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The Aristocrats (2005)
Not for the faint of heart
Well, I think that the movie description on IMDb pretty much provides you with any basic information regarding the theme of the movie. It doesn't really have a plot and is mostly told in a documentary style fashion, but without any one narrator.
In essence, a group of comedians are all discussing this famous (apparently only to Hollywood folk) joke that has been told for some time now (I think that they reference the very early days of Hollywood and even vaudeville) primarily by comedians and typically behind the scenes. The main areas being parties, pre show discussions, post show discussions, and get togethers where any group of people include a comedian.
While I did find a few of the retellings to be funny, and a few of the comedians were just funny because of who they were, I found most of the actual dialogue to be in extremely poor taste and felt that this could have been more in the lines of a 20 minute to 30 minute short instead of a full length documentary as there is only so much perversion that can really take place in one period without fully overloading most people.
A general warning should be given up front, this is most certainly not a show for anyone under the age of 16 as it contains graphic descriptions of the most vile deviant behaviors imaginable.
Overall I don't recommend it, but I do give it at least a 4 out of 10 due to the partial comedic factor and the history lesson included.
Good but not as good as the first
Well, if you've seen this movie and you've never seen the original (American Werewolf in London), either because you've never heard of it, you didn't like this one and felt that the original must have been worse, or you just haven't gotten around to it, see the original.
I know, this review is for this movie, not the original, but I still want to recommend that you see the original as it broke so much ground in the concept of a horror comedy, a genre that has so few movies in it that when a good one is made, it stands out.
OK, now this movie here is still a fun movie and it is in the horror comedy genre, so it's got some work to do if it wants to appeal to any group of people out there.
Yes, there are a bunch of people who love horror movies, and probably even more who love a good comedy, but it's difficult to appease both even when you stick with only one genre, let alone trying to find an audience for one that mixes two that are not typically put together.
This movie has some pretty darn good special effects, an actual plot, pretty good acting overall, some interesting settings for their scenes, a little nudity, some blatant humor (things like site gags and one liners) and even some subtle humor that is more biting than outright humor, and it even has (for those who care) a little nudity.
The action scenes are pretty dang fun if not a little gory, and a few surprises for those who enjoy those as well.
See the original if you are only going to see one, but otherwise, see both.
American Wedding (2003)
Good movie but best when watched as series
OK, if you've read my reviews of the first two movies in this series, then you have an idea of my overall view of these movies. But if not, here's the basics.
I loved all three movies (I still don't count the newer direct to DVD's that have come out) on their own but really loved them when viewed as a series of movies.
The first two were hilarious for both younger folk (ok, not too young, let's say maybe as early as preteen but most likely the high school students) and the older folk (because it's funnier to look back on some of the things that we did or knew that others did when we were younger) and this movie follows suit. It's just as funny when viewed on it's own, but for the best result, it makes an awesome ending to a trilogy.
I think that if you watch all three movies, you'll see the growth of the characters as they mature from ignorant (but in a funny way) young people to mature (or at least what passes as such) people entering full adulthood. They do so without being too serious but also touching on a lot of subjects that young people (and some older people) think about and have experienced in their lives.
See these movies for the humor, the growth of the characters, and for one of the few sets of movies that actually use all of the same actors for all three movies.
American Pie 2 (2001)
Great movie, but better series
As I noted in my review of the first movie, this movie is hilarious by itself but better in the movie series.
The first movie helps to set up the characters, brings us a lot of humor, and can truly be watched by itself without seeing any of the sequels.
But, to truly get the most out of the three movies (I don't count the direct to DVD movies that came out later), it's best to see each of them in order.
The first movie has our characters as young and still fairly stupid as far as life is concerned. They learn a bit at the end, grow a bit, and we all get to go along for the funny ride.
This movie has at least one of the group (no spoilers, just see it) already maturing from his role in the first movie and the rest of the characters either resisting the call to adulthood or working their way through their own twisty hilarious paths to maturity.
Again, if you are going to see them, I strongly recommend watching them in the order that they came out in so that you can not only enjoy the humor in each, but so that you can notice that the characters are growing into adults throughout the series, ending in the American Wedding movie.
American Pie (1999)
Good by itself but great as a series
This movie, by itself, is hilarious. It's funny for the younger set that can immediately relate to the humor that describes, at least on some level, the world that they live in and for the older set that can now sit back and laugh at the way that they were (or their friends were) when they were growing up.
It's got a cast of younger actors who are truly hilarious and then they also throw in the father, Eugene Levy (sp?) to make things even funnier. His straight acting to the comedy around him is legendary, and he shows off his skill in this set of movies.
As noted in my tagline, this movie is funny even if you only saw it and none of the sequels. But where this set of movie excels is in the fact that there are sequels. It shows not only that they can find fresh humor with all of the same characters (a winning point to this set of movies is that it appears that the entire cast returns each time) but that the characters can actually start to slowly show maturity throughout the films up until the American Wedding movie.
See this movie if you want a good laugh, get all of them if you want to have a lot of good laughs and if you want to actually see the characters grow over time.
Ali Baba Bunny (1957)
A big fan
OK, I'll admit that I'm a big fan of animated shows, having grown up with them, they were part of my life for as far back as I can remember.
My tastes have changed a little since that time, and I have added a sizable mental library of shows that I've seen, but overall I enjoy the animated shows quite a bit.
