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As obsessed with bodily fluids as it is with social awkwardness, The Inbetweeners, be it on TV or the big screen, determinedly sets out to make viewers laugh until a bit of lung comes out. And with The Inbetweeners 2 now taking the boys, ahem, down under for more sexual shenanigans in Australia, the gross-out levels are set to soar (or plummet, depending on your viewpoint).
But making audiences squint, wince and fight their gag reflexes has always been a part of cinema. Sometimes it's done for belly laughs (Cameron Diaz styling her hair with Ben Stiller's homemade gel in There's Something About Mary), sometimes to elicit feelings of shock or revulsion (Ray Liotta forced to dine on his own brain in Hannibal). And sometimes it does all of the above at once (an army of zombies being cut to dripping ribbons with a lawnmower in Peter Jackson's splatstick horror »
Kidnapped children has proven to be a popular subgenre, hasn't it? We've already reported today on a Nic Cage thriller where he'll play a desperate father hunting for his disappeared son, and now Halle Berry will star in Kidnap, a thriller about a mother's struggle to find her abducted child.
Kidnap is an action thriller that follows a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Not a terribly original premise, but it's hard to judge a movie like this from its logline. Prieto is a good director and Berry usually works well in these types of roles.
- Matt Serafini
2 items from 2014
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