Screen Junkies » richard jenkins http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:49:10 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Friends With Benefits http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-friends-with-benefits/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-friends-with-benefits/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:58:15 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221027 Ultimately, it becomes the typical Hollywood comedy that tries to get serious in the end.

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Friends with Benefits is good enough that you won’t mind taking a date to it, though if you’ve had more than three dates I’d recommend you suggest staying in and renting No Strings Attached. Then you’ll be comfortable, laughing, a little sexy and who knows what could happen? Yeah, baby.

Fs with Bs seems to take a different stylistic approach to the exact same movie. Strings was more of a drama with jokes in it, and it’s actually shockingly good at that. So if Friends delivered a snappy, quirky farce it would distinguish itself. Ultimately, it becomes the typical Hollywood comedy that tries to get serious in the end, but that’s not heart. That’s cheap.

'Friends With Benefits' Red Band: More Casual F***ing

Mila Kunis seems like the coolest girl ever and that goes a long way. Jamie (Kunis) is a headhunter who woos Dylan (Justin Timberlake) to a New York job at GQ. The material lets her change character on a dime as she adjusts her sales pitch and messes with Ryan. Once he moves to New York, they hang out and Jamie continues to push his buttons.

Personally, I wouldn’t like a friend to be that inconsistent. Dylan just messes with her right back. I personally prefer to be nice to my friends in real life. For a movie though, it provides lots of snappy banter. When Dylan and Jamie try the casual sex arrangement, the montage (sextage?) plays it as a joke. The ticklish chin, the socks staying on, the oral errors, it’s all having fun, not taking the endeavor or its ramifications seriously.

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That dynamic remains strong when Dylan and Jamie actually start dating other people in front of each other. You think you’re cool with it? We’ll see how cool with it you are. Timberlake is as likeable as he is on SNL, self-deprecating his singing and math skills.

Then they introduce Dylan’s family and it’s “insert drama here.” His father (Richard Jenkins) has Alzheimer’s. Now Jamie’s mom (Patricia Clarkson) has already been introduced as a wacky irresponsible drunk. It’s not cute but at least it’s consistent with the tone. Playing the Alzheimer’s card, and Jenkins acting the hell out of it, is just frankly a dick move. Yeah, we get that Dylan and Jamie have family issues. You can’t be the heartwarming Alzheimer’s movie after the abrasive humor of the first half.

Also Dylan’s nephew is the precocious kid from Modern Family (Nolan Gould) who does botched magic tricks. Then there’s a part where Jamie overhears Dylan saying something about her. No Strings actually had smart characters protecting themselves and speaking up. When that couple split up, it was because Ashton Kutcher’s character knew Natalie Portman’s was going to hurt him. Yeah, it was about 20 minutes before the finale, but I was proud of the character for making the tough choice.

Friends promises to be smart about romantic comedies by making fun of their clichés, even having a fake rom-com within the rom-com. Yet this has just as much pop music as Dylan makes fun of, and ends with a romantic stunt cleverly foreshadowed in the first act. I guess you can’t just have a casually funny movie without it bringing up all sorts of issues. Come on, don’t be this obvious!

 

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See Brad Pitt In ‘Cogan’s Trade’ Looking Slick http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-brad-pitt-looking-slick-and-dangerous-in-cogans-trade/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-brad-pitt-looking-slick-and-dangerous-in-cogans-trade/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 17:37:16 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211070 He's got a gun!

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Andrew Dominik‘s upcoming Cogan’s Trade is one of my most eagerly anticipated movies – a crime story about Jackie Cogan, a “professional enforcer hired to investigate the robbery of a mob-protected poker game.” The movie also stars James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins. And in case you don’t recognize Dominik’s name – he’s the guy who directed the excellent The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. So yeah, I’m psyched.

Anyway, here’s our first look at the movie. It’s not known whether this is a set photo or an “official” still, but to me it definitely looks a lot more polished and cinematic than your average set photo. You can see the larger version below and see if you agree. (The Playlist)

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Johnny Depp’s Second Hunter S. Thompson Movie Has A Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-going-back-to-the-hunter-s-thompson-well/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-going-back-to-the-hunter-s-thompson-well/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:30:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204250 Put the tab on your tongue and relax, man.

