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This is one of those rare teen flicks that actually hits the mark. This is a carefully written, well-acted tale of the high school social structure and the unnecessary rifts it causes. While old guys like myself can only regret the missed opportunities peer pressure has cost us, maybe the younger folks can learn from it. Meaningful without being preachy, this movie should be mandatory viewing once a year in high schools.
I am still a South Park fan. There, I said it and I'm glad. Still, this is one of the worst tv to movie adaptations since "The Little Rascals." What makes the show funny is that feeling that you're getting away with something, that something has been slipped in past the censors, or that the line has somehow been crossed in a way that those in charge didn't notice. Without having a line to cross, the thrill is simply gone. Nonstop obscenities and tacky humor simply aren't funny in a forum where anything goes. Add this with the heavy-handed blasts on the MPAA, the movie is little more than Trey and Matt's personal propoganda film at the expense of everyone else's enjoyment. The fans deserved much better.
I love salt and vinegar flavored potato chips. Some people would rather chew glass, but I love 'em. Sure, they're bitter, and not something you'd want to make your whole diet out of, but for those of us that likes 'em, they're great. Blade is your salt and vinegar movie. Excessively violent? Sure. Downright gross? You betcha! Hackneyed, staged, pandering, condescending, and with a predictable ending? Of course! But, it's sooooooo unapologetic about what it is, you can't help but love it. It's over-the-top, in-your-face fun that'll keep you on the edge of your seat if you let yourself get lost in the nonsense. Any attempt at sweetening it would have been a disaster, so they went full-tilt in the other direction and the result is a dang good time. A true guilty pleasure. Not appropriate for younger audiences (that R is there for a reason), but lots of scary fun.
You know what I mean. Cotton candy has a very pleasant taste, but it kind of dissolves in your mouth, doesn't satisfy your hunger, and actually leaves you hungry for something more substantial if you get too much of it. Such is the case with this movie. Granted, I saw it at home, but I also saw Apollo 13 at home and had a great time. My wife and I literally fell asleep after the first hour. I can't tell you what happened after that, but that, in and of itself, should tell you something.
I had to drag my wife kicking and screaming into seeing this movie, but I had just sat through "Mary Reilly," so she owed me one. And she's glad I did. We both enjoyed this movie a great deal, probably more than we were supposed to (we are thirtysomethings, after all). It was like Gremlins without the blood and gack factor. Fun characters, fast pacing, and nice use of "unknown" actors (the studios should do that more often) grabs you by the corneas and doesn't let go. Equally enjoyable on a television, which is a rarity in these big budget flicks. Great movie for those who like (or can tolerate) a lot of activity. Watch it with the kids . . . you'll probably find yourself yelling louder than they are.
The plus side of having cable television with a movie channel or two is that you get the opportunity to see movies you might have otherwise missed somewhere along the way. I'm talking about those charming little films that have a low budget but make up in heart what they're missing in window dressing. Lovelife ain't one of those movies. This is an overlong whine-a-thon where people give each other the shaft and can't figure out why they aren't in satisfying relationships. Pretentious and pathetic all at once, this film tries to find honor in the fact that it isn't a mainstream film, and sacrifices everything that makes a film (mainstream and otherwise) entertaining in the process. Avoid this one. It isn't even a good date movie.
I've been an avid reader of comics for twenty-five years now. I watch every comic-related movie and television show I can find. I've never read McFarlane's very popular Spawn series, and now that I've seen the movie, I can save myself the trouble. Put away that Snooze Ray! Special effects-heavy, plot-light tale of a guy who makes a deal with the forces of darkness and then becomes a good guy (Wow! I've never heard of such a plot!). I haven't seen a movie this dank since the Adventures of Ford Fairlane. You know how the Batman movies created this dark, sinister atmosphere that was actually pretty cool in a macabre way? This movie creates a dark, sinister atmosphere that makes you want to turn off the television and go outside for some fresh air. I enjoyed Shaquelle O'Neal as Steel more than this. Avoid, although you should watch it first if your children want to see it to decide if it's appropriate. Ah, the things we do for our kids . . . .
Adam Sandler is not everyone's cup of tea, and that's fortunate for him. If he tried to please everyone by adapting his sophomoric brand of humor for mass consumption, it would be like adding spaghetti to ice cream. I've always been a Sandler fan, and my wife has always been a Sandler detractor, but this one-two-three punch of his last few movies has actually turned her around. She wouldn't want to see him all the time, but she no longer says, "That guy just isn't funny," like she did when he was on Saturday Night Live. The first half of this movie is nonstop laughs. It manages to dance on the border of clever and stupid and makes you laugh in spite of yourself. Then, it turns into every other kind of "underdog against all odds" movie you've ever seen. The Waterboy does not play for a second half team. Clearly catering to the lowest common denominator, the movie becomes so bland that you almost forget how good the first half tasted. Almost.
I think I've seen three complete episodes of the television series, and I'm not a sci-fi lover at all, but this movie was a dang good time. There, I said it and I'm glad. Great special effects, a thoughtful script, and excellent casting makes this one a sleeper keeper. I think I would have had either Hurt of Oldman shave their beard (it was too hard to tell them apart at the beginning), but everything else was perfecta. Matt LeBlanc finally shows us he's capable of being in something worth watching besides "Friends." It gets off to a slow start, but once the ship hits the air . .. prepare for adventure! An hour and forty minutes had passed before my wife and I even thought about glancing at the clock above the television . .. this one will really suck you in. Squeaky clean fun for the whole family, too! It's a shame this one didn't do better . . . I'd actually look forward to a sequel.
This really isn't a bad movie. It doesn't deliver as many belly laughs as Wayne's World, but it certainly surpasses Coneheads and It's Pat in the intelligence and humor department. It's not as good as the book this film was based on, and Al Franken can certainly be a lot funnier than this character allows him to be, but it's worth your time. People from dysfunctional families will probably like it better.
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