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Chasing Papi (2003)
Basic premise of this movie is one guy dating 3 women in different cities. To surprise her man, all three women (independently of each other) decide to visit him at his home in Los Angeles. (Sidenote: why would a guy give all 3 women his home address in LA????) When they run into each other, they decide to stick around until their man makes a decision on whom he chooses. Of course, there is a subplot about the stolen money, a couple of bad guys, and a persistent FBI agent. While this is a fun film to watch, it isn't anything ground breaking. I found the character playing Papi to be very stiff. I couldn't really feel any connection between him and all three women. Considering all actors are Latin, I would have like to see more dancing, music, and more of Papi character behaving more like a man. Most of the film he is just sleeping while his women are caught up in some kind of criminal scheme. The only reason this movie worked for me was that it was only 80 minutes and it moved fast.
Ironiya sudby. Prodolzhenie (2007)
I just watched this film and I must say I enjoyed it. I am a big fan of the original and I thought Bekhambetov did a good job overall. The plot is similar to the original and very well executed. I felt the film was funny during many scenes and actors did a good job. I only wish they elaborated more on the lives of Kostya and young Nadya before their meeting. We don't even know what Kostya does or where Nadya works or lives; it felt a bit incomplete. It felt like the movie started somewhere in the middle. The thought that Zhenia and Nadya from original film didn't live happily ever after still doesn't sit well with me. I also didn't believe that Zhenia didn't keep in touch with Nadya and never knew about her daughter, or vice versa. Just not very believable. If 2 people love each other, they would find a way to be together, or at least, keep in touch. I also agree that the role of young Nadya wasn't well developed, she seemed a bit distant; still think she did a very good job. In the original film, Zhenia and Nadya were the center of the entire movie, it was all about them. Here, we have more characters which included police, Santa clause, neighbors, and of course, close ups on Camry and cell phones. A lot of time was devoted to many different characters and not enough time given to the main actors Kostya and Nadya. The movie needed probably another hour to get more into their story. On the other hand, I enjoyed the fast pace of the film. Not for a minute did I think it got boring or uninteresting. I thought it was more about Zhenia and his Nadya than their kids. I so wanted to have seem more of Zhenia, Ippolit, Nadya. Still, a very fun film to watch. Can't say that it is better than the original but considering that most sequels do not work, I have to give credit to all who worked on this film. Really enjoyed it....
I was pleasantly surprised by the film "FIREWALL". Jack Stanfeld is a successful banker with beautiful wife and two children. He knows his job and he is respected by his co-workers. Then, suddenly, his family is kidnapped and held hostage in exchange of millions of dollars which Jack must wire to kidnapper's account. Harrison Ford nails the part beautifully, as always. From the very start to the finish I was captured by the film's intensity and action. Harrison Ford still got it... If you like action films, this film is definitely for you. The plot is not complicated and easy to follow. 5.7 rating does not do this film justice, it deserves at least a 7.
Date Movie (2006)
Saw previews for this movie several months ago and it promised to be a funny film. It just came out on DVD and I figured why not. Well, let me tell you something. The only good thing about this movie is that it is only 85 minutes (unlike some other horrible films that last over 2 hours such as Napoleon Dynamite or 40 year old virgin). In 85 minutes they managed to spoof Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Napoleon Dynamate, Hitch, Bridget Jones Diary, My best friend's wedding, Wedding Planner, My big fat Greek wedding, Wedding Crashers, When Harry met Sally, Pretty Woman, Shallow Hal, Sleepless in Seattle, King Kong. Shall I continue? Oh, yes, how about Michael Jackson parody for his album Thriller. The movie is about a shy girl Julia Jones who works at her parent's Greek Restaurant and dreams about finding a prince. I have to admit that there were some funny moments in the movie. Case in point - Julia's dance in the very beginning of the movie, the scene with the cat in the bathroom, and the elimination round during the Reality Show. Some moments were flat out disgusting and very distastefully. Julia is fat... then she is suddenly "pimped out" to be this gorgeous woman. Some characters were totally misplaced and unnecessary. Why Chinese sister? If you are a fan of parodies, maybe you'd like this film. But I have to warn you the commercial for the movie is way better than the movie itself. Good luck
Not as good as advertised
I feel cheated and ashamed at the same time that this country produces such crap. It was like watching SNL sketch with all the actors thrown in into the pile and told to do one liners. White Goodman is the owner of this high tech and very profitable gym while Peter La Fleur is his nemesis across the street who owns Average Joe's gym, which is, of course, on the brinks of bankruptcy. When White wants to take over Average Joe's gym, Peter and his club members need to come up with $50,000 in 30 days to keep the gym alive. What starts out as a promising film turns into an outrageous display of violence and stupidity. My issue with the movie is with the improper cast of roles. Vince Vaughn (Peter La Fleur) and Ben Stiller (White Goodman) would have made a better movie had they been in opposite roles. WHY? Because Vince is more convincing as a bad guy while Ben has always played positive characters. Vince has this evil look in his eyes even when he tries to be a nice guy. Most of the characters looked cartoonish? Nobody acts like that in real life. And what is with this sport Dogdeball? The only goal is to throw balls at each other? A couple of years ago there was a movie called Rollerball which I recall was way more entertaining that this one. At least, in that film they didn't try to make it funny. I think this is where Dodgeball suffers. Had they decided to make it a true Underdog Story without the stupid jokes and unbelievable characters, I think this film would have been much better. Think about this... can you imagine Rocky as a funny film? And what is with the throwing of wrenches. What the film tells is that it's OK to throw wrenches at each other? How insane. At the end of the film the underdogs win, of course. I didn't expect it to be any different. Anyway, to sum it all up, I don't recommend wasting your money on this movie. It is not as good as the advertisers want you to believe.