Taking that into account, I can say that I was lucky enough to grow up with the Bugs Bunny line of cartoons, the Looney Toons cartoons if you will. While I believe that some of them are better than others, I would give all of them a higher rating than most other animated shows in existence, each having something to offer in the way of humor, animation skill, or just plain silliness.
This specific one, with Bugs and Daffy, is one of my all time favorites, one that I've quoted (much to the chagrin of my family) often, especially the Daffy lines regarding how greedy he is when encountering the vast amount of wealth in the cave.
This one isn't played often enough on television, so if you have an opportunity to see it on TV, or in some sort of DVD set, do so and I believe that from the beginning, you will laugh.
Hilarious piece of animation
This movie is truly hilarious and it appeals to both children and most adults.
It isn't only the comic genius of Robin Williams as the Genie, or Gilbert Godfried (sp?) as the parrot, but it's the little subtle bits of humor like facial expressions, inside jokes, one liners, and the humor of the overall scenes themselves.
But, if the humor wasn't enough for you, it's got a very addictive soundtrack, much of the music is very catchy and I found myself singing along to a few of the songs after watching it for the first time. I think that the Prince Ali song is my favorite, mostly for the song, but partially because of the parade format of the scene.
If the humor and the music wasn't enough to suck you in, we also have some rather amazing action scenes (yes, I know it's animated, but it's done so well that you get pulled right into the scene itself) having something to do with what appears to be a mixture of old fashioned animation and computer animation.
See this movie, you will not be disappointed.
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
One of the funniest sequels ever
This is one of the funniest sequels ever. It has all of the same types of jokes, the same writing style, the same filming style, and a hilarious cast of people who understand exactly what it takes to make a movie funny.
The site gags, the plays on words, the silly facial expressions and the overall humor of this movie works so well that I can watch it over and over without losing any real fun value.
I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who liked the first movie or who can watch a funny movie without taking it seriously at all.
I think that this is one of the first movies that William Shatner was in that I really liked, and he helped add a lot to the fun value of the movie. It might be that this is one of the first movies he was in where he did not take himself seriously, making it even funnier.
Well, I can see that this movie really didn't get the best reviews, which surprised me as it is one of my favorite movies ever.
I thought back on it while posting my 9 out of 10 review and I can see how others might not enjoy this style of humor, as it does take getting used to and not everyone gets that chance because the movie is rarely played.
If you are a Gene Wilder fan, a Marty Feldman fan, a Madeline Kahn (sp?) fan, or a fan of sherlock holmes, then this movie is for you. Yes, it's a bit dry in places, and yes it can be a bit flighty, but if you can stick it out and just turn off the logical part of your mind for a bit and go along with the wild ride, I think that in the end, you'll buy a ticket and ask to go on the ride again.
The singing numbers, the wild looks of Kahn, Wilder and of course my buggy eyed friend, Feldman, help to make this movie quirky and humorous at the same time. The dark London (I think it's in London) streets and the perpetual night helps to make this a very fun period piece with humor at every step.
For someone such as myself who does enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes story, I truly loved the way that our main character (Wilder) is constantly getting things so way off. Such as when he thinks he is describing the person on the other side of the door based on the clues he has and then he is so way off that it's hilarious.
See this movie, and if you need to watch it again to fully enjoy it, give it about a week and then see it again. It's worth the multiple viewings.
Awful and loud at it
I remember thinking that due to the cast, the subject matter, and the director, I was going to love this movie.
Stepping into the theatre and taking my seat, I was like a giddy schoolgirl as my anticipation for the opening scene built.
I was not disappointed with the opening and felt that I was truly going to love this movie.
If you haven't seen the movie and feel that anything that gives away scenes might be seen as a spoiler, please stop reading. I'm not going to give away anything really important, but it might be seen as such, so that is the warning.
Spoiler may be included below, beware.
I think that the first scene that really hit me as just utterly ridiculous was the Russian space station scene. I mean honestly, refueling a shuttle with no real prior warning, and then to simply show the station as being so fragile that a simple little mistake can cause the entire thing to just explode.
While all of this is possible, it seemed to me to be way over the top. I'm not sure if it was just the situation or if it was the cheesy acting, the silly view of the Russian technology, or just the campy attitude of the scene itself.
It only got worse for me after that because then we endure what seemed like 2 hours of constant super loud explosions in space...you know, that place where there is no sound because it's a vacuum.
But the coup de grace for me, honestly, was the gun scene. (spoiler possibility) - Earlier in the movie, we see Bruce Willis tearing apart their land vehicle (the vehicle that they will use to drive around in when they get there and to help them drill) when he is told that this is what they will be using. He is taking pieces off and complaining about it because much of what's on it is heavy and not required for what they are doing.
So then, as we are wandering onto the asteroids, we see that they have opted to add a massive gatling like gun to the vehicles...you know, standard NASA fare is to have heavy weaponry on all space missions in case, you know, aliens or something.
I could have taken the explosive 2 hours, the silly Russian space station refueling scene, the cheesy love scene near the end, the Bruce Willis character being nothing more than most of his other past characters, but the Steve Buscemi going mad and shooting the space vehicle's gun all over the place and causing havoc/damage, well that threw the entire thing over the top for me.
Save your money and time and avoid this movie. If you want a good meteor movie, see Deep Impact, if you want a fun space movie with awesome special effects, see Space Cowboys, but no matter what, avoid this flick.