Screen Junkies » she’s all that http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:06:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 M. Night Shyamalan Wrote ‘She’s All That’ Which In And Of Itself, Is Something Of A Twist http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/m-night-shyamalan-wrote-shes-all-that-which-in-and-of-itself-is-something-of-a-twist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/m-night-shyamalan-wrote-shes-all-that-which-in-and-of-itself-is-something-of-a-twist/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:22:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255262 The twist is...there is no twist. It's formulaic and straightforward.

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While he was getting his career going before the monster hit The Sixth Sense, M. Night was understandably taking work where he could get it. And, as a writer, that generally means being a hired gun for projects WAY outside your comfort zone or scope of interest.

Which is why, when Shyamalan admitted to having ghost-written She’s All That (we had already learned years ago he was involved with Stuart Little), we immediately racked our brains for scenes or exchanges that may have shed some light on his involvement.

The only scenes that keep coming up for me are the ones that involve everyone dancing to Fatboy Slim, and the father who keeps incorrectly answering the Jeopardy questions out loud.

I don’t exactly see Shayamalan’s fingerprints all over those.

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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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