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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
They cut all the wrong parts
I watched this film recently and some of it was really good. The Kleptomaniac I didn't quite get but he was hilarious to watch, and everyone had a yearbook girl at their school.
Seth Green and Lauren Ambrose's scenes together really stole the movie. The girl who feels like she doesn't quite fit in and the guy that thinks everyone loves him but is really just the school joke, these guys should have been the main plot. Their initial meeting was funny, the way they came together was fun to watch. Their dealing with past problems was insightful and the way they finally became a couple was moving. They dealt with teenage problems in a way which was true and un-patronising to kids, this very rarely happens in films today.
But these guys weren't the main story line. Instead we had a guy that was supposed to be a geek, (but he had rather a lot of friends to be geeky) and a girl that was looking for sympathy because she had been dating the school jock for the last 4 years.
Jennifer Love Hewitt played the part of Amanda Beckitt with an ego the size of the grand canyon. She was meant to be likeable but i felt myself desperately wanting to fast forward past all parts where she was whining to one of her many friends that seemed to be queueing up to hear her whine.
Eathan Embry was a likeable enough character but I just wanted to scream "She's not worth it" at him.
The geek trying to get revenge on the jock was funny enough but his 2 alien loving side kicks were yet another part where i wanted to fast forward, there were all together too many of those.
The Cameo's in this film seemed to be unlimitless from Breckin Myers as the lead singer in a band that doesn't get to play, Melissa Joan Hart as a girl desperate to get people to sign her yearbook, to Amber Benson (Tara in BtVS) as a girl watching a banana move????.
It was a good film but should have concentrated more on the Green/Ambrose relationship.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
More than just another sequel
OK we all know the story about sequels. "They can never match the original". Well I dare anyone to say that about this sequel. Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weiss return to resurrect their roles as the 1940's explorers.
This time round the couple are married, and have a son. When they open a box in an ancient Egyptian tomb they set forth a course of events that could release the Scorpion king.
Incidentally the Scorpion king is played by WWF wrestler "The Rock" and I have to say he wasn't entirely bad in his role.
Whoever can kill the Scorpion king can take control of his armies and either rule the world with them or send them back to the underworld where they came from. So naturally a group of people call forth Imotep(I know I didn't spell that right). They believe the ancient mummy is the only person that will be able to defeat the scorpion king and control his armies.
John Hannah also returns as the wimpy, clumsy brother to Evie, and provides some hilarious moments. Evie's son is also hilarious with his innocent childlike confidence and total faith in his father.
The romantic moments between Frasier and Weiss are often comical and heart-warming, but the main attraction to this film is undoubtedly the superb effects and excellent directing. The effects in this film are far superior to the original. The fight scenes are more dramatic and will leave even most sceptical in awe of them.
I would recommend that everyone go see this film as soon as possible, 10/10
Save the Last Dance (2001)
More than just another dance film.
I saw the trailer for this film and thought oh, great another American teen guilt ridden angst film, but I believe in giving every film a chance and i have to say, I'm glad I did with this one. At the start Julia Stiles is the stereotypical teenager in the way that she requires everyone to be at her beck and call. Slowly throughout the film we see her beginning to develop as a character and learn several important life lessons.
But the thing that shocked me most about this film was that it wasn't really about dance. This is the story about a young white girl trying to come to terms with the loss of her mother. While coping with being at a new school that is predominately black and trying to rebuild a relationship with her father who was missing from most of her life. To make things harder on her she falls in love with a gorgeous black student, who just happens to be one of the smartest kids in the school. The path of true love doesn't always run smoothly though and she finds herself isolated for not "sticking to her own kind".
I really have to praise the entire cast of this film they handle some very delicate issues on race relations very well and showed the audience that you can achieve anything if you want it badly enough.