Screen Junkies » rachael harris 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 LAFF Review: Natural Selection http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-natural-selection/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-natural-selection/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:27:00 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217677 A beautiful performance by Rachael Harris in a terrific first film by writer/director Robbie Pickering.

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You’d think as much as I love South by Southwest, I would have seen the film that won the festival. No, I had to wait for it to come to the Los Angeles Film Festival, but I can see how it made such an impression in Austin.

Linda (Rachael Harris) wants to have morning sex with her husband Abe (John Diehl) but instead he prays they resist the temptation. They’re so devout that since she can’t conceive, Abe thinks it’s a sin to have sex just for fun. Turns out Abe’s been donating sperm to meet his needs, and he jerks himself into a stroke.

Desperate, Linda finds out whom Abe might have fathered and goes to meet him and bring him back. Raymond (Matt O’Leary) is the oddball mismatch that completes her perfect wacky road trip pair. He’s an escaped convict, a vulgar druggie and looks like he hasn’t showered in months.

The comedy is funny. Classic formulae work. The clash of disparate worlds leads Linda to trust Raymond naively and Raymond to get exasperated by Linda’s kindness. There’s some pratfalling when Raymond gets beaten up and stumbles around. Comedy continues when they bond. Raymond gets really excitable telling his lowlife stories and starts to defend Linda even when he’s trying to rip her off.

It’s a really beautiful performance by Harris. That’s a revelation to some people but I never doubted she had it in her. Why wouldn’t a successful comedian be an all around engaging thespian? She is adorable being naively kind and getting drunk with Raymond. When she opens up, it’s painful and real, not Oscar baiting.

Like all road movies, Linda and Raymond get stranded and more desperate as they try to get back to Abe. It’s better than Due Date, which would be the most recent Hollywood equivalent. I gave Due Date a positive review, so I guess I have to extend that courtesy to Natural Selection.

Natural Selection certainly has more dramatic resolution, if you’re into that. I like how it condemns the religious hypocrisy right away. Yeah, sex is only for making babies, but Abe’ll donate sperm as a loophole. You’ll probably figure out why it turns out Linda can’t conceive, but the point isn’t the surprise. It’s a personal revelation that would take a long time, a few days on the road or about 70 minutes of screen time to reveal.

Writer/director Robbie Pickering milked more comedy out of a standard situation than his Hollywood counterparts and found some human drama too. In the grand scheme of things, that’s basic, but for a first film this is amazing.

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-rodrick-rules/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-rodrick-rules/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:54:39 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26882 Director: David Bowers Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Grayson Russell Synopsis: As Greg enters seventh grade, he and his older brother – and chief tormentor –...

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Director: David Bowers

Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Grayson Russell

Synopsis: As Greg enters seventh grade, he and his older brother – and chief tormentor – must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.

Release Date: March 25, 2011

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‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2′ Poops In Church http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-2-poops-in-church/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-2-poops-in-church/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 13:39:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=14074 Religious extremists are going to have a field day with this one. Looks like we've got another Passion Of The Christ on our hands.

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It’s been about a year since the first Diary Of A Wimpy Kid was released, and Fox isn’t letting up on divulging the wimpiness of this kid. The trailer opens with jokes about pooping your pants in church. Great. Religious extremists are going to have a field day with this one. Looks like we’ve got another Passion Of The Christ on our hands.

In Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, the little geek is tormented by a young Jimmy Fallon clone named Rodrick. And man, that Rodrick DOES rule. With his tussled hair, one-handed folding technique, extreme driving, and you know he’s hiding pot somewhere in that wimpy household. When Steve Zahn finds it, Rodrick will play it off. “Just holding it for a friend, Dad. Now can I get back to practicing my fingering?” For the guitar, of course, you guys.

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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Actress Rachael Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-actress-rachael-harris/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-actress-rachael-harris/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 18:17:28 +0000 Defy Media Rachael Harris has made guest appearances in a ton of TV shows, including "Reno 911" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." She also played Ed Helms' bitchy wife in The Hangover. She's funny, cute, and has a sexy librarian thing going on when she wears glasses. A word from Rachael: "Maybe because I’m an improviser and I was ready for anything that he was going to bring."And she rolls with the punches. What more could you ask for? I'm pretending she's talking about gettin' freaky, and not acting.More sexy librarian pics of Rachael after the jump.

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Rachael Harris has made guest appearances in a ton of TV shows, including “Reno 911” and”The Sarah Silverman Program.” She also played Ed Helms‘ bitchy wife in The Hangover. She’s funny, cute, and has a sexy librarian thing going on when she wears glasses.

A word from Rachael: “Maybe because I’m an improviser and I was ready for anything that he was going to bring.”

And she rolls with the punches. What more could you ask for? I’m pretending she’s talking about gettin’ freaky, and not acting.

More sexy librarian pics of Rachael after the jump.

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