an exteremly watchable film.
 

The Smurfs

The Smurfs are back, and they’re better than ever. And by better, I mean much, much worse.

Smurf The New ‘The Smurfs’ Trailer

Honestly, did you really think this was going to be any good?
 
Best Review
Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it’s a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.
 
Justin Chang – Variety
 
Worst Review
I wouldn’t smurf Gosnell’s ‘The Smurfs‘ on my smurfiest enemy.
 
Sean O’Connell – Washington Post
 
Our Recommendation
If the idea of the Smurfs traveling to the real world appeals to you, by all means, check out this film. If you are parents forced to sit through this dreck, my sympathies.
 

Cowboys & Aliens

In case you have trouble taking things literally, this film is about a group of cowboys who encounter a group of space aliens, just like the title implies.

Extended ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Trailer Here To Extend Nerd Boners

Any film with both James Bond and Han Solo can’t be all bad, right? Wrong.
 
Best Review
Alien-invasion aficionados should be pleased. Western nostalgists may be pleasantly surprised. Fans of cowboys-versus-aliens movies, well, it’s been a long wait and here’s your movie.
 
Michael Phillips – Chicago Tribune
 
Worst Review
The mash-up on cowboys and aliens doesn’t do either camp any favors. How are we supposed to work up a rooting interest when both sides are shooting blanks?
 
Peter Travers – Rolling Stone
 
Our Recommendation
With a 44% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, Cowboys and Aliens doesn’t seem to be impressing a whole lot of critics. You’re probably better off re-watching Blade Runner or Casino Royale than you are plunking down $12 to see this mess.

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9 Romantic Comedies That Are Crazy Stupid http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-romantic-comedies-that-are-crazy-stupid/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-romantic-comedies-that-are-crazy-stupid/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:08:36 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222479 Love can be stupid, but not as stupid as these films.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is billing itself as that rare breed of romantic comedy that doesn’t suck six ways from Sunday. While the final verdict is still out, early reviews (including that of our own Fred Topel) seem to support the claim. So in honor of the release of Crazy, Stupid, Love., which hopefully isn’t awful, here are nine romantic comedies that are just crazy stupid.

Just Like Heaven (2005)

I watched this film while on a cruise with a girl who had come down with seasickness. As it turns out, the sound of her violently retching was the perfect background to this Reese Witherspoon turd. It has the same plot as the Bill Cosby bomb Ghost Dad, with about half of the laughs. Considering I laughed exactly once at Ghost Dad, that doesn’t say much for Just Like Heaven.

The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

When a sassy beautician travels to a far away county to work for a ruthless dictator, only one thing can happen: genital electrocution followed by a swift beheading. At least that’s what would happen in real life. In Hollywood, the two fall in love. Poor Fran Drescher. She could never step out from the shadow of her most memorable role: the reporter chick in UHF.

Alex & Emma (2003)

Rob Reiner is a huge anti-smoking advocate, yet he has no problem unleashing pollution like Alex & Emma onto the unsuspecting public. The film involves an author (Luke Wilson), a stenographer (Kate Hudson), and the Cuban Mafia. If that doesn’t excite you, it’s also worth noting that Kate Hudson plays three different roles, each with its own wacky accent. Sigh.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

In Something’s Gotta Give, Keanu Reeves‘s character falls in love with a woman played by Diane Keaton. Yeah, you read that right. I don’t care what Sex in the City says, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening. A guy in his 30′s falling for a woman in her 50′s is about as likely as Lance Bass falling in love with a girl. Speaking of which…

On the Line (2001)

The plot of On the Line revolves around a shy guy (Lance Bass) who meets the girl of his dreams on a train, but doesn’t have the stones to ask her out. He then goes to great lengths to track her down, and wackiness ensues. Actually, replace the word wackiness with awfulness, and you’re right on target. This film also stars Joey Fatone, which only adds to the overpowering shittness. The only thing that saves this film from being number one on the list is the fact that Bass has since come out of the closet, so watching him pretend to be interested in a woman is unintentionally hysterical.

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Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-crazy-stupid-love/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-crazy-stupid-love/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:45:00 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222202 This is how you do a romantic comedy.

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This is how you do a romantic comedy. Crazy, Stupid, Love is intelligent and mature, plus it has real balls. The last time I remember feeling this way was (500) Days of Summer, but if it’s only once every two years, it’s worth the wait. Not a McConaughey in sight here.

‘Crazy Stupid Love’ Looks Neither Crazy Nor Stupid

Right away the humor speaks to really important issues. Cal (Steve Carell) refuses to talk when his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) asks for a divorce. It’s funny when he rolls out of a moving car, but he’s also really avoiding something with which he needs to deal. Then we meet Jacob (Ryan Gosling) picking up babes in a bar. His swagger is good enough but not so great that I’m jealous of his lines. That’s Mr. Notebook for you. And he still eats pizza, even with his Adonis body.

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Jacob takes an interest in Cal out of sympathy. It’s Swingers meets Training Day when he shows Cal the ropes. The clubs are almost too loud to hear the dialogue, so the film is honest about even its locations. When Cal tries what Jacob taught him, it is too mean. That’s real. I did that. You learn The Mystery Method but if it’s not natural then you’re just insulting someone. The Hollywood twist is that he wins over Kate (Marisa Tomei) by being himself.

