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Not 'great', but really not that bad....
What's with all the fake 1/10 reviews? All complaining about sex and the rating... sounds like it was all written by the same person or group of persons... The movie doesn't even have 'sex' in it, apart from a 30 sec scene and a few jokes here and there. Nothing to make a big deal out of it.
Personally I thought the movie was alright. It wasn't super good, or super extra funny, but my boyfriend and I laughed here and there, some of the jokes fell flat, others were pretty funny. Overall it was a decent movie. On par with 'toilet humour' movies, if you like those then it's more or less the same. Don't watch it to get more intelligent, it's just to have fun.
Rose Byrne and Seth Rogers had good chemistry and they were great. Zac Effron looked a bit too old in the movie to be a believable frat guy, but he still did a good performance. Some actors like Christopher Mintz- Pass were underused though. It would have been nice to see more of other characters in the frat house.
There were a few scenes that were a little bit too long and I think the movie could have been shorter, but it was entertaining anyway. I'd say it's worth a 5 or 6, but nowhere near a 1. I've seen a lot of bad movies, and this isn't one of them. There are better comedies out there for sure, but this movie was just fine for some good laughs. Don't bother reading the fake reviews.
Horse Thieves (2005)
I watched this movie with no expectations, and it definitely wasn't what I thought. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Horse Thieves is a drama that takes place 200 years ago. The movie first introduces two homeless brothers who join the army to get food and shelter. The big brother is a tough one, who always needs to protects his weak little brother, but really loves him. It's seizing how the movie manages to share the emotions with the viewer in the way you can feel how much the brothers care for each other until an unfortunate accident arrives.
The movie then switches to another pair of brothers who are involved in the accident, and who share a similar relation, although this time the older of the two is a real brute unlike the one in the first part of the movie. I don't want to spoil anything, but it's a tale of revenge, brother love, and all these emotions the movie will make you share with the characters.
If you enjoy touching, but tough movies, without any doubt watch this one.
The Bend (2011)
Boring to watch and listen to
This movie is very similar to the Romantics. You have a bunch of people gather and talk. Nothing really ever happens. Here you have three kids. The main character's brother was bi-polar and drowned at the beach after his prom, but nobody really knows why it happened. The young brother, his best friend and ex girlfriend gather later and talk about it. They decide to go out and buy drinks, go to their school during the night and throw a party to commemorate the prom.
Now we're supposed to believe that in one single night, they manage to break into the school and decorate the whole auditorium into a prom setting, and nobody catches them. Talk about unrealistic in a realistic movie. The acting from the three main characters is okay, but the dialogues are boring and feel forced. From the movie's synopsis I was thinking something would eventually happen, but nothing ever happens. They just talk for all of the movie, and have nothing really interesting to say, except dwell on the past. In the end, the 'plot twist' is just not shocking. It's like, "oh. okay." I couldn't really care less about the characters. They never even tell you why the brother hates his younger sister who has a crush on the main character.
There is no big revelation, no character development, no explanation of the past. Loss of time. Just a drama that feels like a theatrical play.
Noémie: Le secret (2009)
Quebec has some particularly good kids movie; La Guerre des Tuques, Matusalem, La Grenouille et la baleine -- just to name a few, but they are quite dated now. Which is why Noemie is a pleasant surprise, as it has the same kind of charm that made those movies so fun to watch; an engaging lead character, a good mix of funny and touching moments, and a great soundtrack.
The movie is based on a series of books, which follow Noemie, a sweet and dynamic seven year-old girl who firmly believes a treasure is hidden within her upstairs neighbor's apartment. As the story unfolds, she keeps on trying to find clues and leads that would take her to find the treasure, while at the same time she gets closer to the old lady living there.
Although this will mostly interest kids, it's the kind of movie that adults will also like, thanks to the emotions it conveys, and the nostalgic charm it has, reminding us of our own childhood movies. But what really steals the spot is the actress playing Noemie; even though this is her first role, she is full of life, absolutely adorable, and displays emotions incredibly. I would not be surprised to see her star in other movies.
Noemie is a really fun movie to watch with kids, as they always seem to remember the movies with funny, happy and sad moments the most, and endear them. There are some bits that are a bit long (the movie lasts 1 hour and 40 min, maybe a bit too much for the content), but all in all it's a very cute film, and I definitely recommend it.
Not bad at all
I was looking for something to watch that wouldn't require too much thought, something quick and fun, nothing too complicated. When I saw the 3/10 rating on IMDb, I almost didn't watch the movie. In the end, I still did, and I'm glad I did. It was nothing special, but I wanted to be entertained, and that's exactly what the movie did. Nothing less, nothing more.
As other people have mentioned, the movie is like a cross between Nancy Drew and a Goosebump episode. It's filmed cheaply, with unknown actors that don't deliver any ground-breaking performances, but the script is well put together and interesting. The intrigue is surprisingly captivating, and there are no slow parts, resulting in a fast-paced movie where you don't really have time to be bored or annoyed.