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Actor Johnny Depp famously portrayed Hunter S. Thompson during back-to-back-to-back-to-back (etc.) acid trips in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But he wasn’t just playing a part – he apparently became good friends with his subject, who showed him the unpublished manuscript for his novel “The Rum Diary.” And Depp, being insane, up and made this into a movie. Now, that movie is getting released later this year on October 28th by FilmDistrict. The movie is directed by Bruce Robinson and stars Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi. Here’s what it’s all about:

“‘The Rum Diary’ tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s ‘The Lost Generation, Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Heard) and her fiancée Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.”

So it’s not a sequel or anything, but Depp is playing ANOTHER character based on Hunter S. Thompson. No matter what, it’s probably better than The Tourist. (via Deadline)

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Richard Jenkins Dealt Into Wise Guy Card Game http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-jenkins-delt-into-wise-guy-card-game/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/richard-jenkins-delt-into-wise-guy-card-game/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 20:16:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25593 Richard Jenkins, from that one movie with the girl, is joining Brad Pitt and Sam Rockwell in the mob card game movie 'Cogan's Trade.'

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Richard Jenkins, from that one movie with the girl, is joining Brad Pitt and Sam Rockwell in the mob card game movie Cogan’s Trade. The movie appears to be covering vaguely The Sting-like territory, with Pitt as “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob.” Jenkins will appear as “a lawyer who relays inside information about the card game.” The Sting connection is cemented by the fact that Variety refers to the movie as a “caper.”

The whole card game is being helmed by Andrew Dominik, who also directed (deep breath) The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, which means it will probably be a totally underrated classic for years to come (seriously, Jesse James is better than No Country for Old Men). (Variety)

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It’s Official: James Franco Doing Everything Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-official-james-franco-doing-everything-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-official-james-franco-doing-everything-ever/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:47:15 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22259 Busy beaver James Franco is directing 'As I Lay Dying.' Believe it or not, he's not playing every role in the film.

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James Franco is going to need at intervention for his addiction to workohol. The graduate student currently has a full slate between writing books, films, and starring in Rise Of The Apes, Your Highness, The Iceman, The Night Stalker, some Linda Lovelace thing, a “Freaks and Geeks” reunion, and something with his brother. Now he says that he’s going to direct As I Lay Dying after all.

Believe it or not, he’s not playing every role in the film. He’s reached out to Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Joaquin Phoenix, and Paul Dano to fill out the potential cast. I say potential because if someone shows his Eddie Murphy’s work in the Nutty Professor films between now and then, plans will probably change.

At this rate, the poor thing is going to suffer dehydration before he gets the chance to present himself the Oscar for Best Actor at the ceremony that he is also hosting. Somebody please make sure this guy gets a CapriSun. (MTV)

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Wilson and Sudeikis Embrace Freedom In ‘Hall Pass’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wilson-and-sudeikis-embrace-freedom-in-hall-pass-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wilson-and-sudeikis-embrace-freedom-in-hall-pass-trailer/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:25:59 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=6937 Warner Bros. has dropped the trailer for Hall Pass. Directed by The Farrelly Brothers, it follows two guys (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) whose wives give them one week off marriage to do whatever they want.

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Warner Bros. has dropped the trailer for Hall Pass. Directed by The Farrell Brothers, it follows two guys (Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis) whose wives give them one week off marriage to do whatever they want. Simple enough concept, so it’s clearly all in the execution, and I think we might have winner here. The awesome supporting cast is as follows: Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, J.B. Smoove, Stephen Merchant, Richard Jenkins, Alyssa Milano, and Vanessa Angel. If the Farrelly’s can’t make this movie work, God help them.

Hall Pass checks into theaters February 25, 2011.

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Creepy New ‘Let Me In’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/creepy-new-let-me-in-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/creepy-new-let-me-in-clip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I'm not a big fan of ruining movies for myself by watching clips, but I'm glad I sucked it up and hit play on this new one for Let Me In. Now I for seriously can't wait to check out this film at Fantastic Fest. I know a few of you out there are pissed that they remade the Swedish version, but c'mon, it's got Richard Jenkins in it. The man can do no wrong. Except for Say It Isn't So, and even in that film he's covered in bees WAY better than Nic Cage ever was. Take a look at the clip after the jump and see if it changes your skeptical mind...

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I’m not big fan of ruining movies for myself by watching clips, but I’m glad I sucked it up and hit play on this new one for Let Me In. Now I for seriously can’t wait to check out this film at Fantastic Fest. I know a few of you out there are pissed that they remade the Swedish version, but c’mon, it’s got Richard Jenkins in it. The man can do no wrong. Except for Say It Isn’t So, and even in that film he’s covered in bees WAY better than Nic Cage ever was.

Take a look at the clip after the jump and see if it changes your skeptical mind…

 

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