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Moms' Night Out (2014)
I've seen snakes on a plane, this movie sucked more than that
Mom Allyson feels she isn't satisfied with her life, seeking to refill her spirit she teams up with childhood best friend Izzy and the wife of her church pastor Sondra for a girls night out. Drama ensues when they find Allyson has messed up their reservations for dinner but happen to bump into Allyson's sister in laws ex-boyfriend who was supposed to be watching the baby. With sister-in-law Bridget now in toe they race across the city trying to find baby phoenix, all the while discovering "god" which eventually helps Allyson decide she's magically happy with her life and everything is fantastic for her.
All in all this movie was nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to promote Christianity and convince people their lives and problems wouldn't be so bad if they only believed in God. If that's how this movie promoted itself, we wouldn't have a problem, but it's attempt to pass itself off as a standard cliché' night out comedy and then switch halfway through the film into ramping religion down your throat in a blatant, never ending fashion made this nothing more than church propaganda.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Pretty meh. Watchable, but nothing to write home about
From a movie that promises to change a genre, the viewer is left rather disappointed. The underlying premise is obvious from the trailers, and certainly even more in your face obvious from the first 10 minutes of the film, leaving any and all chances of surprises and twists well in the realms of never never land.
Thankfully however, the film doesn't seem to be attempting to surprise you; but with less than mediocre comedy and not really much of a lot in the way of horror the film is left rather flat and 2 dimensional. Certainly not what I'd call even in the ball park of a game charger film.
** SPOILER ALERT ** I did feel somewhat insulted when we were told that all the events were part of a yearly ritual, and more over, a ritual that they clean up after; then when they let all the monsters into the facility through the illogical elevators that honestly, lets face it would never lead into the main facility, the clean up crew which is apparently responsible for putting these creatures back in their boxes every year is just some guys with guns whom are quickly slaughtered. That is thoroughly insulting to the viewers intellect, and quite frankly lazy writing. ** SPOILER ALERT **
All in all the movie is watchable, but it's nothing to write home about. It's the sort of film you'd watch at midnight on a Friday or Saturday evening just because it's on, and you have nothing better to do; but not the sort of movie you'd pay good money to purposefully see as a rental. If you're looking for a scary DVD there are plenty of other, better options available to you.
The Invention of Lying (2009)
totally lacking insight
The invention of lying begins by adequately setting up the premise that no one in the movies world can lie. The only problem with this premise is that no one in the world seems to be able to follow this rule. The script allows for casual lies to take place at times when it is convenient to the plot line; which a similar story to the truth. Characters often go far beyond simply telling the truth, randomly blurting out insults and comments which are unrelated to the dialogue taking place. There seems to be a lack of insight by Gervais into both human behaviour and human thought.
Products/companies also still seem to exist in this fictional world even though their ads essentially are little more than a list of all the potentially bad things the product can do to you.
But the biggest insult the believability comes once the lead character 'invents' lying. Other characters seem to simply except his lies regardless of the evidence in front of them. The best example is the cop arresting 'Greg' for drunk driving, whereby 'Greg' is visibly drunk, admits to being drunk, blows an "off the chart" reading on the "breath tester" and yet the cop simply excepts 'Marks' lie that 'Greg' isn't drunk. These kinds of unrealistic reactions to lies by supporting characters drew my attention away from any form of humour left in the film.
The film becomes near unwatchable though when it turns into a religious statement. With a non-sense film like this, I'm there to zone out & be entertained, not engage in religious discussion/debate.