9 items from 2014
Cavemen is a romantic comedy about how – with a little help from our friends – true love isn’t as evasive as it seems. During a recent press day for the film, I spoke with stars Skylar Astin, Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray and director Herschel Faber about filming a love story in La… and just who has the sweetest dance moves out of the bunch. Check it out below.
Cavemen follows La playboy Dean (Skylar Astin) who is fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships and realizes that he wants something more out of life than just a party. With a little inspiration from his nine-year-old nephew and his best friend Tess (Camilla Belle), Dean decides to try his hand at finding true love for the first time – which proves to be much more difficult than he thought in modern-day Los Angeles.
- Melissa Howland
A tank top with a tail, a ruched floral gown and bird feather shoes -- stars were rocking all the wrong trends this week! Camilla Belle caught everyone's attention on the red carpet at the "Cavemen" premiere in Los Angeles -- and not in a good way.The actress donned a black top with a flower in front and a long sweeping cape in back, paired with loose-fitted black pants that completely swallowed her petite frame.Olivia Munn walked the red carpet at the Stockholm premiere of "Robocop," wearing a grass green Michael Kors halter dress with a white flower print. The ruched detailing down the front and the backless silhouette looked cheap -- not chic.And, Tilda Swinton is no stranger to making a statement with fashion, but the sandals she wore at "The Grand Budapest Hotel" premiere in Berlin were a little scary. The actress looked like she »
- tooFab Staff
Pulling a Matthew McConaughey? Chad Michael Murray recently went on an extreme diet to lose weight for an upcoming role. At a roundtable interview for his current film Cavemen on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 32-year-old actor told Us Weekly about his dramatic weight loss. "I played a homeless heroin addict for a film called Other People's Children," Murray said of his role in the Liz Hinlein-directed drama. "I lost 25 pounds for it, and I was really in a dark place for about a month. It was [...] »
An utterly unevolved romantic comedy, “Cavemen” tries to split the difference between raunchy and sweet and fails miserably on all counts. The presence of “Pitch Perfect” leading man Skylar Astin as a struggling Los Angeles screenwriter won’t help this low-budget and even lower-impact pic’s prospects for success. Auds in the Paleolithic Era might have been more receptive, if only because they weren’t yet inundated by the tiresome cliches writer-director Herschel Faber indulges in here.
Dean (Astin) and his three male roommates live in a trendy downtown loft they’ve dubbed “the cave.” All aspiring artists in some way, they’re like the crew from “Swingers” as reimagined by the creators of an “American Pie” direct-to-dvd sequel. The only one who really matters besides Dean is fellow bartender Jay (Chad Michael Murray), a cloyingly narcissistic ladies man who brags endlessly about his numerous conquests.
Dean, meanwhile, is determined »
- Geoff Berkshire
This weekend, an ordinary Lego is on a mission to stop a monstrous tyrant in "The Lego Movie," George Clooney and Matt Damon are on a mission to rescue priceless art from Nazi thieves, and high school gets a ghoulish makeover in the action-comedy "Vampire Academy."
In "The Lego Movie," a perfectly average Lego mini-figure named Emmett is mistakenly identified as the extraordinary Master Builder, leading him on a journey with a fellowship of strangers to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("21 Jump Street"), the film features an all-star cast, with Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and many more.
Based on a true story, "The Monuments Men" follows an unlikely World War II platoon tasked to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves. The film is directed by George Clooney, who also produced »
- Jonny Black
As though timed precisely to make “That Awkward Moment” look better, along comes “Cavemen,” a vapid and empty-headed rom-com about dudes in the big city that makes the Zac Efron/Miles Teller/Michael B. Jordan comedy seem like David Mamet by comparison. Apparently answering the unasked question, “What would happen if you told a 12-year-old at screenwriting camp to combine ‘Swingers’ and ‘(500) Days of Summer’?” writer-director Herschel Faber compiles an assemblage of trite observations about relationships and movie clichés you forgot even existed into a rancid stew of ennui and cynicism. What kind of clichés, you ask? There are two separate scenes. »
- Alonso Duralde
Puddle of Mud: Faber’s Debut an Antiquated Exercise of Quest for Love
Romantically inclined comedies from the dude’s perspective may seem rare, but often suffer just as acutely from narrative cliché as their feminine inclined counterparts, and screenwriter/director Herschel Faber’s debut, Cavemen, is not an exception to the rule. Modern hetero courtship gets a superficial overview in this examination of four males who may or may not be looking for the mysterious object known as “the one,” but Faber’s tame observations seem more like a lost opportunity to say something fresh about dating (not to mention a highly criticized Los Angeles social scene).
Dean (Skylar Astin), lives and works with several of his buddies in Los Angeles, including the rather woman hungry Jay (Chad Michael Murray). Beyond struggling to be a screenwriter, Dean seriously would like to experience love, which would also help his new script, »
- Nicholas Bell
A screenwriter tries to fall in love in order to lend authenticity to his script about a man falling in love in Cavemen, a tiresome film that itself knows nothing but other rom-com plots.
Ignoring the belief held by his friend Jay (Chad Michael Murray) — a lothario in the Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother mold — that guys are driven by a primal urge to hook up, struggling movie scribe Dean (Skylar Astin) desperately searches for "the one," clueless to the fact that she's his beautiful best friend, Tess (Camilla Belle).
In the lead-up to the obvious realization that Dean and Tess are meant for each other, writer-director Herschel Faber indulges in the usual, worn-out genre conventions: guys talking dirty about sex, suffering through cau »
Title: Cavemen Director: Herschel Faber Starring: Skylar Astin, Camilla Belle, Chad Michael Murray, Alexis Knapp, Kenny Wormald Seems like the new trend in movies is that men want to settle down; so say good-bye to Don Juans and welcome in the male-types who are desperately hunting for love. The flick ‘Cavemen’ proves this point by following L.A. playboy Dean (Skylar Astin), who is fed up with one-night-stands and empty relationships and realises he wants something more out of life than just a party. His best friend Tess (Camilla Belle) will predictably prove to be the chosen one. The comedic film, with a slight edge of drama – revolving around the [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
9 items from 2014