The story involves the whole family. Cal and Emily’s son Robbie (Jonah Bobo) gets to be funny, starring down Emily’s new boyfriend David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon.) Cal really talks to Robbie, and to Emily. I really love Jessica (Analeigh Tipton). This poor teenage babysitter is struggling to express herself but she’s so genuine and sweet. She makes some scandalous choices but it’s innocent and real. She’s also 13-year-old Robbie’s dream girl, and we’ve all been there.

There’s some real filmmaking going on in this too. Cal’s evolution with the ladies is shown in a tracking shot where Cal appears at a different table with different women without ever cutting. That’s an artistically sound use of visual effects. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa let a door open on Jessica and the light overexposes her. The love scene lighting is beautiful with a gentle camera.

Dan Fogelman’s screenplay knows when to shift focus, giving one thread a moment to simmer. After a blowout between Cal and Emily, Hannah (Emma Stone) finds her way to Jacob and it’s their story for a while. The ensemble intermingles organically. Funny dialogue still has emotional ramifications. The film never takes the easy way out with a misunderstanding fueling some empty doubletalk. Misunderstandings just bring the forces together but the film plays fair. They’re even smart about the rain cliché.

There is a moment where the wisdom of a child provokes a big speech from the parent, but they earned it. There’s still no easy fix. I can’t believe a studio film allowed so much ambiguity. Most of all, Robbie’s graduation gift is so daring I can’t believe Warner Brothers allowed it. I mean, it could seem inappropriate but not once you’ve spent time with these characters.

 

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Marisa Tomei http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/marisa-tomei/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/marisa-tomei/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:00:43 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=221901 Marisa Tomei appears in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' out this week.

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Marisa Tomei appears in Crazy, Stupid, Love, out this week. Tomei has garnered critical acclaim in the last few years for her role in The Wrestler, and is generally known for playing emotionally damaged characters. She’ll appear in The Ides of March later this year and will have a role in Lucky Them in 2012.

A word from Marisa: “I don’t prefer much of film over stage… The only thing I prefer is the paycheck.”

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What’s Sillier: Taylor Lautner Surfing On A Building Or Sean Penn In A Ladywig? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:47:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217418 New posters for 'Abduction', 'This Must Be The Place', 'Crazy Stupid Love', and 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

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A couple of new posters for you to contemplate before you decide whether or not they are fit for your wall. First, there’s Taylor Lautner surfing on a skyscraper in Abduction. Then there’s Crazy Stupid Love, in which Steve Carell plays a newly-divorced man re-entering the dating scene with some coaching from Ryan Gosling. Then we there’s a creepy poster for the Guillermo del Toro-produced haunted house thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And then there’s an even creepier poster of Sean Penn dressed a post-punk rocker in This Must Be The Place.

Posters are all below but proceed with caution.

 

It’s like, use the stairs, dude. AND NO RUNNING!! (via Yahoo)

Here Steve Carell gets his first gander at vagina and stares with gape-mouthed wonder. I’m betting it belongs to Julianne Moore or Marisa Tomei. They’ve got a reputation. Or maybe that’s actually Kevin Bacon in front of him. I believe we were all just as surprised when we saw Wild Things. (via Yahoo)

I know that I said no running on the stairs, but… RUN, BITCH! RUN!!! (via Empire)

We laugh but this look could still get him laid in Silverlake. (via Recent Movie Posters)

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How Ready To Rock Are Al Pacino And Dan Fogelman? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-ready-to-rock-are-al-pacino-and-dan-fogelman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-ready-to-rock-are-al-pacino-and-dan-fogelman/#comments Tue, 07 Jun 2011 03:41:10 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215052 Pacino is close to playing an aging rock star in writer Fogelman's 'Imagine', and I can imagine him destroying some instruments.

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I would like to say “hello” to Al Pacino‘s little friend, assuming that friend is now a double neck guitar.

7 photosZoe Kravitz

Pacino is close to playing an aging rock star, which I think could be an amazing fit for the eccentric actor. I can see him getting a big kick out of smashing expensive musical instruments in a crazy rage. He’s currently circling the lead in Imagine, about an old rocker who uncovers a lost letter to him from John Lennon, prompting him to turn his life around. Man, I could use a lost letter from John Lennon right now. I had the worst day.

Imagine comes from the pen of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Tangled), who’ll make his directing debut with this project. Fogelman is currently on fire, in the NBA Jam sense. He wrote July’s Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell, who dropped out of Imagine due to scheduling conflicts. He also wrote the upcoming My Mother’s Curse starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. (LA Times)

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The new ensemble romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love has a shiny new trailer, and it looks better than the usual crop of mid-to-upper level romcoms. Steve Carell heads a top notch cast including Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Marisa Tomei. The film appears to be about a recently divorced/separated man (Carrel) who gets a bit of a “Hitch” treatment from younger, suaver, and all around alpha-er male Ryan Gosling. Oh, and then Emma Stone shows up and I got all distracted and couldn’t focus on anything else that happens. It’s directed by Bad Santa duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and comes out July 29th.

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