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Nurse Betty (2000)
I thought this movie was supposed to be funny, so I rented it with my wife. After 20 minutes I asked if she wanted to bail. She wanted to hang in there because she was certain something interesting was going to happen. I ended up bailing near the end. She hung in there out of morbid curiosity.
This was by no means a comedy. There are about 5 chuckles and no real laughs in the whole film. I feel sorry for some of the characters, but found them all unlikeable or unidentifiable. There is more violence than jokes.
The story itself was hugely unrealistic, which for a funny comedy is usually OK. In this movie, it left us saying, "that would never happen," or "they expect us to believe that?".
I should have known when I saw Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear in the film. Neither one has been in a good movie. I'm well aware Greg Kinnear was in As Good as it gets. I stand by my statement.
Bad News Bears (2005)
Horrible, just horrible
If this had been the original, it never would have been remade. Here are my observations of where they went wrong: The original was well acted and believable. The remake was an over the top farce with some of the worst acting I've seen in a major motion picture in along time.
In the original, Kelly and Amanda looked 12. In the remake, they looked 17. Watch them walking with the other Bears, they are about a foot taller.
The Coach Turner character in the first was clearly defined. He was an over aggressive sports dad pushing his son and team relentlessly, eventually melting down and hitting his son in public. The audience was never given a feel for the new Turner, except that he was somewhat wimpy, but unreal as far as any person anyone has ever met.
They removed the scene of Turner hitting his son, then telling his wife that it was because Joey could have killed Engelbert. In reality, Turner was p'd off because his son disobeyed him. In the remake, Turner seems genuinely concerned for Engelbert.
There was almost no character development in the remake. When I saw the first, I felt like I knew the major characters. In the remake, we learned very little. For instance, Lupas in the original was a painfully shy kid who would prefer to be left completely unnoticed. In the remake, he was just a weird kid who had trouble catching.
The emotion was totally gone. The scene where Joey wouldn't throw the ball to put Engelbert out to get back at his father; the scene where Lupas begs not to be put in and Buttermaker tells him he didn't come into this life to watch from the bench; the scene where Lupas finally catches the ball to get the Bears out of the inning; the scene where Kelly gets thrown out at the plate; I could go on forever.
There seem to be strippers in the remake for no apparent reason. The Buttermaker character is supposed to be a sad loner type. To think that Buttermaker is dating strippers take a lot of the sympathy away from him.
Ultimately, there was no magic in the second one. And quite frankly no reason to remake this movie. It occurred to me that the producers of the remake didn't quite get the point of the first one. Or they are insulting teenagers by not believing they are smart enough to get it.
I thought that changing the sponsor to a strip club was funny. And having the representative who sued the league be a woman was a nice update. Other than that, I see nothing where this movie adds to what I already saw. And I didn't even list half of what was worse about it.
If you honestly thought the new version was better, can I ask specifically what you thought was flawed about the original and how the remake did it better?
Good, not great
I'm baffled by the number of people here who are calling this the greatest movie ever. 49% game this movie a 10. I know this might be hard for hard-core Star Wars fans to do, but try to get a grip on reality.
This movie was good, but not great. I recommend that people see this one in a theater because the highlight is the special effects which will be lost on the small screen. If this one has to rest on story alone, a rational person will notice it falls somewhat flat.
With that said, it was interesting to see the creation of Darth Vadar. Also, for someone who enjoyed the 1st one (the real first one from the 1970s) as much as I did it was nice to see how everything came to be.
On second thought, I don't care. You want to this this was the best movie ever, go ahead.