The 'horror' parts of the movie are extremely cliché, and somewhat funny because they fail to surprise, but for younger kids this is just enough, more would be too much. Everything falls into place a bit too easily during the movie and the ending is ridiculous, but until that point the unfolding of the story is great, if kept in mind that this is a thriller/mystery for children. The ending supposes there will be a continuation, and I do hope so.
It's fun to watch, just don't expect more than it is.
Si j'étais toi (2007)
Very touching movie
This is a remake of a Japanese movie I believe, a drama about a family like every other. The mother and her husband are very much in love, and their 16-years old daughter is going through her teen phase; friends, boyfriends, drugs, anger against parents who love her. This is very hard to live for her mother who only wants her good. One day while they are both in the car arguing, they get in an accident where they both nearly die. When the mother wakes up at the hospital, her daughter is dead. After something strange happens, she awakens in the body of her daughter, and her own body is declared dead.
She doesn't understand what is happening and tries to convince her husband that she is the mother, not the daughter. Obviously, at first the husband doesn't want to believe her, thinking she is still shaken from the accident. Eventually he realizes that she is telling the truth, but even though they are in love as husband and wife just like before, they cannot consume their love as the father finds it awkward to have his wife inside his daughter's body. The situation is very hard on both of them as they are so close yet so far.
During the movie, the mother tries to continue her daughter's life in hope that she will one day re-emerge. This brings conflict to the relation between her and the husband, as she feels as if she is re-living her teen years through her daughter's chaotic life. The main actors really brought a lot of emotion to the characters, and their love story even brought tears to my eyes. There are a lot of touching and sad moments. The movie's production feels a little bit cheap but it's a great story told brilliantly. The main actress playing the daughter did an amazing job at conveying the feelings of this adult-teenager girl torn between two lives and so many emotions. Very beautiful movie.
Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)
Not for everyone..
When the movie started, with the amateur filming and uninteresting boobies scene, I almost turned it off right away. I ended up watching more, and really got into it. Of course it's nothing special, it's filmed like a low-budget TV series, but what makes it interesting is that it feels real. The characters are real, the story is real, the problems are real. I felt like I was watching a reality show with people who have relationship issues that I could relate to. Obviously, if you don't like reality shows, chances are you probably won't like this. Hannah was fun to watch, although she's a bit annoying at times. Overall I really enjoyed this simplistic home movie, it was very pleasant and real. The only thing I disliked was how it ended so abruptly, I wanted more!
Jacquou le croquant (2007)
Ordinary, yet tremendous...
Jacquou le Croquant is a good production that is unfortunately too long and too slow. Some parts are unnecessary and could have been taken out, or at least shortened. These two flaws will turn off a lot of people.
However, if you can keep up with the snail pace, the movie is pretty good with a fair mix of action and touching moments. The first part of the story follows Jacquou as a young boy who loses both of his parents, and ends up being taken care of by the churchman of the village. The second part covers his revenge against the man who is responsible for the death of his parents now that he is a young man.
The dialogues and acting isn't all that great, but the actor(s) playing Jacquou is cute as a kid and handsome as an adult (the two lead actresses are very beautiful as well). The sceneries and imagery is simply breathtaking and the melodies enchanting. The movie is definitely great to look at, if anything, despite the weak storyline (but still does the job of staying interesting all the way through).
Jacquou le Croquant is nothing special, but to the right audience it's a good movie in all respect.
The perfect pirate movie
I wasn't expecting much from the movie since it was made for TV, but it really turned out to be the best pirate movie I saw, definitely.
The characters are engaging, the setting is believable, the two main actors playing the brothers are simply perfect for the roles, and the soundtrack is really endearing. The only fault might perhaps be the visuals, the underwater scenes looking kind of weak, but the rest, sceneries, costumes and make-up is excellent all around.
The original movie is kind of long, but I saw the "Pirates: Blood Brothers" version which was a bit shorter, although you don't actually feel like the movie is long anyways, since it's so captivating that you never want it to end. You get to care for all the characters, and there's always intrigue and action to spice things up.
Without a doubt an adventure movie far superior to all the Hollywood ones that every fan of pirates stories should watch.
There are very few Quebec movies that I like, but this one definitely was worthy. It's a drama, following a ditzy and frivolous mother who tries to build herself a new life after 10 years of prison, in hopes of getting her daughter back. Celine Bonier really shows how great of an actress she is, playing that mother full of sweet innocence, who only wants to do good while all of her life crumbles around her. You can't help but feel sad for her, no matter what terrible thing she has done in the past, and the movie does a great job at keeping a little mystery as to what is the real truth until the ending. Some points remain obscure in regards to the relation between the protagonist and some of the secondary characters, but the movie obviously focuses on the mother/daughter relation, keeping the other characters in background for story continuity. It's an excellent movie regardless, with convincing characters, a realistic tone and an unfolding great in emotions.