While I enjoy action and disaster movies, I must say that because of recent events (Hurrican Katrina) any film about a weather disaster should be banned from making. We have seen so many of them in the past several years and all of them seem to be the same - major cast is always trying to predict and stop the hurricane. This film does not offer anything new except for one thing, new name - Category 7. What's next? Category 8... I have a better idea, how come not to call it Category 100. What's the difference? The acting in this film is also nothing of spectacular scale. And how come Randy Quaid always portrays the same guy in all of these disaster films? I am beginning to think they make these films just for him. Today we saw the first part of the film. Next Sunday they will show Part 2. Chances are I won't be watching it. There is not a single character in the movie that I really care about. All the characters so far are underdeveloped and act just like predicted. I also don't get the weather center in D.C. I don't see anyone there over the age of 18. Our lives rest on their weather prediction skills? As for the action scenes, what can I say... average, been there, done that. Time to move on. Show us something we could truly associate with. Why not concentrate more on human side rather than on special effects? Overall, I give it 3 out of 10.
Another sequel - another failure
Here comes another sequel to a classic comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. If anybody ever wanted to see an 80 minute penis joke, then this movie is definitely for you. The first film which came out about 4 years ago gave us a new concept and introduced us to the most memorable characters. In fact, it is one of my favorite comedies. In the sequel we learn that Kate has been eaten by sharks (what a terrible way to kill off somebody) and that T.J. is working in Amsterdam. Somebody is killing off all male gigolos in Amsterdam one by one. T.J. calls on Deuce to help him find out who is the serial killer by becoming a man-whore decoy. From the very beginning to the last minute of the movie virtually every line contained a penis joke... While some moments are funny, they are very repetitive and at times offensive. If you watch many scenes carefully, it looks like the whole movie was done in front of the blue screen. This film is another proof not to make sequels of great films.
Funny and entertaining
Funny and entertaining film about a free spirited young woman Charlie(Jennifer Lopez) who falls in love with a handsome doctor. Everything seems to be perfect until the moment she meets her future mother-in-law. Jane Fonda gives one of her best performances in this film as a psychotic mother who goes out of her way to protect her son from Charlie thinking she is in it for the money. Some may argue that it has a similar plot as Meet the Parents, but watching this film I never once thought of Meet the Parents. These are completely different films even though they deal with a similar topic. If you are for some laughs and clean fun, definitely go see this film. 9 out of 10 for me.
Guess Who (2005)
want my money back
Never intended to see this film but didn't want to disappoint my friends. Went in with extremely low expectations and was absolutely right. The movie is very predictable with the formula we have seen thousands of times before. A nice black girl brings home a white guy to meet her parents. Ashton Kutcher plays the part of the boyfriend Simon Green. Don't get me wrong but does anyone else think that Ashton Kutcher cannot act? Every time I see him in a film, he seems to portray very similar characters. I never felt any chemistry between him and his girlfriend. Bernie Mac who plays an overprotective father goes out of his ways not to like Simon from the start. The jokes are not very funny and at times offensive. Supposedly, this was a remake of a 1967 movie "Guess who is coming to dinner". I cannot comment on the original movie since I have not seen it but I sure hope it was a much better film. 3/10 for me.
Not worth your time or money
I am so glad I didn't see this movie when it came out in theaters. None of the characters are believable especially police officer Washburn. What kind of a cop cannot drive a car? Isn't that a requirement in order to graduate police academy. In fact, they need to drive better than the average Joe. Jimmy Fallon who plays Washburn doesn't fit his character. Queen Latifah seems to get the same parts in every single movie. I think she is a good actress but she needs to explore her abilities as different characters. The taxi she is driving in this movie is cartoonish. The jokes between her and Fallon are not funny but rather pathetic. There is no chemistry between them. The car chases are subpar. We have seen way better chases in other films (Matrix 2, Speed, Ronin, Bad Boys I and II). If it wasn't for the 4 stunningly beautiful models, I would have given this film 1 out of 10. These 4 models play bank robbers and drive a BMW (a hot girl in a BMW - isn't that every man's fantasy... now imagine 4 hot girls). To sum up, this movie needed different actors and funnier more convincing dialogue to pull it off. Didn't work for me...